Kimball's sustainability path is to be a leader through sustained, continuous improvement of our impacts on society and the environment. We recognize that regulatory requirements are simply baselines, and that we must strive to go beyond maintaining the status quo.
Earning the ESP Flag
To fly the ESP flag, a manufacturing plant in Indiana must demonstrate long-term compliance with environmental laws and voluntarily agree to implement continuous improvements in sustainability.
Kimball International has an internal corporate sustainability team group that monitors all facilities and production processes, provides training and assistance, and evaluates materials for use in Kimball products.
All Kimball manufacturing locations have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) and nearly all of these locations have achieved third party ISO 14001 registration, the global standard for environmental protection and commitment to continuous improvement. The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System requires continuous improvement initiatives to reduce impacts on the environment. Each and every Environmental Aspect of the facility must be evaluated and rated as to their impact. Once the rating has been completed, the facility must determine which of these Aspects are Significant Environmental Aspects (SEAs) and develop Objectives, Targets, and Programs for improvement.
Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)
Several Indiana manufacturing facilities for Kimball Office, National Office Furniture, and Kimball Electronics, were accepted into the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) for demonstrating long-term compliance with environmental laws and voluntarily agreeing to implement continuous improvements in sustainability.The Kentucky facilities of National Office Furniture are members of the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection’s (KDEP) Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership Program (Excel).