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K2 CEO Nick Plummer smiling in front of brick wall

“I’m very 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 PlummerFounder & CEO

Making a start...

We have achieved the Gold Award in year two of our EcoVadis assessment.

EcoVadis is the provider of the world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings. The first time that we were assessed by EcoVadis, in autumn 2022, we achieved a Silver Medal – very difficult to achieve through an inaugural assessment!

This year, the first time that we were reassessed, we are delighted to announce that we achieved a Gold Medal. To discover how our overall score for this year compares to our overall score for last year, and to explore the steps that we took to ensure that we achieved a Gold Medal, please head over to Insights.

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’22 ESG & Sustainability Report

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2022 - 2026

Kinetic Journey

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.
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How we achieve this...

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.

Linda Rafferty, Global Head of Compliance and ESG (pictured), a leader in the field of Compliance & ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), heads our dedicated team. With her expertise and guidance, we are able to consistently deliver on all of our commitments to our clients and partners.

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.

Proud members of

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.

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Further commitment

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

2002

K2 Founded with a transparent, socially caring DNA, evidenced by no Provider referral fees requested.

2011

Reusable box concept made a reality for graduate moves.

2012

K2 Sweden starts using 100% renewable energy.

2014

Move to recycled paper, measure and encourage reduction in printer paper & toner usage.

2015

Policy aided by technology to start our paperless journey, no paper files.
Global Headquarters in UK starts using 100% renewable energy.
ISO: 14001, 9001 obtained in UK.
Ride to work scheme introduced to reduce car journeys and aid wellbeing.

2016

Begin supporting Rainbow Trust Charity, £100,000 donated to date.

2017

Work from home policy & Enhanced service partners CSR initiatives launched.

2019

Planning for new environmentally friendly and wellbeing focused Global Headquarters.

2021

Employee electric car scheme launched which will already achieve yearly 28,798 KG CO2 reduction.
Recruit ESG consultant. to assist create meaningful sustainability strategy & initiatives.
Open new environmentally friendly and wellbeing focused Global Headquarters.
Develop core goals that are meaningful to K2, colleagues, partners and clients.

Q1 2022

Launch ‘Kinetic’ five-year business strategy, includes sustainability commitments.
EcoVadis implementation program commences in January.
UN Global Compact, participant 22nd February.
Communications with partners on K2 sustainability commitments, EcoVadis assessment.
Go live with London, Paris, ‘Green Home search’ service. Start series of GM sustainability workshops.

Q2 2022

UN Climate accelerator program member to review Net Zero and SBTi to set further targets

Q3 2022

Commence EcoVadis sustainability assessment of K2 and partners. Collect scope 1, 2, 3 emissions data.

Q4 2022

Review results of the EcoVadis K2 and partner assessment. Commence Bath Uni sustainability partnership.
Commit to improvement targets for K2 and partners based upon EcoVadis assessment data.
Finalize K2 Carbon offset projects inline with core sustainability principles.

Q1 2023

Submit UN Global Compact communication on progress/ESG report. Commence SBTi program.

Q2 2023

Review and update K2 sustainability commitments and actions.

Q3 2023

Commence the 2nd year EcoVadis K2 and partner sustainability assessment.

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