Corporate Sustainability Report 2016

Corporate Sustainability Report 2016

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
Progress + Goals
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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

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:

  • Investing in Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) equivalent to 100% of our global electricity use
  • $5.9 million donated in 2015
  • Over 38,000 employee volunteer hours in 2015
  • 9.5% reduction in energy use since 2010
  • 44% reduction in waste since 2010
  • 9% reduction in water use since 2010
  • 75% reduction in VOCs since 2010

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Reporting Our Progress

True progress takes continuous and coordinated efforts to create the economic, environmental and social conditions that allow people and communities to thrive. We have strong beliefs that guide us, and we’re putting our beliefs into action.

Every day, in every decision, we work hard to deliver on our purpose and create real world results.

We share these results in an authentic and transparent way in our annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

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Products

Overview
Materials Chemistry
Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments
End of Use + Recycling
Certificates + Profiles

Overview

Overview

Designing for Sustainability

We believe the only way to provide the best office furniture solutions is to ensure they’re the best products for the world. 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.

Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments

Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments

Turning Insights into Action

We concentrate our efforts on understanding the life cycle impacts of our products – from materials extraction, production, transport, use and reuse, through the end of life. These efforts continue to yield deep insights that influence every facet of our operation.

We contribute to the growing body of research around social impact life cycle assessments. We also bridge research with practical realities, creating actionable practices and standards.

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End of Use + Recycling

End of Use + Recycling

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.

Our products are built to last; sometimes they outlast customer needs.Therefore, we offer multiple programs to extend a product’s lifespan through reuse and recycling, refurbishing and donating. These end of use services keep furniture out of landfills, provide non-profit organizations with needed resources and help customers meet their sustainability goals.

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™
  • EU Ecolabel (European Flower)
  • FCS® Chain of Custody
  • NF Environnement
  • PEFC™
  • Oeko Tex®
  • SCS Indoor Advantage™

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

Find certificates, Product Environmental Profiles, and additional sustainability information in the Resource Center.

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Insights + Strategies

People + Purpose

Customers often turn to us to do more than provide furniture for workspaces. We’ve helped optimize real estate and create spaces that support employee wellbeing. And though these are important elements of any workspace, we’re looking ahead and shifting the conversation to something larger – the promise of people. Today, we’re focusing on helping customers create spaces designed to accomplish an array of goals.

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Recycle and resuse

End of Use Strategies

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.

 

Sustainable Procurement Strategies

With products designed to support human and environmental health, and the wellbeing of both people and the planet, we’re providing real value to every purchase. With our suite of tools, we help our customers understand their impacts, from real estate to furnishings, and help them make more informed, more responsible decisions.

Employee Wellbeing

We use our insights to create workspaces that holistically address the wellbeing and productivity of our customers’ employees and positively influence the way they feel and how they perform. Our innovative products and applications provide ergonomic support, encourage movement and avoid materials of concern to support the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people.

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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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Steelcase complies with the WEEE Directive

Steelcase complies with the WEEE Directive

Steelcase complies with the WEEE Directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on August 13, 2012 and became effective on February 14, 2014. The objectives WEEE are to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment, to protect human health and to utilize natural resources prudently and rationally. WEEE requires producers to finance the take back and recycling of products placed on the market in European Economic Area (EEA).

Steelcase products that are considered WEEE are marked with the crossed-out wheelie. Products marked out with this symbol should not be disposed of in the normal waste stream. If a product has the following symbol, it is considered WEEE:

If you have an end-of-life Steelcase product that is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields to work properly and is a stand-alone product, please contact scsd@steelcase.com for more information.

Resources + Contact

Resources
Contact

Resources

Resources

Product Documents

Find certificates, Product Environmental Profiles (PEPs), and additional sustainability information, explore the Resource Center.