Corporate Social Responsibility

At Kal Tire, we recognize our responsibility to our customers and community, to our environment and each other.

Corporate social responsibility cuts across all aspects of our operations. From our main administrative center in Canada to our mining sites around the world, we strive to meet the following social commitments:

  • We are committed to the protection of the environment through incorporating best practices throughout our operations.

  • We are committed to giving back locally by growing healthy and safe communities for families of our customers and team members.

  • We are committed to engaging team members in social responsibility initiatives and continuously looking for opportunities to strengthen the Kal Tire team.

These commitments are expressed in the seven guiding principles, known as the Aims, which are at the heart of Kal Tire culture. Moreover, we work collaboratively with our suppliers and government entities to contribute to the needs of the communities where we live and serve.

It is estimated that the combined efforts of our global operations support close to 300 different community organizations. Our values lie in promoting healthy, active lifestyles; championing safety awareness and education; and assisting youth and families in need. We are national partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and have recently launched a new national youth program called Skilled4Success. The goal is to provide essential pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training, and job-shadowing experience in a Kal Tire store.

Environment

For us, sustainability is about responsibility and ingenuity—two pillars our company is founded on.

Practices

We strive to conduct our business in compliance with environmental laws and regulations and we apply responsible standards where policies do not exist. We respond quickly and systematically to environmental emergencies and incidents, ensuring they are reported and remedial action is taken.

We have also recognized the positive impact we can have by adopting sustainable practices within the company. Our job sites are becoming more energy-efficient and our materials more environmentally sensitive. New buildings and renovations are designed to provincial energy codes.

We are conscious of our impact on the environment and are implementing initiatives to help reduce our carbon footprint. We’ve started by measuring the carbon footprint of our Canadian operations and have focused on reducing our electricity consumption. We’ve also conducted waste audits in some of our facilities to better understand how we can reduce our waste-to-landfill ratio and reduce the carbon emissions associated with waste.

Retreading

Kal Tire has over 40 years of experience manufacturing quality retreaded tires. Not only does retreading provide economic value, it also makes practical sense for the environment, allowing our clients to get a second life from their tires.

Retreading is the first step in our policy for end-of-life tire stewardship, with significant benefits to the environment:
  • Millions of gallons of oil are saved each year by avoiding new tire production.
  • Carbon emissions produced during retreaded tire production are significantly less than those associated with new tire production.
  • Retreaded tires have one of the highest post-consumer contents of all recycled products.
  • Retreading significantly reduces the number of casings entering landfills as scrap.

Recycling

Tire Derived Products (TDP)

TDP utilize various sizes of crumb rubber for a wide variety of applications and products, including turf systems, asphalt, and molded rubber goods such as shoe soles, mats, and flooring.

Tire Derived Fuel (TDF)

TDF is utilized worldwide by cement kilns, pulp mills, and power plants. A cleaner, cost-effective alternative to coal, oil, and natural gas, TDF produces more energy than coal while producing fewer pollutants.

Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA)

TDA has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for civil engineering applications such as constructing fill, embankments, road insulation, and drainage.

KAL TIRE VALUE

63" OTR Tire Breakdown

  • TDP TIRE DERIVED PRODUCTS (TDP)
  • Steel STEEL
  • TDF TIRE DERIVED FUEL (TDF)
    • Ash 6% Ash
    • Consumed fuel 94% Consumed Fuel

Health & Safety

Every day, our team members are challenged with physically demanding work in a range of harsh environments. So safety isn’t just our priority; it’s the bedrock under everything we do.

Kal Tire's safety practices and procedures have set the standards for tire service in the international mining industry. Our safety committee ensures one set of standards is maintained globally and continually optimized. They conduct regular on-site audits of safe work practices, behavior, and injury management. Our safety procedures are also audited annually by independent occupational safety organizations.

On-site training is key to ensuring our team members are operating under the safest procedures. All team members are also trained through our comprehensive online learning management system and undergo annual reviews.

People are our biggest asset. We offer structured opportunities for advancement, including options to work in different countries with new cultures. Our aim is for all of our employees to have the energy and enthusiasm to contribute to a safe, productive, and upbeat workplace.