Kohl’s Recognized with 2020 EPA SmartWay Excellence Award


Distinction highlights leadership in freight supply chain and energy efficiency

Kohl’s is proud to be recognized with a SmartWay® 2020 Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an industry leader in freight supply chain, environmental performance and energy efficiency. Kohl’s was one of just 17 shipper and logistics companies to receive the distinction this year, in recognition of our sustainability efforts and exceptional performance moving goods in the cleanest and most energy-efficient way possible, leading to cleaner and healthier communities.

“Providing families with the products they love from Kohl’s requires a complex network of shipping logistics, and we’re dedicated to reducing the highway miles needed to serve our customers,” said Steve Thomas, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Kohl’s. “It’s very rewarding to be recognized for our leadership within the EPA’s SmartWay program, which is one of many initiatives Kohl’s has in place to reduce the company’s operational footprint as we continue to strive toward a more sustainable future for our customers, associates and their families.” 

This marks the fifth time Kohl’s has been recognized with a SmartWay Excellence Award and demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint. We believe that incorporating sustainable solutions in the way we do business will help to build better futures for families. With such a large retail footprint, we are in a unique position to make resounding impacts on the planet and have set goals to ensure that impact is positive. To learn more about Kohl’s environmental sustainability efforts, please view our 2019 CSR Report.

Since 2004, SmartWay partners have avoided emitting more than 134 million metric tons of harmful air pollution, while saving 280 million barrels of oil and $37.5 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating annual energy use in over 18 million homes. SmartWay partners also help protect clean and healthy air by significantly reducing pollution that contributes to smog. For more information about SmartWay, click here.