Corporate Responsibility

Sustainability And CSR At Kohl’s

From large-scale initiatives like constructing environmentally friendly buildings, to everyday practices like recycling hangers, we're taking big steps to ensure we leave a smaller footprint.

So how does Kohl’s drive results through sustainable operations? Here are a few highlights by the numbers:

  • More than 85% of Kohl's stores are ENERGY STAR Certified, including more than 60 stores certified in 2015. That's over 1000 Kohl's stores.
  • Kohl's achieved 100% carbon neutrality for six consecutive years as of 2015.
  • Kohl's is an active member of the EPA's Green Power Partnership program and has ranked #1 on the - Partnership's top 30 for retail, representing the largest green power users.
  • Kohl's is one of the largest hosts of solar electricity in North America, with more than 160 solar arrays including nine solar trees.

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Sustainable Operations

Kohl’s has always been committed to responsible business practices. With simple actions such as recycling or turning off the lights, we've kept efficiency at the forefront of our business model, and in 2006 we created a formal program with sustainable operations as the foundation. From energy efficiency to smart building design, our belief in continuous improvement keeps us setting new goals and exploring innovative opportunities.

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Supply Chain

Our responsibility and commitment to sustainable operations extends beyond our "four walls" to the external partners in our supply chain. However, our goal is to first achieve leadership in sustainability in our own operations before asking the same of others. As we continue to learn more about supply chain sustainability, we improve on best practices and overall efficiency.

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Stakeholder Engagement

We have a responsibility to engage our Associates and customers and encourage each to consider the environment in everyday choices. We champion partnerships with leaders in sustainability. Our relationship with these core groups is vital to the success of our sustainability operations, as well as that of our overall business.  

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Kohl’s CSR Report

At Kohl’s, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means living our values every day in each aspect of our business, and striving to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.

In 2010, we published our first sustainability report. Over time, we have expanded the report to include other areas of CSR, including Kohl's Cares philanthropic programs, the terms of engagement across our supply chain, and the many ways we support our Associates. 

This year, we published our fifth annual CSR report, which covers the fiscal year 2015. We know that our key stakeholders, including our customers, shareholders, vendors and Associates, care about the environment, community and world. Kohl’s has assembled this report with these stakeholders in mind. The report provides an update on how Kohl’s is contributing to a more responsible world through its sustainability, community initiatives and social responsibility programs. 

We have the privilege of being part of communities across the country and work hard to express our values—Put Customer First, Act with Integrity, Build Great Teams and Drive Results—every day in every aspect of our business. We are proud to share our 2015 CSR report , and look forward to continuing our work on these initiatives.

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