In 2011, Kohl's contracted with Bon Appetit Management Company (Bamco) to provide cafeteria food services at the corporate campus. Bamco has a priority to cook and serve restaurant-quality food from scratch using the freshest ingredients, and delivering outstanding customer service. In 2004, they formally committed to sustainability, defined as offering "food choices that celebrate flavor, affirm regional cultural traditions, and support local communities without compromising air, water or soil, now and in the future."
We purchase merchandise and supplies, but we also contract deliverable services for our many facilities. Because these service providers are a large part of our non-merchandise sustainability strategy, their selection is based on their own environmentally sustainable operations.
Kohl's uses third party cleaning contractors to clean its stores and offices. These contractors are required to use environmentally friendly cleaning methods and adhere to Kohl's practice of using "green cleaning" products. This commitment to low impact cleaning provides a healthy environment for our customers and Associates alike. In addition, this program earns Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) design credits from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
General Contractors hired by Kohl's for both new construction and remodel projects are expected to participate in Kohl's LEED training programs. The commitment of these contractors to building sustainability is an integral part of Kohl's environmentally friendly building program. From recycling building materials, to using low VOC paints, to documenting all phases of construction, these service providers are supporting Kohl's commitment to the environment at every construction site.
In August of 2015, Kohl's partnered with Compost Crusader to compost food scraps and other organic materials in order to keep compostables out of landfills and reduce greenhouse gases. In five months, over 25,000 pounds of compost was diverted!