GREEN BAY, WIS. - KI has released its second annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which details the company’s commitments in the areas of community and environment. While sustainable practices have always been a part of KI’s heritage, it has sharpened its environmental focus over the past 20 years and set more aggressive goals for the corporation. The report highlights activities KI has implemented to conserve natural resources and reduce waste, consumption and operating costs.

“KI is proud to release our latest CSR report, which makes our commitment to sustainability and employee wellbeing more transparent than ever,” said Norman Nance, vice president, environmental initiatives, KI. “Today, KI has clear sustainability objectives and metrics in place to ensure that it “walks the talk.” Sustainable manufacturing practices and procedures, in addition to community involvement, are important to not only our employees, but also our customers, who emphasize good stewardship of the environment and want to do business with companies that share that commitment.”

KI Releases 2nd Annual Corporate Social Responsibility ReportThe CSR report measures KI’s performance in the areas of environmental and social responsibility and was written within a framework based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Highlights from the report include:

• level™ certification for 161 products under the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association’s (BIFMA) level Sustainability Program. This allows interior designers, architects, facility managers and others across all industries to easily identify and confidently specify increasingly sustainable furniture manufactured by KI.

• 2012 Environmental Statistics (State of Wisconsin):

o 6.2% reduction of materials

o Diverted 500,179 lbs. from landfills

o Cost savings equate to sales of $507,201

• In 2012, KI North American facilities diverted 6,714,014 lbs. of materials from the landfill to recycling centers. This is due to KI’s development of alternative recycling streams for items not typically recyclable, such as waste powder and textile scraps. KI employees are doing their part as well by participating in KI-sponsored recycling initiatives targeting electronic equipment, batteries, eyeglasses and more.

• In 2011, KI reached its 5% normalized GHG reduction goal against 2010 emission levels. In 2012, new GHG reduction targets were set to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 10% by 2015 and 25% by 2020. To date, KI has reduced its absolute GHG emissions by 12.5% over its baseline.

• KI has challenged each of its manufacturing facilities to reduce consumption of energy, water, chemicals and CO2 emissions. Additionally, KI has implemented a Design for the Environment (DfE) program that sets guidelines for the engineering and manufacturing of more environmentally friendly products.

The report also highlights KI’s charitable giving and health and wellness initiatives. In 2012, KI supported many charitable organizations and causes, including the American Cancer Society, Rebuilding Together, United Way and more. KI’s culture promotes a healthy lifestyle. In fact, KI has made a commitment to allow employees to enjoy a better quality of life both at work and at home. As such, KI employees pay $2,051,000 less annually in premiums than the national average for employees working for companies with similar health insurance plans.

KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit


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