Kohl's Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today released its 2011 corporate
social responsibility (CSR) report, providing updates on the company's
programs and accomplishments in sustainability, community relations and
social compliance. It is available for download on Kohl's
Investor Relations page under Corporate Governance and on KohlsGreenScene.com.
While the company has for several years posted a Report to Shareholders
on Social Responsibility on its Investor Relations page and last year
released a corporate sustainability report, this marks the company's
first formal, comprehensive social responsibility report.
"Kohl's has a longstanding commitment to social responsibility with the
goal of making a positive impact on the customers and communities we
serve and the environment we share," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's
chairman, president and chief executive officer. "It is our hope that
this report demonstrates this commitment and continues to serve as a
resource each year on the advancement and integration of our CSR efforts
- from our Kohl's Cares programs to our social compliance efforts and
ongoing collaboration with our suppliers."
Kohl's 2011 CSR Highlights
Sustainability - Kohl's
Cares®: Advancing Environmental Solutions: Kohl's
is committed to protecting and conserving the environment through
innovative solutions that promote long-term sustainability.
In 2011, Kohl's revised its environmental strategies to reflect an
enhanced focus on supply chain sustainability efforts and stakeholder
engagement, with operational programs such as energy efficiency,
building design and waste reduction continuing to serve as a key focus.
As of the end of fiscal 2011, Kohl's:
operated 121 solar arrays at stores and corporate facilities.
achieved ENERGY STAR labels for 677 locations.
achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for more than
200 locations and earned Gold LEED pre-certification on its
prototypes for new and existing stores.
purchased more than 1.4 billion kWh of renewable energy credits,
offsetting 100 percent of Kohl's purchased electricity use.
recycled 78 percent of all operating waste.
surveyed the company's top 300 vendors on their sustainability
practices each quarter, with the average score improving seven
points from 2010.
executed 18,880 backhaul trips to its distribution centers from
vendors on return trips to stores, eliminating more than 4.3
million empty miles.
served as a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better
Building's Challenge, a founding circle member of the Sustainable
Apparel Coalition and a participant in Business for Social
Responsibility's Energy Efficiency Pilot.
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.
Cares® - Kids Health and Education: Kohl's supports
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.
Merchandise Program: Since 2000, more than $208 million has
been raised through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program,
including more than $28 million raised in 2011.
Partners: Since 2000, Kohl's has donated $149 million to more
than 160 hospital partners nationwide, including more than $23
million donated in 2011.
Program: Since 2001, Kohl's has recognized more than 15,000
kids with over $3 million in scholarships and prizes through the
Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program. In 2011, Kohl's recognized
nearly 2,200 kids with more than $400,000 in scholarships and
Gift Card program: Since 2000, more than 12,500 organizations
have participated in the Kohl's Cares Fundraising Gift Card
program, raising more than $35 million in fundraising dollars and
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 $43 million to support charitable initiatives
in the metro-Milwaukee area, including $9.4 million in 2011.
Cares®: Women's Health: In Wisconsin, through Kohl's
cause merchandise program and partnerships with world-class 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
In 2010, Kohl's committed to donating more than $7 million over
three years to the American Cancer Society's Midwest Division and
the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In 2011, 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 more than 5,000 and 2,000 associates, friends and family
In Wisconsin stores and at Kohls.com,
Kohl's showcased exclusive breast cancer cause merchandise from
Simply Vera Vera Wang, Dana Buchman and FILA SPORT with 100
percent of the net profit donated to the fight against breast
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 500,000 Kohl's associates volunteered for
more than 1.6 million hours during more than 85,000 events,
resulting in more than $47 million in grants donated. In 2011,
more than 123,000 Kohl's associates volunteered for more than
420,000 hours during more than 21,000 events, resulting in more
than $12.4 million in grants donated.
Since 2001, Kohl's has given more than $4.2 million toward
disaster relief efforts. In 2011, Kohl's gave more than $900,000
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 clean-up
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 through Kohl's
Terms of Engagement policy, which is available in full at connection.kohls.com
under the "new vendors" tab. Among highlights for 2011:
Kohl's continued to emphasize open, ongoing communication with vendor
partners. The company conducted numerous individual training sessions
for partners to promote understanding and compliance with Kohl's
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 3,400 factory monitoring visits, including
more than 2,000 unannounced visits at more than 1,900 facilities.
Additional information about Kohl's efforts in the areas of
sustainability, community relations and social compliance is available
Investor Relations page, Kohls.com/Cares
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 operates 1,134 stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more
than $208 million 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.
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Vicki Shamion, 262-703-1464