By Laura Kohler | Senior Vice President Human Resources, Stewardship, & Sustainability
As a global company with operations in nearly 20 countries and over 36,000 associates, one of the most important considerations in any given year is the health and wellness of our associates. And while we pride ourselves for having a culture centered around delighting our customers and associates, COVID-19 was a stark reminder of the importance of being able to pivot quickly to respond to unique and unforeseen challenges.
MSU alums volunteer to introduce Kohler career options on college spring break corporate tour.
A group of college students traded the beach for business this spring break, participating in Michigan State University’s Spring Break Corporate Tour. The weeklong spring break alternative exposes MSU engineering and business students to the corporate world, and we were among their first stops.
Watch how associates are supporting an organization focused on educating the children of migrant workers.
In a continued partnership with Mobile Creches, some of our Kohler India associates have been providing health, education and nutrition resources to underprivileged youth near Gurgaon. As part of our adoption of one of the centers, our team also works to empower mothers to advocate for accessible, affordable and quality childcare.
Cool professional development opportunity exposes associates to business in another country.
One week and a jam-packed schedule of new people, places and cultural experiences: this is the once-in-a-lifetime, whirlwind trip 10 associates enjoyed a few weeks ago.
As part of Kohler’s third annual Hospitality & Real Estate global exchange program, associates from The American Club® resort in Kohler, Wisconsin, traded workspaces, cultures and countries with associates from the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, Scotland, for one week.
Our Jhagadia, India, plant now uses 1/6th the amount of water used at other Kohler faucet plants.
How do you reuse water sustainably? You use it to water the grass, of course. Well, not always, as our faucets team in India found out.
Plating faucets (meaning, adding the finish to them) requires a lot of rinsing to wash away impurities that affect quality. Much of this water can be treated and then reused, but some cannot. The agents used to treat the parts contain salts that are too fine to be removed.
Now you wouldn’t want to dump salt-ridden water on grass, right?
Kohler replaces last two coal-fired boilers with gas ones, continuing its corporate environmental strategy
China’s capital city is on an air-quality mission. And one way to begin to mend the heavy haze and smog that plagues its environment is replacing the unknown (but most likely large) number of coal-fired boilers still burning.
In 2013, our faucets plant in Beijing did indeed have two coal-fired boilers, but devised a plan to convert them to gas.
Kohler Co. Arkansas Plant Uses Teamwork to Stay Safe
A Track Record of Safety Deserves a Shout-Out
Our faucets team in Sheridan, Arkansas, knows the benefit of “safety first.” Together, they reached an impressive 1,000 straight days without a DART, or “Days Away, Restricted or Transferred” due to injury.
How did they do it? Led by an associate safety committee, the milestone was a collaboration of safety audit teams, ergonomic equipment and preventative hazard reporting.