Kinnarps AB wins Excellent Green Supplier of the Year award

Kinnarps was honoured on March 4 with an Excellent Green Supplier of the Year Award from the Swedish Environmental Management Council, for their dedicated efforts and continuous development towards improvement in sustainability.

Henry Jarlsson, CEO of Kinnarps said that he was delighted to recognised with the award.

‘Since our inception in 1942, we have had a genuine interest in sustainable best practice. My parents and founders of the company always looked at our production chain in an holistic way, before sustainability become a buzzword,’

‘Since the late 1950s, all furniture has been packaged and protected with Kinnarps blankets, which are then returned to base and reused,’ he added.

The jury motivates the award as follows:

“Kinnarps is awarded Excellent green supplier of the year 2009 due to their long tradition of working seriously with environmental issues and understanding the importance of working towards sustainable development. Kinnarps has during many years stood for fresh ideas within product development and material processes as well as working to secure that the wood used in their products comes from responsibly managed forests. Kinnarps has at the same time taken responsibility to contribute with knowledge and opinions to national and international actors within its branch.”

Environmental background

Having its roots in the rural community, environmental awareness is simply a way of life which has made Kinnarps a world leader in sustainable achievements. Kinnarps products have been certified by several European environmental certifications, and in 1994 they were the first to receive the internationally recognized certification ISO 14001.

During the 1970s Kinnarps began to take press waste wood into briquettes, which is today the only method of heating the two main factories in Sweden. Since 1988, Kinnarps has decreased their emissions by 90 % by thoroughly improving their process chain.

Kinnarps is also due to supply all interior furnishings to the leading International Organisation for Sustainable Development (IUCN) which is to take on the grand mission of designing and constructing one of the world’s greenest office buildings for its new head office in Gland, Switzerland.

The new building, on Lake Geneva, is scheduled for completion at the end of 2009, which means that the Kinnarps office furniture will be delivered at the beginning of 2010.

Kinnarps in Australia

Early last year, Kinnarps opened their doors to a showroom in Sydney, NSW.

Philip Ebbersten, Managing Director of Kinnarps Australia observes:

‘The Australian market gave us a strong indication that they are taking an immense interest in sustainable development which is one of the reasons we decided to enter this market. Today our vast range of products, from workstations, storage units and wall dividers to desk chairs and meeting tables are GECA certified to also satisfy Australian standards. Very soon the rest of our range, including educational products, meeting requirements and seating will be GECA satisfied'.

‘Kinnarps is a company of choice, and our long history and persistent work on sustainability since 1942 have placed us in the forefront as leaders in our industry. We are looking forward to hopefully receive such a prestigious award also in Australia,’ he says.





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