Corporate Social Responsibility: Our Impact by the Numbers
Explore our impact by the numbers to see the strides we made in 2022 toward sustainable practices and community connection.
At KI, sustainability is at the core of what we do. We’re constantly evaluating how to raise the bar for product design and manufacturing practices, minimize our impact on the environment, and support our employees, their families, and our local and global communities.
In recognition of Earth Month, we’re excited to release our latest annual corporate social responsibility report. Take a look at our impact by the numbers below!
Highlights: Our 2022 Social Responsibility Impact by the Numbers
decrease in greenhouse gas emissions
pounds of material diverted from landfills
of solar energy redirected to power grid for reuse
products certified for sustainability
trees planted in eight countries
donated to community organizations
17% Decrease in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
To mitigate the impacts of climate change, we established a new goal last year to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of 2023 compared to our 2017 levels. We’re proud to say that we’re well on our way. Throughout 2022, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 17% and reduced our energy consumption by 22.6%. To achieve our goal by the end of 2023, we have committed ourselves to further investing in initiatives that promote a more sustainable future.
13.7M Pounds of Material Diverted From Landfills
In 2022, we diverted 13.7 million pounds of material from our manufacturing facilities from going to landfills. We also directed 3.1 million pounds of that material to recycling centers. Compared to the year prior, this is a 40% increase in overall waste reduction.
Looking ahead, we aim to transition to 100% recyclable packaging to reduce our landfill contribution even further.
36% of Solar Energy Redirected to Power Grid
Our corporate design and development center has nearly 500 solar panels covering more than 22,000 square feet of rooftop space. Last year, the renewable energy gathered by our solar panel system offset all electrical usage at the design and development center and sent 36% of that energy back to the grid to be used elsewhere.
146 Products Certified for Sustainability
In 2022, KI achieved the most rigorous tier of LEVEL certifications for 146 product families. The LEVEL certification process is completed by a third-party certifier that evaluates products against criteria laid out by BIFMA in accordance with ANSI procedures, including whether a product is sourced and manufactured in an environmentally-conscious and socially-responsible manner. Our LEVEL-certified products allow architects, designers, and customers to easily identify the most sustainable furniture in our product portfolio.
Additionally, we design 100% of our products with closed-loop design thinking, where we use components that are easy to disassemble, repair, and recycle at the end of the product's life. We're constantly working to improve our closed-loop product design, including optimizing the chemical makeup of materials, to ensure our products last for generations and can be recycled when they're no longer usable.
Watch the video below to hear from our industrial design team and learn how they approach closed-loop design thinking to help KI deliver value at every step of the product lifecycle.
3,665 Trees Planted in Eight Countries
Back in 2017, we partnered with PrintReleaf to track paper consumption at our corporate headquarters and replant trees based on our usage. So far, we’ve planted more than 3,600 trees in forests that need it most around the world, including more than 600 trees last year alone. Through PrintReleaf, we’ve planted trees in California, Canada, Ireland, Dominican Republic, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Madagascar.
$144,000 Donated to Community Organizations
Giving back to those within our community is at the heart of how we do business. Last year, we donated $144,000 to local organizations such as:
- Bellin Run, an annual 10K race here in Green Bay with thousands of participants, with the mission of promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.
- Green Bay Chamber Fund, supporting the economic development of our community through the Greater Green Bay Chamber.
- Literacy Green Bay, a non-profit that helps adults and families build reading, writing, math, English language, and workforce skills.
- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Phoenix Fund, which provides financial support to UW-Green Bay students experiencing financial hardship.
We continue to support local chapters of national organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and the YMCA.
We also prioritize making in-kind donations of furniture in the spirit of Changing Lives One Chair at a Time, an initiative that recognizes our impact as a company extends far beyond the products we make. Last holiday season, for instance, we donated 72 beds to local community shelters. In addition, we recently donated chairs to a local company that fundraised more than $800,000 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
Evolving Today for a Better Tomorrow
Although we’re proud of the steps we’ve taken to improve our corporate social responsibility efforts, we’re certainly not finished. We constantly look for ways to grow our sustainable processes and community support.
Learn more about our dedicated corporate stewardship and sustainability efforts in our full 2022 Social Responsibility Report below.
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