Kohl’s Department Stores Releases 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility
Report highlights efforts in sustainability, community relations and social
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- April 23, 2013
Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) has released its 2012 corporate social
responsibility (CSR) report, providing updates on the company’s programs and
accomplishments in sustainability, community relations and social compliance.
The report is available for download onKohl’s Investor Relationspage under
Corporate Governance and onKohlsGreen.com.
“In 2012, we continued to evolve and grow many of our programs, furthering the
company’s commitment to our communities, business partners and environmental
responsibility,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and chief
executive officer. “From associate volunteer efforts to educating our supply
chain partners about sustainable practices, Kohl’s and our associates are
dedicated to making a positive difference. I am proud to share what we have
accomplished and our plans for continued progress in the years ahead.”
Kohl’s 2012 CSR Highlights
Sustainability:Kohl’s Cares®: Advancing Environmental Solutions:Kohl’s is
committed to protecting and conserving the environment through solutions that
promote long-term sustainability. Key strategies include supply chain
collaboration, sustainable operations and stakeholder engagement.
*In 2012, Kohl’s expanded its commitment to supply chain sustainability to
include analysis of 50 private brand vendors, as well as the company’s top
325 national brand vendors – representing approximately 90 percent of the
company’s merchandise spend. The company also surveyed 38 non-merchandise
business partners in the areas of transportation and consumables. Kohl’s
leverages these scores in key areas of sustainability to foster consistent
dialogue and education and to help vendors establish their own programs
*As of the end of fiscal 2012, Kohl’s:
*achieved 752 ENERGY STAR-certified locations, adding 75 stores in
2012 with a goal to reach 800 certified locations by 2015.
*purchased more than 1.5 billion kWh of renewable energy credits,
offsetting 100 percent of the company’s purchased electricity use and
achieving net zero emissions for the third consecutive year.
*operated 137 solar arrays at stores and corporate facilities,
including 16 new locations added in 2012. The company also activated
its largest solar location to date at its Edgewood, Md. e-commerce
fulfillment center. Kohl’s aims to have 200 active solar arrays by
*recycled more than 83 percent of all operating waste with a goal to
recycle 85 percent by 2015.
*rolled out electronic signs to all stores, saving nearly 35,000
sheets of paper per store each month. In addition, all stores are now
able to provide e-receipts to Kohl's Charge customers.
*achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for more than 300
*operated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 60 locations
across 16 states for customers to charge their EVs for free while
*Kohl’s is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better
Buildings Challenge and has set a goal to reduce energy use by 20 percent
in more than 112 million square feet of occupied building space by 2020.
Community Relations:Kohl’s is committed to giving back to the communities the
company serves – not only through charitable donations and resources, but also
with talent and time.
*Kohl’s Cares®: Kids Health and Education:Kohl’ssupports kids' health and
education initiatives in communities nationwide. With more than a decade
of dedication and millions of dollars raised, Kohl’s aims to give kids a
happier, healthier future.
*Cause Merchandise Program:Since 2000, more than $231 million has
been raised through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program,
including more than $22.8 million raised in 2012.
*Hospital Partners:Kohl’s partners with more than 160 hospitals
nationwide to help educate kids and their parents about injury
prevention, childhood obesity, asthma, immunizations and more.
*Scholarship Program:Since 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than
17,500 kids with nearly $3.5 million in scholarships and prizes
through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. In 2012, Kohl’s
recognized more than 2,200 kids with more than $420,000 in
scholarships and prizes.
*Fundraising Gift Card Program: Since 2000, the Kohl’s Cares
Fundraising Gift Card program has raised more than $38 million in
fundraising dollars, providing a simple, effective way to help raise
funds for schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations.
*Hometown: Since 2000, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have combined to give
approximately $55 million to support charitable initiatives in the
*Kohl’s Cares®: Supporting Women’s Health:In Wisconsin, through
Kohl’s cause merchandise program and partnerships with notable
women's health organizations like the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate
of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society
Midwest Division, Kohl’s continues to fund research, raise awareness
and educate women about the importance of regular breast exams and
breast cancer prevention.
*In 2012, Kohl’s represented the largest corporate team at the
Milwaukee events for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and
American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
with approximately 6,500 and 3,000 associates, friends and family
*In Wisconsin stores and atKohls.com, Kohl’s showcased exclusive
breast cancer cause merchandise from ELLE, Dana Buchman, FILA SPORT
and LC Lauren Conrad with 100 percent of the net profit supporting
the fight against breast cancer.
*Kohl’s Cares®: Associates in Action:Kohl’s associates are making a
difference in the lives of children by volunteering for youth-serving
nonprofit organizations and environmental initiatives. When a minimum of
five associates from one Kohl’s location volunteer at least three
consecutive hours of their time with a qualifying organization, associates
help the nonprofit earn a grant.
*Since 2001, more than 669,000 Kohl’s associates volunteered for more
than 2.2 million hours during more than 114,000 events, resulting in
more than $63 million in grants donated. In 2012, more than 160,000
Kohl’s associates volunteered for more than 528,000 hours during more
than 28,000 events, resulting in more than $15.7 million in grants
*Disaster Relief: Since 2001, Kohl’s has given more than $5.5 million
toward disaster relief efforts. In 2012, Kohl’s gave more than $1.2
million toward these initiatives and donated to the American Red Cross in
support of relief efforts following natural disasters. The company also
encourages associates to volunteer in support of recovery efforts through
Associates in Action.
Social Compliance:Kohl’s is committed to operating within the highest
standards of social responsibility and holds partners to these same high
standards throughKohl’s Terms of Engagement policy, which isavailable in
full at connection.kohls.comunder the “new vendors” tab. Among highlights for
*Kohl’s continued to emphasize open, ongoing communication with vendor
partners through numerous individual training sessions for partners to
promote understanding and compliance with Kohl’s requirements.
*Kohl’s is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Social/Labor
*Kohl’s participated in the Better Factories Cambodia and Better Work
Vietnam programs, which are focused on strengthening labor standards in
export garment industries in specified countries.
*Kohl’s completed more than 3,700 factory monitoring visits to more than
Additional information about Kohl’s efforts in the areas of sustainability,
community relations and social compliance is available onKohl’s Investor
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused,
value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced,
exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home
products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to
environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates1,155stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than$231million
for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause
merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and
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