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Sustainability

As part of the Steelcase community of brands, Smith System is working to design better futures for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Our Approach

  • Smith System® is committed to lowering greenhouse gases emitted in the creation of our products.
  • We set 1.5 degree C-aligned targets, approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
  • We’ve established an internal carbon core team, including an executive oversight committee, to drive and
    monitor progress toward the goals associated with our climate commitment.
  • We engage key suppliers to set their own science-based targets.

Goals

Achieve Absolute Reductions by 2030

Reduce absolute emissions from our own
operations by 50%. Reduce emissions from waste generated in our operations by 14%, equating to a 20% total tonnage reduction in waste globally.

Reduce emissions from business travel by 14%.

Handle Water as a Precious Commodity

Through 2030, conduct water balance analyses for process water and consider water recycling options for plants located in water-stressed areas.

Through 2030, improve water use efficiency to reduce global water consumption in operations and continue to manage the quality of discharged wastewater.

Maintain Carbon Neutrality

Continue purchasing renewable energy equivalent
to 100% of our own global electricity consumption. Invest in carbon offset projects like reforestation to
maintain carbon neutrality for our direct operations.

Motivate Suppliers to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Partner with 80% of suppliers (by emissions) to set their own science-based targets by 2025.

100% Purchased Renewable Energy

Steelcase purchased renewable energy for global electricity usage and verified carbon offsets for global fossil fuel usage to remain carbon neutral in our direct operations.

Educational Series for Suppliers
Steelcase launched a six-part series on greenhouse gas accounting and reporting, science-based target setting and emissions reduction initiatives to help set their own science-based targets.
Emissions Reporting Template
Created to provide stepwise integration of our efforts to catalyze suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into our Global supplier scorecard.

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