On Wednesday, Tampa, Florida-based supplier Koozie Group announced the results for the first calendar year of its social impact and sustainability initiative, “Keep It. Give It.”
For 2021, the program donated more than $250,000 the nonprofit organizations, the company said.
Keep It. Give It. Involved cash and product donations as well as enhanced eco-conscious efforts. Three of the company’s facilities earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) certifications in 2021. Also last year, Koozie Group became affiliated with the Fair Labor Association, a nonprofit collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and businesses promoting adherence to international and national laws.
“As our company evolved into a stand-alone organization, we recognized the need to transform the way we do business to benefit our people, our customers, our industry, and our communities,” CEO David Klatt said in a statement.“Over the past year, we have been excited to see the many ways in which our vision has been creating positive change in people’s lives, and we can’t wait to discover how that will continue in 2022 and beyond.”
Keep It. Give It. Launched in late 2020 and is part of a three-year plan, KG2024, that outlines the objectives it wants to achieve. A cross-functional steering committee, working alongside executive leadership, regularly assesses the program’s impact and steers it toward the initiative’s goals.
“As a leader of the Keep it. Give it. program, I’m very excited about the future of this initiative,” Specialist Trisha Joyce said in the statement. “One year into our three-year plan and we’ve already managed to achieve several of our goals. A lot has been accomplished already through Keep it. Give it. and we look forward to making even more progress in the program’s four key areas in the future.”
The program is built upon four key focus areas meant to help the company build a foundation for salable, profitable and sustainable growth. These areas include fostering diversity & inclusion, giving back to employees & community, safety and social responsibility, and environmental stewardship.