Steelcase 2023 Impact Report announces progress towards a better future

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Grand Rapids – Steelcase released its 2023 Impact Report, Our Work Toward Better Futures. The report highlights the company’s recent accomplishments that improve the wellbeing of people and the planet.

With aggressive climate reduction goals, the company was the first in the industry to become carbon neutral in 2020, the first to set science-based targets to reduce emissions from its operations by 50%, the first to partner with suppliers to establish their own emissions reduction targets and the first, and only, to offer products with CarbonNeutral certification.

Better Futures for People

The new report details how the company is building community and belonging for people with its work toward equitable access to opportunity in the workplace and the world, focused on three significant areas of impact – helping communities thrive, fostering inclusion and acting with integrity. Progress includes:

•    Activating community partnerships in 37 Steelcase locations around the world and partnering with 169 organizations on more than 278 projects to address the root causes of inequalities around the world.
•    Growing employee participation in DEI learning experiences by 43.7% and offering more than 200 DEI learning experiences.

“Our goal is to help people do their best work by creating places that work better. But making products in the 21st century compels us to ask, ‘How can we design better futures for the wellbeing of people and the planet?’” said Kim Dabbs, Steelcase vice president of ESG and social innovation. “Our 2023 Impact Report represents all the hard work being done throughout our organization and I’m grateful and proud of our teams that work tirelessly every day to create better futures for people and the planet.”

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Better Futures for the Planet

Steelcase is helping the planet by recognizing its role in climate change and actively reducing its environmental impact. The company’s leadership can be seen in its progress on three significant areas of impact – reducing its carbon footprint, designing for circularity and choosing and using materials responsibly. Progress includes:

•    Achieving a 24% reduction toward the 2030 Science Based Targets initiative-approved goal of reducing emissions by half since 2019. Adding solar panels, expanding LED lighting and reducing use of natural gas helped Steelcase achieve this reduction.
•    Partnering with 12 suppliers to set their own science-based emissions reduction targets, an area of focus that leads the industry in its ambitious effort to enlist suppliers to also reduce their emissions.
•    Introducing the industry’s first, and only, products with CarbonNeutral® certification, helping customers offset carbon emissions for the entire lifecycle of a product.
•    Diverting 6,642 tons of furniture from the landfill since 2021 with its end-of-use partners.

“There is always more to do, and we’re committed to making progress every day. That’s why our goals are grounded in science, and we are focused on actions that help mitigate the worst effects of climate change,” said Dabbs.

To read the full report, visit Steelcase_Impact_Report.pdf

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