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Actions to Support More Inclusive and Diverse Communities

“We all have the opportunity to recommit ourselves to the pressing issues of the day, setting the stage for change in the years ahead. Taking the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge aligns fully with the Knoll commitment to help build a fairer and more equitable society. Supporting accessibility and inclusion through design education and affordable housing extends our design-driven mission and shows how we can play a tangible role in making progress toward a fairer world,”

– Andrew Cogan, Knoll Chairman and CEO

Andrew Cogan, Chairman & CEO

Diversity Scholarship

The Knoll Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students will help develop the next generation of architects and designers.

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Habitat for Humanity

To expand our commitment to good design and sustainable building practices, Knoll has joined Habitat for Humanity as a cause marketing partner.

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World Monuments Fund

Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program, which enhances awareness of the role that Modernism plays in the built environment.

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Knoll Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students

Knoll Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students

Knoll has created Knoll Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students to develop the next generation of architects, graphic designers, industrial and architectural engineers, interior designers and industrial designers.

The program will provide individual tuition awards of $10,000, renewable annually, to a total of five Black 2021 high school graduates in the United States and Canada who will be pursuing studies at two- or four-year institutions. The program will be administered by Scholarship America, a not-for-profit organization that works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities. Since its founding more than 60 years ago, Scholarship America’s mission has been focused on student success, helping students break down barriers, open doors and access scholarships to achieve their dreams of a college education.

This initiative complements the Knoll Employee Scholarship program, founded in 1998, which provides access to higher education to Knoll associates’ children and grandchildren and focuses on reducing the burden of student debt. The program has awarded 676 scholarships since inception.

Scholarship applications will be available mid-November at scholarshipamerica.org

 

Knoll Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity + Knoll

To expand our commitment to good design and sustainable building practices, Knoll is joining global housing nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity, as a cause marketing partner, effective December 2020. Last year, Habitat helped over 7 million people build or improve a place to call home. The organization frequently uses sustainable building practices and follows energy-efficient construction standards that prioritize safety, health and materials conservation.

The Habitat + Knoll partnership consists of three components:

  • Consumer Participation. In December 2020, Knoll will offer a $5.00 donate option for online sales at the Shop at knoll.com at checkout and for orders placed at retail Knoll Home Design Shops in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Financial Support. From December 2020, Knoll will match consumer donations for a collective total of $100,000.
  • Volunteer Activity. Knoll associates will volunteer in four to-be-announced North America Habitat 2021 projects when Covid-19 restrictions have lifted.

 

Knoll World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk

World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program. Modernism at Risk includes programs dedicated to preservation and public advocacy, with the intention of attracting international resources to the dangers faced by Modernist buildings across the globe. A cornerstone of Modernism at Risk is the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, which is awarded biennially to a designer or design firm whose work enhances the public’s awareness of the seminal role that Modernism plays in the built environment.

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