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Kohler Co. outlines strategy and progress in 2022 report

By Stephen Elliott

July 16, 2023

Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis., released its 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report with metrics of the company’s “Believing in Better” philosophy outlining ambitions and progress across environmental sustainability; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); and social impact initiatives. 

Kohler logo“Over the past year, we made substantial progress advancing Kohler’s environmental sustainability, DEI, and social impact strategies. We established targets for relevant Scope 3 emissions, conducted a climate risk assessment, and continued to innovate new products that conserve water and materials,” said David Kohler, chairman and CEO, Kohler Co. “We increased investment in Kohler WasteLAB to advance the company’s circularity strategy and acquired businesses like Heila Technologies and Curtis Instruments to strengthen our clean energy offerings.” 

In 2022, Kohler intensified the operationalization of its environmental practices around energy, water and waste; continued to advance its diversity hiring; engaged more associates to give back to their communities; and expanded programs and partnerships that positively impact lives through arts, education, health and well-being support. Highlights from the 2022 report include: 

  • GHG, water and waste intensity reductions: Achieved 16 percent reduction in GHG emissions, 10 percent reduction for water and 23 percent reduction in waste, respectively.  
  • Global operational energy use intensity reduction: Saw a 41 percent reduction since 2008, an increase from 30 percent in 2021. 
  • Water savings and products: Contributed 88 billion gallons of water saved in 2022, and over 560 billion gallons saved since 2007, with Kohler WaterSense-labeled products.  
  • Diverse hiring: Exceeded 2022 goal for diverse hiring with 53 percent of new hires, permanent and exempt, in the US representing diverse backgrounds. 
  • Associate engagement: Hosted over 300 associate-led global community engagement activities, up from 80 in 2021, and increased the number of Business Resource Groups (BRGs) available to associates to 10 — including Bold Ability (creating a disability friendly workplace) and ARK (Asian Resources of Kohler). 
  • Lives impacted: Positively impacted over 1 million lives in 2022 and more than 17.1 million since 1990 through Kohler Safe Water for All, educational, and arts and industries programs. 

 “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made to bring more innovative, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable solutions to more people, in addition to providing safe water and sanitation for communities that lack equitable access,” said Laura Kohler, chief sustainability and DEI officer. “Our passionate associates and leadership are integrating our Believing in Better philosophy into business strategies and operations which generates ideas and actions for improvement across the organization.” 

To read more on Kohler’s progress and impact, access the 2022 ESG Report here.