What Do Sports, Safety and Sustainability Have in Common?

A healthy mix of work and play make for happy, successful employees.
Aug 14, 2017 1:00 PM ET
Campaign: Sustainability
Associate Volleyball Tournament sees casting team beating out administration team.

What do volleyball, safety and turning waste into new products have in common?

Known for a commitment to safety and sustainability, associates at Kohler Co.'s vitreous plant in Jhagadia, India proved recently that their recognized success is due, in large part, to working, and having fun together.

Associate Volleyball League

The casting team prevailed against the administration team in the championship game of the plant's seven-day volleyball tournament in June. In total, 16 associate teams competed in the tournament. Prizes were awarded to the winning team and to associates deemed "Player(s) of the Match."

Best of Best

Associates and their families gathered recently to witness the recognition of top-performing associates. Individuals across all disciplines were rewarded for their high productivity as part of the plant's quarterly "Best of Best" celebration.


Jhagadia Vitreous was recognized earlier this year for achieving Tier III certification in the Kohler Safety Management System. This success represents the plant's ongoing safety journey. The facility achieved another significant milestone recently when five million hours passed with no time lost due to injury.  

"It's the commitment of all of our associates that makes our safety record possible," said Dinesh Vaswani, Senior Manager – Environment, Health & Safety. "The achievement is the result of a culture based on teamwork, management support and exceptional attention to detail."


The facility continues to make great strides toward its sustainability goals, working with local vendors to turn crushed cull and effluent treatment plant waste into paver blocks (and acid-proof tiles, respectively.

In the spray department, associates replaced fresh water used in the glaze removal stage with recycled water from the plant. The department now saves 60 kiloliters of water per day.​