The Better Effect
A BROADER PERSPECTIVE ON SUSTAINABILITY

A NEW GENERATION MAKES NEW DEMANDS ON THE SUSTAINABILITY WORK COMPANIES DO

"More and more people want to make sustainable choices, so we have to make it easier to choose. We make our sustainability work clear in six different areas that we know produce a better effect."

Johanna Ljunggren, Kinnarps Sustainability Manager

THE BETTER EFFECT: AREAS

RAW MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Using the right raw materials and managing resources is sound common sense. This is essential for a sustainable business and an important part of our corporate culture. We take responsibility for our materials and do not choose raw materials or manufacturing methods that are an unnecessary burden on the environment.

TARGET

By 2020, all raw wood will come from FSC® certified or third-party monitored sources.

RESPONSIBLE OR
VERIFIED WOODEN
RAW MATERIAL 
92%

Emissions of
carbon dioxide
-22%

CLIMATE

Our own 'blue trucks' give us a unique opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions. Our smart loading concept allows us to pack much more into our trucks. When others need up to three trailers, we manage with two. Furthermore, we can choose which fuels we use for transportation. We are now aiming to become climate-neutral.

TARGET

By 2020 we will reduce emissions by 35% in comparison with 2014.

PURE MATERIALS

Our furniture is to be found in environments where children and adults spend large parts of their lives. It is self-evident for us that our products should not contain harmful substances that impair people's health and ability to do a good job.

TARGET

By 2020, emissions of VOCs in our own production units will have fallen by 50% compared with the base year 2015.

Solvent
consumption
-26%

Procurements
with low risk
or audit
99%

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The world is unjust. But we have the opportunity of ensuring that the people who help to manufacture our products are able to do so under good working conditions. This applies both to ourselves and to our suppliers.

TARGET

By 2020, 100% of the procurement volume classified as high-risk will have been checked by means of an audit.

REUSE

It should be self-evident that you can reupholster a sofa or replace a worn-out tabletop. But this has not been the case in the furniture industry. By offering circular services and developing new circular business models, we are helping our customers to manage resources.

TARGET

By 2020, 35% of waste from our operations will be recycled. In the long term, no waste will be sent to landfill.

 

Proportion of
material sent
for recycling
30%

Sit the whole
day long
21%

ERGONOMICS

Stress-related illnesses and strain injuries in the office are a growing problem for society. Sedentary work also increases the risk of heart and vascular diseases and strokes. Nevertheless, 21% of the customers we asked reported that they sit and work all day long. We want to change that.

HEALTHIER EMPLOYEES. Ergonomic solutions mean more alert and creative employees, and contribute to less poor health and less sick leave.

ATTRACTIVE EMPLOYERS. An inspiring and healthy workplace strengthens the brand of the business. It makes it easier to keep and attract new talent.

BETTER WELL-BEING. Good ergonomics is decisive for success with an activity-based office. If the employees feel at home, can easily customise the workplaces and decide for themselves when they want to be sociable or concentrate on individual work, well-being and productivity increase.

 

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Talking about what you want to do is one thing. Actually doing it is a different thing altogether. At Kinnarps, we have chosen to be entirely transparent in our sustainability work. We report both the good news and the bad news. This is the way to become better. Read what has happened recently in our new sustainability report.

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A VALUE CHAIN WHICH IS UNIQUE IN THE INDUSTRY

The companies in the Kinnarps Group have a shared value chain which simplifies sustainability work for our customers and cooperating partners. We are continually finding new solutions which deliver a better effect. Where others see a chair or a desk, we see hundreds of ways of making a change. Changes that have a positive influence on you, your employees and society. At the same time, we give nature a better chance to play its part.

1. DESIGN

From the drawing board stage onwards, we design the product to be ergonomic, with a design which takes into account - and includes - everyone. We create products which are flexible and can be adjusted to the people using them. We make sure our products' component materials can be aggregated for easy recycling. we set high standards for the materials used in the manufacture of the product, to ensure a low environmental impact.

2. RAW MATERIALS

We have created a tool - the Kinnarps Evaluation System - for keeping updated on the environmental performance of the materials we use. This gives us added control over our products’ contents. We use either certified wood or wood from a source we have verified and risk-assessed. Many of our fabrics have environmentally certified credentials. We use recycled metal as much as possible, and mould our own padding, granting us full control over the material.

3. PRODUCTION

We avoid environmentally hazardous, unhealthy substances in all our production processes. Having received optimal results from the SMETA ethical audit, we proudly promise to adhere to high social requirements. We have a whistle-blowing system in place, which provides employees with protection to communicate any problems they witness. We also require all suppliers to sign our Code of Conduct.

4. SALES

We have lengthy experience when it comes to creating excellent working environments. With the help of the Kinnarps’ Next Office analysis tool, we work alongside each and every customer to find an activity-based solution which matches an individual company’s needs. Several of our retailers are ISO certified, systematically working to improve quality and reduce environmental impact. For example, we have switched to energy-efficient lighting in many of our showrooms.

5. DISTRIBUTION

We have our own optimised transportation system with a very high load efficiency - over 90%. Instead of one-time packaging, we wrap blankets around our products. Blankets which we take back home with us and reuse. This saves us and our customers 6.5 tonnes of packaging every day. On the way back to our factories, we fill our transporters with materials from our suppliers. We drive mainly on diesel with the addition of Tall oil, in order to reduce our impact on the climate.

6. USE

We create inclusive interior design solutions based on people’s real needs. With the Kinnarps’ Next Office concept, employees can move between a number of ergonomically correct environments. By employing sound absorbers, we create balanced acoustic environments, which leads to lower stress and increased well-being. We are able to compare the acoustic characteristics of different products by studying their individual facts. We set high demands on our materials and avoid unnecessary chemicals, creating healthy indoor air quality.

7. RE-USE

One part of our customer contract includes the option for us to inventory existing furniture, identifying products that can be used in the new design. Certain products can be easily upgraded or refurbished - for example, by replacing tabletops or chair upholstery. For products which can no longer be used, we offer to responsibly manage and recycle all materials.

TICK OFF YOUR SUSTAINABILITY GOALS WITH THE BETTER EFFECT INDEX

The Better Effect Index is the first comprehensive tool for those who want to make sustainable interior design choices. The index grades Kinnarps' products in six important aspects of sustainability and shows the possible effect.

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A FEW OF OUR SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATES & LABELS: