As designers and makers, we understand that our work has a major impact on the planet through the resources we use. So, we are working to reduce our carbon footprint by meeting more ambitious climate goals at a greater global scale than anyone in our industry.
Our Commitments to Reduce Embodied Carbon
Rapidly reduce emissions from our operations
Our goals are validated through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the leading authority that tells us how much and how quickly we need to reduce emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. By 2030, we commit to:
- Reduce our owned direct and indirect emissions, such as those from our facilities and transportation or electricity use (scopes 1 + 2) by 50% by 2030.
- Reduce our indirect emissions from business travel (scope 3) by 14% by 2030
- Reduce our indirect emissions from waste generated in our operations (scope 3) by 14% by 2030.
Our Guiding Principles
Climate science is the foundation of our carbon commitments. And the science is clear: to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C by halving global emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050. That’s why we chose to set science-based targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, which means that we are committed to reducing our emissions in line with this 1.5°C pathway, the most ambitious objective of the Paris Agreement.
Still, we know that addressing climate change requires collective action. This is why we partner with our suppliers on this work. We also know that voluntary corporate actions like ours and those of our suppliers must be supported by Paris-aligned policies around the world. Thus, we strive to use our commitments and corporate voice to send a clear signal to governments on the importance of their decisive action and to advocate for an array of issues that are critical not only to the success of our own goals but to the broader global net zero transition.
Our Carbon Neutral Commitment
As our first-order priority, we’re working to reduce our owned direct and indirect emissions, such as those from our facilities and transportation or electricity use (scopes 1 and 2) by 50% by 2030 by investing in energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy and other strategic projects.
At the same time, we know that to secure a 1.5°C future, companies have an important role to play in mobilizing resources to support and scale clean energy development, biodiversity protection and the reduction and removal of emissions that fall outside of corporate value chains. So, in 2020, we strengthened our commitment to annually finance verified carbon offset projects and purchase 100% renewable energy equivalent to our scope 1 and 2 emissions, respectively, the first in our industry to make such a commitment and become operationally carbon neutral.
Reach Your Sustainability Goals with Certified CarbonNeutral® Products
While we work to reduce the embodied carbon of our products through our science-based targets and complementary sustainability commitments, today we offer a collection of solutions with CarbonNeutral® product certification.
We started by certifying one of our most popular work chairs, Steelcase Series™ 1. Now we’ve expanded our CarbonNeutral® product certification option to our best work chairs and height-adjustable desks - the result is leading the way for our industry with cradle-to-grave CarbonNeutral® products. The same chairs, ergonomics, and quality you expect from Steelcase, now with less impact on the planet to help you achieve your sustainability goals.
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How Collective Actions Protect the Planet
Three programs demonstrate ways to keep waste out of landfills, choose and use materials responsibly and reduce our carbon footprint.