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

We have achieved the Silver Award in year one EcoVadis assessment.

After outlining a number of ambitious goals in this area, including achieving Net Zero Scope 1 & 2 emissions by the end of 2023 and working towards a 40% carbon footprint reduction through our supply chain by the end of 2026, K2 committed to delivering transparent and credible reporting, to help monitor progress.

Such reporting is crucial not only for enabling the organisation to identify strengths and improvement areas, but also to be able to communicate sustainability and ESG developments to stakeholders. Having signed up to become UN Global Compact participants, K2 will be required to submit an annual communication of progress (COP) report, the first of which is due to be submitted in February 2023. As an additional step to improving transparency and sustainability practices, we opted to partner with a sustainability ratings company to make an ongoing assessment of our operational practices and track quantitative metrics. 

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 publishes its inaugural Sustainability Report

We are proud to announce that we have now published our inaugural Sustainability Report. The report provides a detailed account of our initiatives, actions and ambitions within the connected spheres of sustainability and ESG.

As a business, we are committed to transparent disclosure: publishing our sustainability report enables us to provide interested parties with all the details relating to the way that we run our business, the commitments we have made and our progress towards them. The report – and each annual report that follows – will also provide us with a holistic way of monitoring our progress, ensuring that we stick to our targets and helping us to identify areas for improvement.   

K2’s sustainability journey since 2002