Kohler Releases 2017 Sustainability and Stewardship Report

Report reflects on progress and outlines approach, goals for the future
Sep 12, 2018 8:05 AM ET
Press Release

KOHLER, Wis., September 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ Kohler Co., a global leader in the design and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, has released its second public sustainability and stewardship report. The report examines Kohler’s efforts to positively impact the environment and global communities. In 2017, Kohler continued to closely align with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) including Goal 6 (Ensure Access to Water and Sanitation for All), Goal 7 (Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy) and Goal 12 (Ensure Responsible Consumption and Production Patterns).

Notable 2017 highlights include the reduction of water use per unit of sales by over 4 percent and several smaller initiatives at the plant level that led the company to decrease waste-to-landfill by 14 percent per unit of sales.

The Kohler Sustainability and Stewardship Report also emphasizes key environmental benchmarks and ongoing work to improve the lives of customers and associates alike, including:

Disaster Relief Support

2017 was unprecedented for hurricane activity, with storms Harvey, Irma and Maria leaving millions of people without power and safe drinking water, including 95 percent of Puerto Rican residents. Kohler shipped Clarity filters to Houston and Puerto Rico to provide safe drinking water to residents. In Puerto Rico, the American Federation of Teachers partnered with the humanitarian organization Operation Blessing to deliver more than 30,000 Clarity filters to schools so that classes could resume despite a lack of electricity.

Sustainability in Product Design

Because up to 80 percent of a product’s lifetime environmental impact is determined during the early stages of development, Design for Environment (DfE) activities are concentrated here. The DfE process places environmental impact on equal footing next to traditional Kohler criteria of cost, quality, time-to market and innovation. In 2017, Kohler’s dedicated sustainability team provided product design teams with tools, training and business case support.

To view the full Kohler’s 2017 Sustainability and Stewardship Report, please visit kohler.com/stewardshipreport.

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of 35,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin and St Andrews, Scotland.