Corporate & Social Responsibility
We take a true interest in the personal development of all staff members, and apply this ethos for all interaction and influence that we have on our surrounding communities.
In 2012 and 2013, K2 proactively supported our key principles in several areas across the globe:
100% of K2 employees participate in charity work. In 2012, fundraising events including London’s ‘Nightrider’ cycle event, Pittsburgh’s ‘Breath of Life’ city walk and Houston’s Autism Awareness Golf Event. Teams in the UK, USA and Sweden raised and donated over $12,000 for charities including the Rainbow Trust, Cribs for Kids, Autism Awareness Foundation and Medicines Sans Frontiers. We review our charities of choice every 3 years, selecting on a points based system.
Gaining qualifications and life experiences is paramount to building the confidence and satisfaction of our teams. K2 is proud to announce that 2013 will see another 60% of the Client Services team achieve a ‘GMS’ qualification, sponsored by K2. We support and encourage the language training and development of our already talented employees, and 25 languages are spoken on a daily basis in our global offices.
The K2 Talent Program is always keen to hear from talented graduates with a passion for variety. Our three year Talent Programme provides outstanding graduates with a fast-paced and widely varied development plan, covering every aspect of management; from client services excellence to finance, team leadership and vendor management.
As an entity employing over 900 vendors, we are mindful of our impact in each society across the 160 countries in which we operate.
From Switzerland to Mogadishu, we agree consistent and fair service level agreements with our vendors. Our agreements are designed to ensure that all team members are treated with the same standards, throughout our vendor network. We focus on fairness and providing the best possible quality and value for money to our clients.
The cost of placing an employee into an international assignment is estimated to be up to four times the cost of their usual employment. Decisions to place assignees are never taken lightly, and K2 applies the same diligence to managing the environmental impact of relocations. We have established the following schemes to help us reach our goal:
Reducing carbon footprints
Following decades of a withering toll on the environment, the face of shipping is changing. EU regulations and the implementation of mandatory efficiencies by the IMO are gradually driving shipping lines to reduce environmental impact. K2 selects freighting agents who proactively demonstrate a drive to reduce carbon footprints from Maersk (whose introduction of larger vessels and optimised sailing speeds are expected to reduce the carbon emissions of each container by 50%), to Virgin Atlantic airlines, who target reducing their carbon footprint by 30%.
At home, K2 holds webinars to optimise training and communication between offices, whilst reducing the carbon footprint of our directors. We consider fuel efficiency when selecting company vehicles and source products locally for each of our offices.
K2’s Blue Box Initiative
As K2 approach our 15,000th managed relocation, it is frightening to visualise the cardboard packing boxes these have entailed.
In 2009 K2 took decisive steps to aid our vendors in reducing waste. We purchased reusable, tough and lightweight Blue Boxes and distributed these to our vendors, aiming to achieve a zero waste record on some relocations. Blue Boxes have been a brilliant success and are currently moving around the world on K2 assisted assignments with the aim of never making an ‘unfilled’ journey.
We ruthlessly enforce a low electricity policy in all of our offices. You will never find an empty K2 office with lighting turned on, or a deserted desk with a computer on standby. This ethos runs throughout the company, from CEO through to the administrator, and all play a fantastic role in reducing our Carbon Footprint.