K2 is an ethical, responsible global business, with people at the core of its culture. We all care about our working methods and the impact we have as a business on the world.

“I’m really determined to achieve meaningful change in ESG and sustainability through collaboration with our partners and the wider global mobility industry.

Whilst travelling in the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands a few years ago I saw firsthand the fragility and complexity of our ecosystem and biodiversity, and the extreme adverse impacts human activity can have on our environment. It really brought home to me the level and urgency of the challenge after seeing the huge amounts of plastic in our oceans and waste pollution in the towns and cities I visited with my family.

We have all seen the effects of climate change on our local and global environments and have concerns for the future. I want to ensure K2 plays our part in committing to action for a better tomorrow. Now, more than ever, is the time to deliver significant change.”

Nick Plummer, K2 Global CEO

Kinetic, 2022–2026

As a global organisation which relies heavily on supply chain management, K2 is taking more determined responsibility for our global impact.

We are expanding and accelerating our commitments and action on ESG and sustainability, making it one of the six strategic priorities of our new five year strategy, Kinetic, focusing on:

  • Broadening our understanding of sustainability and the impact our activities have on the world.
  • Understanding where we can make a material difference with our initiatives.
  • Increasing the speed at which change is made.

Headline commitments include:

  • 2022 — became United Nations Global Compact participant.
  • 2022 — committed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, starting with five and working towards the full 17 over five years.
  • End of 2023 — achieve Net Zero Scope 1 & 2 emissions.
  • By end of 2026 — work towards an ambitious 40% carbon footprint reduction through our supply chain — an important part of our scope 3 emissions.
  • Ongoing — commit to raising significant annual amounts for our nominated K2 global charities.

Assessing K2 and partner performance through EcoVadis

We can only achieve meaningful change in collaboration with our Global Accredited Partner Programme (GAPP) partners, clients and the wider global mobility industry. In our Sustainability Discovery Survey 2021, over 80% of our service partners told us that action to increase sustainability is also important to their company.

To do this effectively, we are developing our transparency and analysis to make sure that we live up to our standards and expectations, as well as those of our clients. We have partnered with EcoVadis, a global sustainability ratings company, to make an ongoing assessment of our sustainability credentials and progress.

UN Global Compact

In February 2022, K2 joined the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and formally committed to the UNGC’s ten principles regarding human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption — making them part of our strategy, culture and daily operations.

K2 has agreed to set goals in each of these areas and be transparent and accountable in its performance by publicly reporting our progress every year.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We have also committed to delivering action on five of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2022 — (5) gender equality, (8) decent work and economic growth, (12) responsible consumption and production, (15) life on land, and (17) partnerships for the goals.

K2’s sustainability journey since 2002