WHO WE ARE
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. This means understanding urbanization and, together with our partners and customers, helping cities to become better and more sustainable places to live.
As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings.
While KONE was established 1910 in Finland, Australia and New Zealand became part of the company in late the 1980's through ownership of Elevators Pty Ltd (EPL). KONE Australia and New Zealand have over 1,500 staff in 18 offices across the two countries.
KONE's mission and vision
As the urbanization megatrend shows, the world’s cities are constantly growing. They attract billions of people and by 2050 more than two in every three people on the planet will live in urban areas. Estimates tell us that around 200,000 people move into cities across the globe each and every day, the same as 140 people every minute.
In this increasingly urbanizing world, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. We understand urbanization and help our customers make the best of the world’s cities, buildings and public spaces. We know we can truly contribute to making cities better and more sustainable places to live. This mission is the purpose that guides every decision we make.
Our vision is to create the best People Flow experience
Our goal is to provide ease, effectiveness and experiences to our users and customers over the full life cycle of buildings. We believe the best experience can be created by working together with our customers and partners in every step of the process, from early engagement to upgrading equipment.
We are passionate about safety, quality, sustainability and the KONE values, which together form a strong foundation for our company culture. Our unique and strong culture has always supported us in successfully renewing our business according to the changing environment.
Our culture is created by each one of us, by every action we take, every day, all around the world. It is about the things we do that put a smile on our customers’ and colleagues’ faces, the acts that inspire people around us and make the world a better place. It is embedded in the ways we collaborate, the way we see the world and our impact on it, and the way we bring our core principles and values to life.
- Safety is our highest priority
- Everyone at KONE contributes to quality
- We choose sustainability everyday
Our values define who we are and what we aspire to become and they are care, customer, collaboration, and courage.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity makes us unique, inclusion makes us powerful
Diversity and inclusion are embedded in the KONE culture and values. We believe that when people are valued as their authentic selves, innovation can flourish and work communities will thrive.
We believe in diversity, inclusion, and equity
At KONE, we strive to provide equal opportunity for everyone. We apply fair talent practices in recruitment and enable unique career paths through flexible arrangements and by supporting a healthy work-life balance.
We value everyone as an individual
Globally, we celebrate 147 nationalities that make us unique. To accelerate innovation and co-creation, and to create a thriving work community, we welcome fresh competencies and views from outside our industry. Together, we make KONE a great place to work and cities better places to live.
Our diverse perspectives drive innovation
We are only as strong as we are diverse and inclusive. Our varied capabilities, skills, and approaches help us to create the best People Flow™ experience and build better, more sustainable cities. We treat everyone with kindness and respect, support diverse thinking, acknowledge our biases, and always keep an open mind.
We care for each other and our communities
We are committed to a culture that welcomes everyone. A culture where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging. Fostering inclusion is an ongoing effort, and we move forward with ambition. We contribute to the sustainable development of our communities and want to take a stand for a fair and equal society.
Our goals for promoting diversity and inclusion
In order to bring clear direction to our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have defined four goals:
- Have 35% of director-level positions held by women by 2030.
- Continue to increase the diversity of experiences and perspectives by systematically hiring people from outside our industry, with competencies that complement ours.
- Aim to become as diverse as our customers and the communities we serve. As a specific action, we work to increase cultural diversity in our global business units and functions.
- Work together to build an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity. We will do so, for example, through continuous coaching for our leaders and by providing practical tips and facts for employees to learn and lead the way for an inclusive culture.