Innovation For Good

Innovation for Good® (IfG) is an in-house startup comprised of Kohler Co. entrepreneurs commercializing business opportunities with a social purpose. Since 2011, IfG has brought together associates from across industries, skills and perspectives in an innovation incubator designed to explore products and solutions for pressing global social and environmental issues. We believe that the private sector has an important role to play in the development of scalable solutions that improve people’s lives, and we are committed to doing our part.

Innovation for Good: Looking Ahead

Celebrating Innovation for Good’s 10th anniversary, we take a look at our success stories, hear from associates competing for the I-Prize, and imagine a future in which innovating solutions with a social purpose is part of every Kohler associate’s workday.

Our Progress Toward Better: Kohler's 2021 Believing in Better ESG Report

In our journey to better, we use Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria as a framework to transparently report against our goals and progress while ensuring the actions we take are embedded in our business strategy and operations.

What happens when associates are empowered to think creatively and innovate with purpose?

You get amazingly creative yet eminently practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Take a look at the history of Innovation for Good.

Creating a ripple effect.

Our most recent Sustainable Brands article explores how tapping into our associates’ innovative spirit generates solutions to global issues and so much more.

Water and Climate: An Urgent Need to Change Behavior

Why we must act now to drive innovation and action around water challenges.

Water Innovation: A Conversation With Fast Company

Manolo Caballer, Vice President – Engineering and Advanced Development, shares with Fast Company how Kohler fosters innovation to help solve some of today’s most pressing global issues.

Innovative Solution to Address Global Sanitation Gaps

Partnering with Sanergy, a Nairobi-based organization focused on sustainable solutions for nonsewered sanitation, Kohler is developing a container-based sanitation (CBS) option for people living without access to safe sanitation systems.

Water and climate change: how we can all help make our planet better.

Simple steps, taken collectively, enable us all to be stewards building a better planet.

The 50-liter home.

14 of 20 of the world’s largest cities are experiencing water scarcity. Find out how Kohler and the 50L Home Coalition are working toward a more water-resilient future.

What is the I-Prize?

As a part of our Innovation for Good incubator, the annual I-Prize competition invites our associates to propose new products and business opportunities to address environmental or social issues—particularly those aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on safe water and sanitation, reliable power and responsible production and consumption. Each year, the top teams compete in "Shark Tank"-style competitions to earn incubation funding to further develop their ideas. Pitches have addressed everything from water quality and hygiene stations to energy and industrial waste, with the ultimate goal of transitioning to business development and commercialization.

Innovators wanted: driving change through intrapreneurship.

Dreamers. Doers. Status quo busters. Be the change-rs. Nothing’s impossible-rs. Kohler Co. has been brimming with them for 145 years—and now we’re tapping into that potential like never before.

Innovating for the greater good.

Kohler engineer James Bourne took the “I-Prize” for designing a new handwashing solution for the developing world.

Intelligent power: from concept to reality.

When a real-life opportunity to help make the world a little better came knocking on Kohler Product Manager Brad Meissner’s door, he made sure he was ready to go.

A successful failure.

See how one I-Prize team found greater success in failure, inspiring much-needed conversations and product innovation around female sanitation and hygiene needs.

Driving innovation beyond the I-Prize.

Kohler associate Lokesh Mohanpuri may not have brought home the I-Prize, but the business knowledge and new skills he developed changed his approach to his work.

WasteLAB

KOHLER WasteLAB was born in 2014 as an idea coming out of Kohler’s Innovation for Good incubator program. KOHLER WasteLAB associates look for ways to see the world differently, specifically looking to nature as a model for sustainable processes. Through nature’s cycles of growth and decay, waste simply doesn’t exist. WasteLAB associates apply such an approach in the manufacturing process, using landfill-bound pottery, wastewater sludge, slag, and glaze overspray to design and produce stunning products.

Every end is also a beginning…

From pottery wastewater running down a drain to a stunning canvas of unlimited creative expression, explore the journey and hand-crafted artistry of WasteLAB products.

Better business, better world.

Across all our brands, products and services, we believe that doing well as a business and doing good in the world go hand in hand, and we hold ourselves accountable to take a larger role in addressing some of society's biggest challenges. In addition to our commitment to product transparency, renewable energy and reduction of our operational impact, we strive to develop new products and business solutions to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

KOHLER pour-flush toilet.

Designed to offer a basic sanitation option to areas that need it most, the KOHLER pour-flush toilet is an affordable seated toilet and safe alternative to disease-spreading open defecation.

Abstra™ Collection

Made from nearly 100% recycled waste materials, the Abstra Collection features three-dimensional reliefs of intersecting lines that create a dynamic interplay of light and shadow. With endless combinations of color, size, and surface patterns, every installation becomes a unique expression of personal style. The Abstra Collection is also available in a matching set of unadorned field tiles with the same undulating surface detail.

Crackle Collection

Born from our Innovation for Good program, the Crackle Collection is a unique, handmade tile series created from recycled dry cull by our WasteLAB artisans. 

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