Keihin North America | Sustainable Keihin Case Study

Keihin   Keihin North America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Keihin Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of vehicle engine management and climate control systems. KNA has revenues of $1 billion and more than 1,600 employees in seven locations across the United Sates. The company, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., has more than 750,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina, and sales offices in Wisconsin and Ohio. KNA is a global leader in automotive, recreational and industrial parts manufacturing.

Keihin Carolina System Technology (KCST) based in Tarboro, N.C., hired Springleaf Strategies in August 2011 to develop a sustainability plan and assist in building a robust program. The initial project focused on a baseline assessment and audit of current practices, competitor analysis, supply chain analysis, employee engagement plan, and long-term vision for the sustainability program. We assisted the company in setting short-term and long-term goals for reducing the environmental impact of factory operations. In 2012, KCST became one of only a handful of manufacturers in North Carolina to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill status.

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In addition to tactical planning, Springleaf created a brand and identity for KCST’s newly launched sustainability program, “Sustainable Keihin,” to solidify the program and fully incorporate the environmental and social responsibility initiatives into the culture of the firm.

In conjunction with the Sustainable Keihin program, we developed communication programming for the company to use internally and externally, including an employee engagement plan, public relations, external messaging, talking points for the program, and a marketing one-pager.

Our continued engagement at the N.C. facility includes on-going sustainability advisory services focused on ISO 50001 certification, LEED certification for existing buildings, state and nationwide engagement programs, as well as public relations and employee education programs.

In 2012, KNA hired Springleaf to use the work at KCST as a model for building a sustainability program in the remaining North American facilities. Work to date includes a comprehensive facilities study with a focus on waste management, including contract negotiations, recycling, reuse and buy-back programs; energy efficiency, including utility rate structure evaluation, lighting standards and efficiency, operational strategies, rebate programs, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems; water reduction efforts; natural gas savings; and employee engagement programs including the creation of a sustainability team, newsletters, information sharing and educational opportunities.

KCST received the 2012 Honda Green Factory Environmental Achievement Recognition for its efforts in Pollution Prevention, and became an Environmental Partner in the N.C. Department of Natural Resources Environmental Stewardship Initiative.