GREEN BAY, WI - KI has released its third 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 its 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.”
The 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 172 products, 35 of which are level 2 certified 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.
• 2013 KI Environmental Statistics:
o Diverted 6,671,165 lbs. of materials from the landfill to recycling centers
o Produced 130 MWh of solar renewable energy; purchased 288 MWh of renewable energy credits
o Decreased water use by 15% over 2012
o Decreased greenhouse gas use by 6% and energy use by 8% over 2012
o Received the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Master Award for excellent performance in nine sustainability areas ranging from energy and water use to educational outreach and employee engagement to company governance
o KI installed a 115 KW roof-mounted solar panel system (480 solar panels) on its Design Center to offset electricity made from fossil fuels
The report also highlights KI’s charitable giving and health and wellness initiatives. In 2013, KI supported many charitable organizations and causes, including Save a Sample!, 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 $2,086,000 less annually in premiums than the national average for employees working for companies with similar health insurance plans.
View KI’s new CSR report at www.ki.com/green.
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 www.ki.com/green.
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