We have been recognized with numerous sustainability awards but are very proud of our recent rankings in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Barron’s list of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in 2019. These honors are further proof that we take environmental responsibility seriously.
DJSI Retail North America Family Listing
Kohl’s has been named to the 2018 DJSI retail North America family listing. We were selected for inclusion because we embody the ‘gold standard’ for corporate social responsibility based on RobecoSAM analysis. We are one of only four retail-focused companies, of 28 invited companies, to be included on this year's listing.
Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies
For the first time, in 2019 Kohl's was named to Barron's list of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies. Kohl’s was recognized for our strong commitment to environmental, social and corporate governance practices. Image reprinted with permission of Barron’s
CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)
Kohl’s was awarded a C on the 2018 Climate Change disclosure for our climate management strategies and carbon emission reduction. We are proud to report three consecutive years of a downward trend in emissions from our operations as we continue to emphasize using energy efficiently and sourcing renewable energy. By lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and monitoring our environmental footprint, Kohl’s demonstrates our commitment to healthy families and a healthy future.
EPA ENERGY STAR Partner & Sustained Excellence Award
Our cooperating partnership with the EPA ENERGY STAR program has remained consistent since 1998. Kohl’s was selected as a 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winner for Sustained Excellence, an honor reserved for ENERGY STAR partners demonstrating outstanding leadership, year over year. Kohl’s relies on ENERGY STAR for emerging tools and technical information to protect the climate and improve efficiency. The program helps us continually assess building performance and set future goals. Ninety percent of our stores are ENERGY STAR certified, including 26 stores certified in 2018.
Green Power Partner & Top 30 Retailer
Kohl’s signed the American Business Act Pledge on Climate Change in 2015 and remains committed to this pledge. Through initiatives including on-site solar generation, a continued investment in green power, as well as award winning energy management programs Kohl’s achieved carbon neutral status from 2010 - 2016. Kohl’s has been an active member of EPA’s Green Power Partnership since 2006, and has been named on EPA’s Green Power Top 30 Retail list since 2014, holding the number one spot for four consecutive years.
U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge Achiever
As a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge, Kohl’s reached our goal of 20 percent energy reduction by achieving a total of 24 percent reduction based on a 2008 baseline. We’ve now set our sights higher with the new goal to cut an additional 15 percent on top of the 20 percent already realized.
SmartWay Shipper Partner
Kohl’s is a shipper partner of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Program. Kohl’s fleet is managed by vendor partners who are held to high standards through vetting their sustainable practices. SmartWay membership for vendors is both sought after and encouraged. All of our domestic miles in 2018 were with SmartWay members. This allowed us to vastly reduce the number of highway miles needed to serve our customers. The reduction of more than 2.6 million miles, of total highway miles, earned Kohl’s the EPA’s SmartWay Excellence Award in 2017.
EPA WasteWise Partner & Award
In 2017, Kohl’s was honored with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise award for excellence in waste management, leading large businesses in its practices of preventing waste and recycling in order to achieve both environmental and economic benefits.
U.S. Green Building Council Member
Kohl’s is a member of the USGBC and we use the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED®) green building program rating systems to guide the design, construction and operation of our stores. We continue to emphasize LEED® where appropriate and our portfolio stands as a testament to the steps we have taken to reduce our environmental impact and provide customers with a positive and healthy shopping environment.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Kohl’s is one of the founding members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and maintains an active membership.The SAC is a group of apparel manufacturers, retailers, brands and non-government organizations working together to standardize sustainability measures in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
The Higg index is an indicator-based tool for apparel and footwear that enables companies like ours to evaluate materials, products and facilities based on key environmental impacts and ratings. We use the Higg Index to benchmark ourselves against our peer companies and make more sustainable choices when it comes to supply chains and factory performance.
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
Kohl’s actively serves on the advisory board of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC). Kohl’s has been awarded the Green Masters Award in 2018 for its performance across multiple initiatives.The WSBC awards the Green Masters Award to businesses performing in the top 20% of applicants in the Green Masters Program, a comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) assessment program.
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Kohl’s regularly participates in Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Environmental Compliance and Sustainability meetings to share expertise and discuss industry trends in sustainability efforts.
Kohl’s is an active member of the How2Recycle® label program since 2019. How2Recycle® is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels.