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LKQ Proud and Always Delivers

About our Values.

Our core values help LKQ and its employees make important business decisions about hiring, training, short and long-term strategy, leadership techniques, and help shape our company culture. We are “LKQ Proud”.  This simple statement drives everything we do. It speaks to pride in ourselves and each other, pride in the Company, pride in our customers, and pride in the communities in which we operate in and serve.

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LKQ Always D-E-L-I-V-E-R-S.

  • We create an environment to ignite personal growth, training, and well-being for all of our employees.
  • It is our personal goal that we provide opportunities for you to develop your skills and knowledge so that you can all reach your full potential.
  • We raise the bar and outperform our competitors through the highest standards.
  • We strive to be the best in everything we do from the quality of our products and services, to the way we treat our customers and each other.
  • We take the lead, support and develop those around us, and we foster an inclusive environment.
  • Promoting an inclusive environment is critical to our success, as it is our diverse backgrounds and experiences that create value for LKQ.
  • We cultivate honesty, fairness, and truth to progress.
  • We believe in being honest, transparent, and accountable. Both with our customers and with our own organization.
  • We bring value to our stakeholders, customers, employees, and the community.
  • We are constantly seeking ways to add value to our products and services, and in finding innovative solutions.
  • We challenge the status quo and we are champions of positive change.

  • We believe in being adaptable and open to new ideas.

  • We are constantly seeking out new ways to improve and to evolve.

  • We are solutions focused, and we do more with less, and are resilient in this pursuit of serving our customers.

  • We believe in using our resources wisely, efficiently, and finding creative solutions to challenges.

  • We are committed to positively impacting our people, our communities, and our environment.
  • we are committed to delivering on our LKQ purpose, which is improving the world one part at a time.

The LKQ Community Foundation

In 2020, LKQ established the LKQ Community Foundation.  LKQ Corporation’s mission includes building strong partnerships with our employees and the communities in which we operate.  LKQ values the strong, enduring relationships we have cultivated with local charities, and we are especially proud of the philanthropic efforts of our employees.  The LKQ Community Foundation provides us with an ongoing opportunity to support the various organizations that are striving to improve the communities where we live and work.  Our areas of focus include:

  • Health & Human Services
  • Technical & General Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • First Responders (Fire, Police & Military)

Matching Gifts

The LKQ Community Foundation will match an LKQ employee’s personal donations (up to $500 U.S. based currency equivalent per calendar year) to charitable organizations, provided they are permissible grantees for the Foundation and our matching gifts provider. 

The LKQ Employee Assistance Fund

In 2018, LKQ created the LKQ Corporation Employee Assistance Fund.  The Fund is designed to provide short-term, emergency support to LKQ Corporation’s employees within North America who are facing serious financial hardship because of certain unforeseen and unpreventable circumstances and who cannot afford housing, utilities, or other basic living expenses. 

Joseph M. Holsten Scholarship Program

Each year LKQ Corporation grants approximately $500,000 or more in scholarships to the children of its employees; with each student receiving a $2,500 LKQ Joseph M. Holsten Scholarship to advance their post-high school education.  LKQ employees who have a child planning to attend an accredited college, university, or technical, community or vocational school are encouraged to apply to help advance their child’s education.  Previous award recipients must reapply each year.  The maximum amount a recipient may be awarded is $10,000. 

We are LKQ Proud
and Always D-E-L-I-V-E-R

We approach Corporate Responsibility & ESG with the same mindset as our LKQ Proud culture and Always D-E-L-I-V-E-R, the values that each of us at LKQ live and work by each day.  Our ESG strategy is built on four key elements:
  • Our People
  • Our Communities
  • Our Environment
  • Our Corporate Governance & Ethics
This is our framework for delivering what matters most to our stakeholders. This is how LKQ is driving excellence.

The LKQ Community Foundation

Today, we are proud to be the world’s largest recycler of vehicles.  Our salvage vehicle operations recycle more than 90% of the materials from end-of-life vehicles that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  LKQ was built on a solid foundation with attention to recycling and sustainability efforts.  And yet, we realize the need to continually do more. 

2020 Sustainability Report

The LKQ Sustainability Report 2020 is our inaugural sustainability report and signifies our commitment to disclosing and further enhancing our environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices across our global operations. While this is our first report, we have been an environmental leader since the day we were founded in 1998. Today, we are the largest recycler of vehicles in the world. The same level of commitment we make to the environment, we also make to our customers through our commitment to quality, fulfillment rates, and service reliability, and to our employees by treating them with dignity and respect. We believe that delivering long-term value for our stakeholders is important to our success. We view ESG elements within this report as integral to our enterprise approach to sustainability. To inform our disclosure, the report applies the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) guidelines. We recognize we are on a journey, and we welcome your feedback.

LKQ Corporation strives to be a responsible corporate citizen with respect to environmental, social and governance matters.


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of LKQ locations worldwide and always growing


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