Beautiful and attainable are not only Keller’s brand values; the ethos steers every decision made. The values also extend to the environment. For this reason, CSR is incorporated into the company’s strategic focus. It’s the only way Keller can provide the perfect balance between People, Planet & Prosperity. The results of this decision are clearly noticeable. It’s the reason why Keller Kitchens, since April 2017, has a carbon neutral manufacturing process. This is the result of both carbon reduction as well as carbon compensation.
On July 12, 2023 our parent organisation DKG has become the first Dutch kitchen manufacturer to reach the highest level on the CO2-Performance Ladder. The level 5 certificate demonstrates that the company has taken big steps to reduce carbon emissions. Not only internally, but throughout the entire supply chain. This makes DKG a leader in sustainable initiatives within the Dutch kitchen industry.
The sustainable initiative aligns with the Dutch government's ambition to achieve a fully circular economy by 2050. This requires thousands of companies large and small to transition to a new way of working.
As a market leader, DKG aims to set a positive example by making a difference and being prepared for the future. Besides the Level 5 certificate, a great example of this ambition is the development of the circular kitchen, made from bio-based materials.
This is how CO2 emissions are reduced:
- Waste wood is turned into energy
- Waste separation at source
- Invalid products are recycled
- 8,000 solar panels on factory roof
- Energy-efficient LED lighting
- Sustainable transport
- Fully electronic lease fleet
Keller compensates for the CO2 emission levels that remain after the modern and green production process, by participating and investing in eco-friendly projects:
- Forest protection
- Wind energy
- Carbon farming
On April 1 2018, Keller Kitchens obtained the Kiwa-certificates for the CO2 Performance Ladder (level 5), ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The CO2 Performance Ladder is the leading sustainability instrument to help companies map and structurally reduce CO2. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are the international standards for quality and environmental management.
Keller Kitchens has ambitious goals when it comes to CSR. To achieve them, a thought through strategy is needed. This will describe where we as a company want to be in the future, and what our take-off position is. That’s why in 2016, we hired an external consultant to analyse all our CSR activities. The results of this research are processed into an extensive report using the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
To consciously deal with our climate and environment, we reduce our CO2 emissions by generating electricity through solar panels, converting waste into energy and using sustainable transport. In addition, we offset the remaining CO2 emissions by investing in sustainability projects such as Carbon Farming via ZLTO, reforestation projects through Trees for All and climate projects through the Climate Neutral Group.
The DKG group, of which Keller is a part, has an ambitious CSR policy. A sustainability strategy has been developed over the past decades, with the result that Keller is at the forefront of sustainable processes and products. Of course it doesn't end here. We continue to work on new, ambitious goals. One of these ambitions is to link our CSR goals to the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In this overview we show what we are working on in concrete terms.