As the world’s leading manufacturer of office furniture, Steelcase has been providing E&I members with innovative solutions since the Cooperative’s inception in 1934. Steelcase recently released its 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report, which celebrates the company’s international sustainability efforts and achievements, and highlights the results of their commitment to responsible corporate practice in partnership with customers, dealers, suppliers, and community partners.
In 2018, Steelcase partnered with multiple local and international organizations to achieve several goals, one of which was to make progress in reducing its global environmental footprint. How did Steelcase make a difference?
Partnering with Home Depot
In the first phase of a new collaboration, Steelcase partnered with Home Depot and Dekalb Office (an authorized Steelcase dealer) to divert 290 metric tons of furniture from landfills through reuse, recycling, and charitable donation programs.
237 tons were reused in Home Depot facilities, 42 tons were resold, 11 tons were recycled, and .5 tons were donated. These 290 tons are equivalent to 322,222 of the iconic Home Depot five-gallon buckets.
Donations to Public Thread
Public Thread is an organization that designs and makes small batches of sewn products from repurposed and upcycled textiles, giving the fabric new life and creating new opportunities for employees.
In the first nine months of their partnership, Steelcase donated 1,000 pounds of unusable scrap fabric to Public Thread.
Progress Towards Environmental Goals
Steelcase remained focus on environmentalism, with its goal of reducing their global environmental footprint by 25% by 2020 well within reach. Since establishing a baseline in 2010, Steelcase has reduced volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions by 82%, water use by 11%, and energy use by 21%.
Steelcase’s achievements have not gone unrecognized. In 2018, the company received several recognitions, awards, and accolades, including a top 30 position as one of the largest 100% Green Power Users in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership.