Nebraska farmer Greg Anderson and his dog, Buddy, both enjoy the soy-backed grass in December 2021. Anderson’s lawn previously turned brown by summer.

Sport Group, the parent company of soy-backed grass manufacturer SYNLawn, rated #1 for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in Sustainalytics’ Building Products Category.  The company ranked 318 out of 15,082 companies rated by Sustainalytics worldwide.

“U.S. Soy is a centerpiece for our sustainability innovation,” says SYNLawn’s Technical Sales & Product Manager Davis McDougal, who is continuously pursuing even greater progress.

Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG research, ratings and data, recently evaluated the activities of all Sport Group manufacturing and installation companies, including SYNLawn. Other companies rated by Sustainalytics include Apple Inc, Allianz SE, Hugo Boss AG, Microsoft Corp and PepsiCo Inc. Sport Group received low or negligible risk rating in all categories including Environmental and Sustainable Impact of Products and Services, Emissions, Effluents and Waste, Resource Use, Occupational Health & Safety, and Corporate Governance. Together this constituted an overall rating of 11.2 Low.

“We applaud SYNLawn, the largest synthetic grass manufacturer in North America, for their commitment to ESG and their use of U.S. Soy,” said United Soybean Board (USB) Chair Ralph Lott, a farmer from Seneca Falls, N.Y. “USB has a rich history of work with SYNLawn, such as helping host the STEM educational event “Farmers on the Green” at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem.”

In 2021, SYNLawn committed to add more soy than ever to its products, increasing its use of U.S. Soy by 10%. Use of soybean oil and other plant-based renewable materials qualifies multiple SYNLawn products for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label. Through their displacement of petroleum, biobased products reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that exacerbate global climate change.