Kar’s Nuts social responsibility program is focused on three pillars: environmental stewardship, responsible sourcing, and workplace and community well-being. We are committed to managing our business in a way that minimizes our environmental impact, and ensures a sustainable future for both our customers and our employees.
Environmental stewardship is a major element of Kar’s corporate responsibility strategy. We continue to improve our environmental performance and conserve natural resources in our operating facilities. We have been dedicated to reducing our energy use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water use and waste sent to landfill. Examples include the installation of LED lighting and activity sensors, waste water reduction and recycling of all paper products.
As one of the nations’ premier nut and trail mix snack manufacturers, we strive to influence responsible, sustainable behavior throughout our supply chain. The environmental and economic impact of the companies that provide us with ingredients, packaging and services are much greater than those of our direct operations. We source tree nuts, peanuts, seeds, fruits and chocolates for our snacks from thousands of farmers around the world; our ingredient purchases are important contributors to local farming economies.
Our Ingredient Suppliers’ Commitment
- Comply with the laws regarding child labor, slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries of manufacture or production
- Support local farmers and their communities
- Conserve biodiversity with sustainable chocolate and cocoa products
Our Packaging Suppliers’ Commitment
- LED and CFL lighting for low energy use
- Low flow water systems to conserve water
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forward Stewardship Council (FSC) certified
- On-site waste water treatment
- Recycling 90% of material waste products
- Significant reduction of VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
Workplace and Community
Kar’s is committed to enriching the lives of our employees and the communities we operate in. We actively seek to make our work environment safe and welcoming, and we believe it is both our legal and moral obligation to comply with non-discrimination laws and to treat all employees with dignity and respect.
Our first and most important goal is the safety of our employees. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment, free of known hazards, and in full compliance with government regulations. But we go beyond just the physical safety of our workers to foster an atmosphere of honesty, transparency, and mutual respect. Employment with Kar’s offers competitive wages and benefits as well as opportunities for career growth and promotion. We also encourage continuous learning among our staff, resulting in a highly skilled workforce across the entire organization.
We are proud to be a member of the metro Detroit business community, and we are dedicated to actively contributing to the area’s growth and enrichment. Kar’s charitable contributions committee evaluates giving opportunities and donates both products and funds to charitable organizations, giving preference to those organizations that are active in our local communities.