Corporate Sustainability Report 2018

Corporate Sustainability Report 2018

For more than a century, Steelcase has believed in the power of people. Every day, in locations around the globe, we work to unlock human promise and create meaningful, lasting change.

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Our Sustainability Promise

Sustainability at Steelcase is about people. It’s about creating and supporting the economic, environmental and social conditions that allow people and communities to reach their full potential.

Sustainability at Steelcase

Our Vision
Our Promises
Progress + Goals

Our Vision

Our Vision

Bringing Lasting Value

Our sustainability vision is clear: bring lasting value to our customers, employees, shareholders, partners, communities and the environment.

We do this by…

  • Designing products and solutions to benefit people
  • Consulting with customers to help meet sustainability goals
  • Collaborating with key partners to further the science and practice of sustainability
  • Operating in a socially responsible way
  • Increasing expectations of our supply chain partners
  • Reporting global metrics

Our Promises

Our Promises

Customers

Helping our customers succeed in their business and meet their sustainability goals is priority number one at Steelcase. We deliver on that commitment with research-backed strategies, innovative end of use solutions, a robust supply chain, and products that help unlock the promise of our customers’ employees.

 

Communities

We value our global relationships, sharing our resources, talents, materials and leadership to tackle entrenched issues like education and environment. Change happens on the local level, and we’re working hard to make a difference for individuals, communities and all of humankind.

Partners

Creating lasting change takes a committed team, and we’re fortunate to work with some of the finest partners in the industry. From universities to suppliers, dealers to community organizations, we’re forging a more innovative, sustainable future through collaboration.

 

Employees

We honor the unique talents, skills and perspectives of our employees, knowing full well that their contributions are what propel us. We value the whole person, and seek to help each employee fulfill their highest potential through policies, practices and honest engagement.

Environment

Simply complying with standards isn’t enough anymore. We’re working to conserve more, use less, find better ways, source more responsible materials, and leave a legacy of positive change that benefits us all.

Ourselves

We’re taking a hard look at our actions, putting sustainability at the center of the decision wheel, and implementing organizational change to be the most economically, socially and environmentally responsible company we can be.

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Progress + Goals

Progress + Goals

Achieving Results

Careful measurement is key to managing impact. We’re committed to measuring and reporting on our progress in a transparent and authentic way.

This is a snapshot of some of the goals we’re reaching for and progress we’ve made over the last few years:

  • Helping clients donate, resell and recycle furniture assets, saving them more than $4.4 million in 2016
  • $5.3 million donated in 2016
  • 92,000 volunteer hours since 2015
  • 20% reduction in energy use and associated GHG emissions since 2010
  • 45% reduction in waste since 2010
  • 10% reduction in water use since 2010
  • 82% reduction in VOC emissions since 2010

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Products

Overview
Materials Chemistry
Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments
End-of-use Strategies
Certificates + Profiles

Overview

Overview

Designing for Sustainability

We believe that providing the best solutions for our customers begins by ensuring they’re the best solutions for our environment. That’s why every step of the way – through design, manufacturing, delivery and product lifecycle – we consider the impact of our work on people and on the environment and uncover opportunities to make things better.

Materials Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

Knowing. Acting. Solving.

We take a comprehensive approach to understanding what goes into our products we’re both precautionary and proactive.

As a leader in our industry, our materials chemistry practice assesses materials to understand their potential impacts on human and environmental health. To date, we have assessed over 1,600 materials. We are actively working with our supply chain to eliminate and phase out materials of concern and to develop suitable alternatives where they may not yet exist.

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Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments

Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments

Turning Insights into Action

We rely on a human-centered approach to design, uncovering insights that translate into careful attention for people, our planet and the living things it supports.

We design products for circularity by avoiding and eliminating materials of concern, optimizing performance throughout the life cycle and for remaking, recovery, and end of life strategies.

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End-of-use Strategies

End-of-use Strategies

Closing the Loop

Good design and choosing the right materials can ensure a product will be desirable and have a long life. It also can ensure the product can be recycled. Our products are designed for easy disassembly, allowing pieces to be separated easily and quickly for replacement or recycling.

Every year, we extend the useful life of thousands of products. through our end of use program, we’re helping businesses dispose of their surplus office furniture in socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways. First, we work with them to understand the situation. Then,with our partners, we present options that meet their goals, whether it’s income, landfill diversion or charitable donation.

Learn more about End of Use programs.

Certificates + Profiles

Certificates + Profiles

Certificates

Our products carry a number of third-party verified certifications, reflecting our commitment to deliver on our promises.

These certification programs include:

  • BIFMA level®
  • Blauer Engel
  • China Environmental Label
  • Cradle to Cradle™
  • E1
  • EU Ecolabel (European Flower)
  • FCS® Chain of Custody
  • NF Environnement
  • PEFC™
  • Oeko Tex®
  • SCS Indoor Advantage™

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Product Environmental Profiles (PEPs)*

PEPs answers questions such as:

  • How much recycled content is used in a product?
  • What is its recyclability?
  • What is the product’s potential for LEED contribution?
  • What certifications are available?

*PEPs are not available for all products globally

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