Our sustainability approach encompasses the triple bottom line – People, Planet, and Profit.

For Payless associates, this goes beyond individual acts such as recycling bottles and office paper, and includes larger projects like lowering corporate and store energy consumption and partnering with organizations to facilitate giving back to the community.

Reducing Waste

Recyclables Collection: On Earth Day 2013, Payless partnered with Asset LifeCycle, Waste Management, and Shawnee County Solid Waste to collect 2,100 pounds of paper and 3,029 pounds of e-waste from

corporate associates for re-use or recycling. We aim to offer these expanded recycling services for our associates on or around Earth Day each year.


Our commitment to sustainability has been recognized with various awards. Our most recent achievement is the National Keep America Beautiful Award – 2nd Place for Waste Reduction.

Reducing Energy Consumption

Label Project: In an effort to reduce unnecessary shipping of materials and thereby reduce fossil fuel consumption, the Sustainability Resource Group facilitated the introduction of a new shipment labeling process. We achieved a reduction of 1,200 pounds in materials shipped per year.

Corporate Office: Several strategies are employed at Payless World Headquarters to reduce energy consumption. We use common sense practices like shutting off lights at night and urging associates to turn off desk lights and computers when they leave. Recent equipment upgrades and other improvements to the air conditioning/heating systems also allow for reduced energy consumption.

Store Locations: Taking the initiative on the LED lighting movement, select Payless Store Locations have new LED overhead lighting, substantially reducing energy consumption, waste, and expense!

Looking Forward: Our future goals include replacing mechanical and office equipment as well as reducing associate travel.

Giving Back

Get Down and Get Dirty event through Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County: Associates volunteer to clean up litter each year in April.