Kimball International is the First Manufacturing Company to Achieve WELL Equity Rating
Kimball International is proud to announce that all seven of their showroom locations, including their Headquarters facility have received the WELL Equity Rating. Not only were they the first to receive it in the Retail Industry category, but they were also one of the first globally to achieve the rating in multiple locations.
This milestone signifies their commitment to creating places where everyone can feel welcome, seen, and heard. The WELL Equity Rating offers organizations a tangible path forward to help them follow through on their DEI commitments and transform how workplaces are designed, managed, and operated to create environments where everyone can show up as their authentic selves.
“Organizations worldwide are embracing the powerful role place can play in leveling the playing field and ensuring everyone feels welcome, seen, and heard,” said Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO of International WELL Building Institute. “Many organizations have made commitments to DEI, but precious few have a roadmap for activation. The WELL Equity Rating is a transformative new offering that empowers organizations to make good on their promises.”
The WELL Equity Rating seal will be added to each Kimball International showroom (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.) and their Corporate Headquarters (Jasper, IN). This seal communicates to anyone entering a Kimball International showroom or the Headquarters that everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive within that space.
“The WELL Equity Rating acknowledges the efforts of so many team members in ensuring we achieve inclusion within our spaces,” said Emily Hill, Vice President of Human Resources, Kimball International. “The rating is very important to Kimball International because it recognizes the focus and value we place on equity in the workplace. We are committed to meeting all employees where they are, which also exemplifies our desire to create places that build communities, form connections, and develop a sense of belonging.”
The WELL Equity Rating is a subset of features from the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL Standard). This specific rating drives improvements in company culture and employee health by taking action toward diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. The rating is specifically tailored to focus on strategies to transform the future of how buildings, communities, and organizations can support equitable, people-first places.
“ASAP is so incredibly honored to work with such an innovative client as Kimball International,” said Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovi, Founder and CEO of A SustainAble Production (ASAP). “Kimball International has been a dream client starting with WELL Certifications, followed by the WELL Health-Safety Rating, and now they are the first in manufacturing and retail to receive the WELL Equity Rating for multiple locations. Their continued commitment to the health and well-being of their people is inspiring and highlights why they continue to be a leader in their sector.”
Established through 43 evidence-based strategies, the WELL Equity Rating gives organizations an actionable framework to validate key initiatives. Kimball International is dedicated to continuing to improve health and well-being access, celebrate diversity, prioritize inclusivity, and promote sensitivity while addressing disparities in populations that have been traditionally underserved.