Ever since the outset, Kinnarps' focus has been to find solutions offering optimal efficiency – and to have the least possible impact on the environment. This is also why Kinnarps chooses to be so meticulous when purchasing raw materials. It is important that all materials are inspected. Ninety-four percent of all the wood raw materials used by Kinnarps are for instance certified and inspected, a figure that stands out from the rest and makes Kinnarps the industry role model.
"We will only be happy when we have achieved 100%, in other words that all the wood raw materials required for our products are inspected or certified. For environmental and quality reasons, we wish to know where the raw materials we use in production are sourced and what they contain. Something that also benefits our customers, they should feel confident that our wood content is fair. The difficulty is finding suppliers who can comply with our very stringent demands," says Kinnarps' Sustainability Director Tomas Ekström.
In recent years, Kinnarps has continually increased the proportion of products that are certified in accordance with FSC® – Forest Stewardship Council, a global standard for sustainable forestry operations. It means that less pesticides are used in production and social aspects are also taken into account during production, for instance that it is possible to conduct profitable forestry. The wood in Kinnarps' products is either FSC certified or from a source inspected by Kinnarps. The access to certified forests is not enough however and Kinnarps is still working hard to increase production levels. Kinnarps has therefore set an ambitious target that all the wood used by Kinnarps is FSC certified by 2020.
"At Kinnarps, we have a long tradition of using pure materials. When we talk about pure materials, we mean the entire chain – from the choice of raw materials, the conditions in which those materials have been produced and how they affect us when we use them, to how easy it is to recycle products as their service life draws to an end. We want a chain where we have as little impact on the environment as possible, so we strive more to make smart and sustainable choices along the entire value chain, not just at the time of purchase of raw materials," says Tomas Ekström.
Kinnarps' new sustainability report presents the activities and challenges the company has to deal with along the value chain. This is the first time Kinnarps publishes a sustainability report and Tomas Ekström confirms that it required major internal work to conclude.
"I am very proud of the success we have achieved in terms of sustainability and it is exciting that that our customers now clearly can see the effect of using Kinnarps products and services. Increased transparency around our challenges increases understanding, both internally and externally, and we believe that it drives the process forward at a faster rate. The goal is to get our suppliers, ourselves and our customers to work together. This will also result in the greatest sustainability impact," says Tomas Ekström.
Kinnarps' new Sustainability Report can be found here.