Menomonee Falls, Wis. -- Kohl’s Department Stores released its 2012 corporate social responsibility report, providing updates on the company’s programs and accomplishments in sustainability, community relations and social compliance. The company noted that, as of the end of fiscal 2012, it has achieved 752 Energy Star-certified locations, adding 75 stores in 2012 with a goal to reach 800 certified locations by 2015.
In other sustainability highlights, at the end of fiscal 2012:
Kohl’s is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge and has set a goal to reduce energy use by 20% in more than 112 million sq. ft. of occupied building space by 2020.
In 2012, Kohl’s also expanded its commitment to supply chain sustainability to include analysis of 50 private brand vendors, as well as the company’s top 325 national brand vendors – representing approximately 90% of the company’s merchandise spend.
The company also surveyed 38 non-merchandise business partners in the areas of transportation and consumables. Kohl’s leverages these scores in key areas of sustainability to foster consistent dialogue and education and to help vendors establish their own programs and commitments.