Cintas Named a USA Today Climate Leader 2023

USA Today Climate Leader

Cintas Corporation  has been nominated to the inaugural USA Today Climate Leader 2023 list in honour of its dedication to and progress in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions intensity in previous years.

USA Today collaborated with Statista, a renowned global provider of market and consumer data, to create its first-ever Climate Leader ranking. They identified the corporations with headquarters in the United States that achieved the largest reductions in their core emissions intensity – the measurement of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions as a percentage of sales – between 2019 and 2021.

Cintas reduced its emissions intensity by 7.5% in fiscal year 2022, to 82.6 MTCO2e/$M, bringing its four-year emissions intensity decrease to 27%. Cintas’ 2022 ESG Report contains additional information on its emissions performance and data methodologies.

“Rallying around our sustainability vision – A Shared Drive for Better – has been important for us and our business,” stated Todd Schneider, Cintas President and CEO. “Our history of identifying opportunities and solutions through our positive discontent culture has had a significant impact on reducing our environmental impact.”

USA Today Climate Leader

“We are grateful to USA Today for naming Cintas a Climate Leader in its inaugural programme.” We believe that technological advancements and innovation will continue to be major drivers in our sustainability initiatives, particularly as we find new opportunities.

Enterprise-wide measures such as an LED lighting conversion project, as well as a continued commitment to Operational Excellence and Reliability programmes, have all contributed to a reduction in GHG emissions intensity.

Other recent initiatives, such as the introduction of its first electric fleet vehicles and the SmartTruck fleet routing optimisation programme, are projected to contribute to continuous reductions in emissions intensity.

Cintas stated its intention to attain Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 in September 2021 and has continued to develop its enterprise-wide sustainability plan.

“We never stop challenging the status quo in everything we do to deliver A Shared Drive for Better,” stated Christy Nageleisen, Cintas Vice President of ESG. “As we continue on our ESG Journey, particularly our Path to Net Zero, we will continue to embrace opportunities that elevate sustainable solutions.” We’ve made great progress in recent years in developing more efficient methods to operate, and we’ll continue to assess every input and output as we work to reduce our environmental effect, including direct and indirect emissions.”

The company’s sustainable business concept dates back to the Great Depression, when out-of-work circus performers Doc and Amelia Farmer collected soiled, discarded store rags and cleaned them at home before selling them back to the same customers.