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Corporate Responsibility
& ESG

It’s a simple fact of life.  Perfection is an impossible standard.  But in the results-driven world, we are constantly striving for perfection to achieve greatness.  Back in 1998, the world saw a fragmented recycled parts industry.  Our founders, however, saw an opportunity – to provide quality, high-value alternatives for the automotive replacement parts marketplace.

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Watch LKQ
featured on Earth

with John Holden

This series showcases companies that are helping to preserve our planet through eco-friendly initiatives and innovative technologies and solutions.

Viewers will get an inside look into our facility in Casa Grande, Arizona and have the chance to hear first-hand about how LKQ participates in the circular economy from Nick Zarcone, LKQ’s CEO; Justin Jude, North American President; Sandy Pierantoni, Director, ESG Strategy & Initiatives; and Aaron Smith, Casa Grande Plant Manager. There will even be a guest appearance from the Mayor of Casa Grande.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

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.

World’s Largest Recycler of Vehicles

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. 

2021 Sustainability Report

The 2021 LKQ Sustainability Report is our second annual sustainability report and signifies our commitment to disclosing and further enhancing our environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices across our global operations. LKQ has 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 disclosures, the report applies the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Task Force for Climate-Related Disclosure (TCFD) 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.

90%

or more of all materials from the vehicles LKQ processes are recycled keeping items out of landfills

780,000+

of vehicles procured last year

343,000

of gallons of anti-freeze and washer fluid recovered last year

1,461,000

of catalytic converters recovered last year

3,900,000

Gallons of fuel recovered and recycled last year

2,051,000

Tires recovered and recycled

1,100,000

Tons of crush auto scrap materials processed last year

740,000

of batteries recovered last year

2,247,000

Gallons of waste oil recovered and recycled last year

13,800,000

of individual recycled parts sold

1,600

of LKQ locations worldwide and always growing

46,000

of LKQ team members worldwide