Kinnarps furnishes one of the worlds greenest building

Kinnarps has been chosen to supply all interior furnishings when the leading international organization for sustainable development, IUCN, plans their new head office in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN aims to create one of the greenest office building in the world. Kinnarps was selected for its long-term dedication to sustainable production and development.

IUCN’s new head office, the IUCN Conservation Centre, will take 95% of its energy needs from renewable sources like solar power and geothermia. IUCN has also chosen partners with a clear sustainable profile in their segments. Kinnarps is the only Swedish supplier.

Kinnarps’ furnishing products were chosen because of the company’s long tradition of sustainable efforts with their active support of the FSC, the ,independent international organization for responsible forest stewardship, playing an important part. Since its foundation in 1942 Kinnarps has grown to become the third largest office furnishing supplier in Europe with distribution in 25 countries.

“One key objective for IUCN’s new Conservation Centre is to create a global showcase whereby the highest standards for ecological efficiency are met,” explains Mrs. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN’s Director General. “Working with partners such as Kinnarps who are committed to sustainable principles enables us to realize this vision at its fullest potential.”

IUCN is the world’s oldest and biggest global environmental network with 10 000 scientists and more than 1 000 governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations in 181 countries. The IUCN Conservation Centre will be a meeting place for any organization interested in sustainable development around the world.

“A sustainable approach to the environment has always been a cornerstone for Kinnarps. That’s why it’s even more gratifying to be chosen as partner by an important global organization as IUCN. At the same time it will fuel our efforts to be even more sustainable in the future”, says Henry Jarlsson, CEO and president of the Kinnarps corporation, also son of the founders, Jarl and Evy Andersson.

The architecture of the building will minimize the energy consumption. Balconies and adjustable blinds will help avoid overheating in summer and allow passive solar gain in winter, while taking advantage of natural light throughout the space. Kinnarps products, with their Scandinavian design and environmental profile will fit into this green building perfectly.

For further information please contact:
Henry Jarlsson, CEO and president of Kinnarps
Phone:                         +46 515-38004              

Ida Gustafsson, Press Officer Kinnarps AB
Phone:                         +46 515-383 89              

Sarah Halls, IUCN Media Relations Officer
Phone:                         +41 (22) 999 0127               / Mob:                         +41 (79) 528 3486              


Kinnarps provides interior solutions for offices and other public spaces. The whole supply chain from rawstuff to finished products is handled with high quality and low environmental impact. The corporation was founded in 1942 by Jarl and Evy Andersson and is still family owned. Kinnarps is the third largest supplier in Europe and has distribution in 35 countries. Besides the Kinnarps solutions the corporation markets products from the subsidiaries Skandiform, Materia and Klaessons. Kinnarps has a turnaround of 350 MEURO and 2 200 employees.

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), is the world’s largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 82 states, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and approximately 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.
The Union’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
IUCN is a multicultural, multilingual organization with 1000 staff located in 62 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.