ESG Report


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Efforts 

Respecting People:

To change the world, we being from within. We strive to be a great employer and are committed to HNI being a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. We extend this commitment to partners in our supply chain and the communities where we live and work. 

Respecting People Goals:

Invest 1% of pre-tax profits, on average, in communities where HNI operates

Increase diversity in leadership positions to 40% women leaders and 15% ethnically diverse leaders by 2026.

Reducing Impacts:

At HNI, we believe tomorrow should be cleaner, safer, and more responsible than yesterday. Because sustainability doesn’t have an endpoint, we continually work to lessen our environmental footprint across all systems and processes.

Reducing Impacts Goals:

  • Source 100% renewable electricity across global operations annually.

  • Reduce absolute combined Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 35% by 2025 from a 2018 baseline.

  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions by 40% per ton of goods sold by 2035.

  • Achieve zero waste to landfill for all manufacturing facilities by 2030.

  • Achieve a 50% energy intensity reduction by 2035
Redefining Tomorrow:

We believe that if we work with intention and embrace creative change, our achievements can be unlimited. To achieve our goals and go beyond, we use sustainable practices to create products that are designed for the environment, manufactured responsibility, and delivered efficiently.

Redefining Tomorrow Goals:

  • Eliminate Styrofoam and move to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.

  • Evaluate 100% of materials and chemical substances in products for human and ecosystem impacts and attempt to minimize those impacts through design for the Environment by 2025.



Sustainability Initiatives

Extended Producer Responsibility

Kimball International collaborates with Green Standards to provide a sustainable decommission solution for the redistribution of surplus workplace furniture, equipment, and supplies. This strategic partnership diverts products from landfills at a 98.6% diversion rate and donates products to non-profits, schools, and charitable organizations. 

Green Standards
Growing with Green Buildings

As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), we prioritize building practices that support the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Our portfolio of furniture solutions may contribute toward LEED® certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. 


LEED Registered Projects: 

Showroom, Chicago, IL – LEED Silver 

Showroom, Washington, D.C. – LEED Silver

Manufacturing Facility, Santa Claus, IN – LEED Silver

Membership Certificate

Kimball International’s ecoChecker tool is a digital database where you can explore our brands and portfolio of products to easily find, compare, and evaluate a wide range of environmental and social criteria. This product portal, powered by ecomedes, provides verified, 3rd party certification and scientific data points that can fuel ESG disclosures, LEED credits, and a growing number of enterprise declarations. The recycled content, certifications, and more are available for each product series. ecoChecker can help with calculations and documentation, making it easy to evaluate how Kimball International furniture can contribute to sustainability efforts.

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Waste Reduction and Recycling

Kimball International’s Corporate Recycle Center (CRC) supports the programs of numerous regional facilities, providing a central location for consolidating recyclable materials for re-sale and transport. Currently, the CRC recycles over 65 different waste materials. Among the materials recycled are steel, aluminum, glass, fabrics, printer cartridges, electronic equipment, and several types of plastic, wood, and cardboard, which is either sold for reuse or recycled by type of material. The sustainability and continuous improvement projects have reduced the overall waste generated at Kimball International facilities as the amount of recycling has steadily increased.

ESG downloads


2021 ESG Report
Extended Producer Responsibility
Product Restricted Substance List
Zero Waste Case Study - Santa Claus, IN
Environmental Policy
Sustainable Global Wood Purchasing
Human Rights Commitment
Business Partner Code of Conduct
Zero Waste Case Study - Salem, IN