A Culture of Collaboration

A Culture of Collaboration

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Did you know that 22% of Klean staff have been with the company for over 10 years and another 41% for over 5 years? Those numbers make us happy! Our people are what make us tick and we like to think of Klean as being closer to a family than anything else.

At Klean, we have built a company culture that fosters trust, instills respect, and creates inspiration. To quote our Co-owner / Co-CEO Michelle Kalberer, "Caring for our people is as easy as breathing. It comes naturally because it’s derived from love.”

Some may think love is a fuzzy concept, that you really can’t take it seriously at work. But love is a basic human experience and it's silly to think it shouldn't be a part of our work lives. This doesn’t mean we have a hug-fest every day. It means that we have ethics and values, where we treat each other with respect. We can have a fierce conversation one moment, and still laugh with each other in a competitive game of Red Light, Green Light the next!

"Caring for our people is as easy as breathing. It comes naturally because it’s derived from love.”

Klean Co-Owners Jeff and Michelle
Klean Staff and Son
Klean workers in China
Klean family in front of our Chico office

People First

Klean is devoted to caring for our diverse, global team. We strive to inspire everyone who touches our business to be healthy, happy and focused on continuous growth and improvement in ways that are bigger than themselves.

A Culture of Collaboration

Every employee at Klean, regardless of position or tenure, is encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas to help the company grow and evolve. While we have job titles, managers, VPs and performance reviews like any other organization, we think of Klean as being closer to a family than anything else.This ethos starts with our co-owners, sister and brother, Michelle Kalberer and Jeff Cresswell.

Employee Programs and Benefits

Klean offers best in class traditional benefits, from 401k contributions to 100% paid health coverage. In addition, all employees are eligible to participate in a variety of programs that promote health and wellness, and share company successes.

Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing

After one year of employment, all employees become eligible to participate in Klean’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Volunteer Program

Klean provides 24 hours of paid time off to all employees each year to volunteer at nonprofits of their choosing.

Learning & Personal Growth

Employees receive on-going training and development opportunities that promote work and life skills and are designed to support sustained employment.

Wellness Programs

Upon hire, employees enjoy programs that support their health and wellbeing through flexible schedules, gym subsidies, on-site programs and resources for behavior health services.

Paid Parental Leave

All employees are provided 100% paid parental leave to bond with a newborn, newly adopted or newly placed child to enjoy and adjust to their new family environment.

Dog-Friendly Office

Klean’s casual atmosphere, inclusive of human’s best friend, boosts morale, increases productivity and creates a happier workplace for all staff.

The Klean Family Extends Across the Globe

As a global company, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of everyone who works on Klean Kanteen, from our employees to our network of manufacturing and distribution partners.

Fair and Ethical Business

We work with our manufacturing partners and supply chain experts to ensure working conditions at factories where Klean products are made are consistent with recognized standards such as the ETI Base Code and ILO International Labor Standards for safety, fair labor, ethical business practices and environmental responsibility.

Third Party Standards

Our manufacturing partners maintain management systems that meet high standards of quality (ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949) and environmental responsibility (ISO 14001).

Klean staff photo

Brand Impact Report

Want to know more about Klean Kanteen the company? Explore our three areas of focus, people, planet and product, to learn more about the practices and initiatives that make up the backbone of our business and unique operating philosophy. Our Brand Impact Report is a detailed document about all elements of our company.