“As a family and a company, we have long held the values of putting our customers, associates and communities first. Our approach to corporate social responsibility really boils down to one overarching question: Are we doing the right thing?” said Krause Group Chairman and CEO Kyle Krause. “Every day, we work to ensure a safe, healthy and inclusive environment for our associates; to minimize our impact on the environment; and, ultimately, to build a company that we can be proud of for generations to come.”
Krause Group was born in 1959, with the launch of a single gas station in Hampton, Iowa, by Tony Gentle and his son-in-law, William Krause. Over the next 60 years, the family business grew to include an array of companies including convenience retail chain, Kum & Go, Solar Transport, Italian wineries Vietti and Enrico Serafino, Krause Group Real Estate, Dalla Terra Ranch, Teamwork Ranch and the Des Moines Menace soccer club.
Today, under the third- and fourth-generation leadership of Kyle Krause, Chairman and CEO of Kum & Go and Krause Group, and his son, Tanner Krause, President of Kum & Go, Krause Group’s diverse portfolio prides itself on a people-first, purpose-based approach.
Krause Group’s social responsibility philosophy rests on four pillars; purpose, people, planet and philanthropy, which are used as filters for decision-making and continuous improvement.
The report spotlights those pillars across each Krause Group company: from sustainable construction in their new Des Moines headquarters to associate safety in their logistics company. From food rescue and enhanced benefits in convenience retail to sustainable agricultural practices across their vineyards and farmland in the U.S. and Italy.
The new report focuses on how each business is working toward activating its purpose, while introducing Krause Group’s broader goals for sustainable growth. It is a transparent, accountable report of the company’s progress to date and its future ambitions.
“This report is a reflection of the impact we’ve had to date, but its true aim is to drive us forward,” Krause said. “It sets the path forward for where we want to be in the months, years, and decades to come.”