HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) released its third annual sustainability report, titled Catalysts for Change, which describes ATD's 2022 achievements, industry leadership and progress toward the goals its outlined in its inaugural 2020 report.
ATD said it focuses on key areas of sustainability: energy and carbon management; recycling and the circular economy; fleet sustainability and efficient logistics; data security and privacy; diversity, equity and inclusion and associate health, safety and well-being.
"I am tremendously proud of the work we accomplished last year, and I'm excited to share the results in this report," ATD President and CEO Stuart Schuette said.
"Our theme for this report, 'Catalysts for Change,' celebrates the work we are doing to pioneer a more sustainable future not just for ourselves, but for the entire automotive aftermarket industry."
ATD said its sustainability strategy and goals are integral to its success, as they increase value for both internal and external stakeholders.
"ATD's commitment to improving the environment, its communities and its governance enables the company to be a catalyst for the circular tire economy," ATD said.
"As demonstrated in the 2022 report, the connected vision goes far beyond distribution, inspiring ATD to leverage its assets, capabilities and relationships to build a more sustainable future."
The company highlighted specific achievements in 2022:
- Introduced a tire-recycling program that allows ATD to participate fully in the circular economy. The program has resulted in nearly 150,000 recycled tires and more than 1,400 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in avoided emissions, equivalent to not needing to burn 1.6 million pounds of coal.
- Installed solar panels at its Field Support Center in Huntersville, covering one-third of the facility's electricity needs.
- Improved safety measures, including additional collision-avoidance technology for new fleet vehicles, extra visual management and improved procedures to increase power industrial truck operator safety and additional defensive driving content.
- Increased associate diversity to 45% in 2022, up from 41% in 2021.
- Raised $1.5 million for the Gary Sinise Foundation which benefits active military, veterans and first responders.
"We are proud to have achieved these milestones in the midst of an uncertain economy, supply-chain disruptions and inventory challenges," Schuette said. "This is an exciting continuation of ATD's commitment to our communities and our planet, and I can't wait to see what we accomplish next."
The full report can be read at esg.atd.com.