Sustainability report 2019/20

USA

Locally rooted and connected

KHS has been represented in the USA since 1971. In Waukesha in the state of Wisconsin we manufacture products and components for process engineering and filling and capping technology. Palletizing systems are also constructed on site. From 1971 to 2021 KHS also operated a production facility in Sarasota in the state of Florida. This primarily manufactured pouching machines and matching cartoners. At the time of writing (May 3,2021) the Sarasota plant had been sold. 

Like all of the other production sites, as part of the KHS Group we attach great value to continuously reviewing our production processes to see where there is room for further optimization regarding the conservation of resources, protection of the environment and occupational health and safety. Our current focus is on the sustainable minimization of waste flows and on training our employees on site to help support this objective in the long term. 

Quality requirements are based on international standards. Our factory is certified according to the ISO 9001 management system every year. We also undergo regular audits in accordance with SEDEX and EcoVadis.

Great social commitment

We also believe that our social commitment to our workforce is very important. This is the special challenge we face as a responsible employer, namely to hire well-trained employees and keep them loyal to the company, to offer them an attractive place of work and to take the changing aspects of the working world into account in conjunction with a person’s work/life balance and family commitments. We have thus already introduced a minimum wage system at the site on our own initiative and are working to make this more attractive to our employees with the help of further sustainability measures.

Government regulation in the USA is traditionally restrained. We are seen as a free society where personal and corporate responsibilities are placed in the hands of the individual. This attitude is also strongly manifested in our style of management: it is quintessentially responsible for the direction our production site takes and how we adhere to the compliance guidelines necessary in this regard. We train responsible personnel at management level to this end on a regular basis. They have the task of also passing on what they have learned to other employees. We use this setup to drive our company goals and place them on a broad footing. This includes, for example, continuously optimizing our production processes and building technology with a view to saving on energy and resources. Unlike at many other local companies, valuable resources such as paper, batteries, printer cartridges, aluminum, steel and electrical and chemical components are consistently recycled. As a large number of wooden pallets, crates and boards regularly accumulate chiefly by the transportation of materials to our plant, we have developed a recycling system for these (see Projects in the reporting period). Our production site also uses energy-efficient LED lighting and monitors energy consumption to see where this can be further optimized.

Firmly rooted and locally committed

We have been part of the immediate Waukesha community for decades and have direct ties to the local population. We are like a good neighbor and therefore feel it is our duty to help find solutions to urgent and critical local issues. We traditionally support numerous local projects on a charitable or voluntary basis – from disaster relief and medical support through food and clothing donations, educational projects and animal rescue to aid for veterans and concrete support for employees in financial need. We show our commitment in many different ways.

We must all share responsibility and actively help to shape and protect our environment. Our legacy is, in no small part, to leave behind a better place for our children.

 

John Turner, plant manager of KHS in Waukesha

Projects in the reporting period

Wood recycling

In the course of a two-year project we have established a system for recycling wood. This was prompted by the sheer quantity of wooden crates our supplies are delivered in and that could not be recycled. In cooperation with the local Alliance Forest Products company we have created a system with which, as a result, we can recycle our waste wood to make new plywood.