Here at Wolverine Worldwide we have been doing everything we can to address PFOA and PFOS – two compounds in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) family – that were contained in 3M Scotchgard™ used in our legacy tanning process. We are reviewing known and reported sites for the disposal of byproducts from this process, and supplying alternate water solutions to every resident in the affected areas while we get answers.
While we’ve been focused on these two most critical items, we haven’t spent enough time telling you exactly what’s happening and what we’re doing. We are hoping to change that. Today, we are launching a new blog – WeAreWolverine.com – designed to keep you informed, give you the facts on the situation, and help tell our side of the story.
In recent weeks, we have been the subject of stories in the local press that have questioned our credibility and have suggested we aren’t committed to doing the right thing. The truth is, we’re still working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and other experts to collect data and find all the answers – and we want you to know we are doing the right thing today and we’re committed to doing the right thing in the future.
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been taking strong, proactive steps to make this right – at the same time we’ve taken some punches – some deserved, while certainly some unfair and uninformed.
We developed this blog as one way for you to hear from us and you’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days and weeks. We hope you’ll visit, learn about what we’re doing to make this right, and hear the other side of story.
We’ve been in this community for nearly 140 years and we plan to continue to remain a company that this community can be proud of for another 140 years.
We are Wolverine.