Why Kinnarps was chosen

Kinnarps’ furnishing products were chosen thanks to the company’s long tradition of environmental responsibility. A significant consideration was the company’s active support of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), the independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

What makes Kinnarps unique is that it controls its whole business from start to finish, and so is able to assume environmental responsibility at every stage and ensure best practice: from sourcing sustainable raw materials to developing greener production systems, and from reusing and recycling leftover materials in its factories to minimising the carbon footprint of its deliveries.

In recognition of its enduring commitment to the environment, Kinnarps has been awarded Green Supplier of the Year status by the Swedish Environmental Management Council.

Since its foundation in 1942, Kinnarps has grown to become the second largest office furnishing supplier in Europe, and has distribution in over 40 countries world-wide.

To match the exacting environmental credentials required for LEED status it was as critical to find a furniture supplier who could fulfil the goal to create one of 'Europe's greenest building' in its entirety. This wasn't a hunt for selective 'green' products but the need for a company with stringent sustainable policies across the whole of its product portfolio and processes.

Kinnarps’ business is characterised by an active commitment to the environment and by ongoing improvement. The goal of our environmental activities is long-term, sustainable, development. The business aims to use the smallest possible amount of resources and have the smallest possible environmental impact. It is the joint responsibility and task of the management and all the employees to adhere to this policy.

Kinnarps' environmental policy

Kinnarps’ business is characterised by an active commitment to the environment and by ongoing improvement. The goal of our environmental activities is long-term, sustainable, development. The business aims to use the smallest possible amount of resources and have the smallest possible environmental impact. It is the joint responsibility and task of the management and all the employees to adhere to this policy.

In order to achieve this, we constantly work towards:

Responsible forestry
Obtaining all our wood raw materials from responsibly managed and preferably environmentally certified forests.

Efficient transport
Transporting our goods in the most efficient way, in environmentally friendly vehicles and with reusable packaging.

Communication
Carrying on an open dialogue on environmental issues internally, with our suppliers and with the people and organisations around us.

Competence
Developing and refreshing the environmental skills of our staff, by providing information and training.

A good working environment
Developing a working environment that encourages hard work, influence, personal development and safety in all processes.

Prevention
Preventing undesirable environmental impacts by tackling potential problems at source.

Economic use
Ensuring that materials and energy are used sparingly and recycling residues and waste.

Care
Planning to prevent environmental accidents and to minimise the use of substances and chemicals which can be hazardous to people or the environment.

A life cycle approach
Using a life cycle approach, to adapt production processes and product development, in order to reduce the environmental impact, now and in the future.

Compliance with legislation
Ensuring that we comply with all relevant environmental legislation.