Surplus energy produced in 2022 will cover the amount used in all our showrooms, sales offices and warehouses.
Working sustainably is a key element of our strategy, our culture and our day-to-day operations. We are convinced it is essential to our survival and our success. As such, we are actively engaged with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We want our products to contribute to sustainable development through creativity, innovation, and constant learning in cooperation with our suppliers, our customers, and the local communities where we operate. This is a project that never ends, an ongoing journey towards an evolving destination.
In 2022 we will be net producers of renewable energy, and by 2030 our products will be 100% climate neutral.
In 2022 our production facility in Nybro, Sweden will be a net producer of renewable energy, thanks to geothermal heating and over 4,200 solar panels installed on the factory roof. The panels produce around 1.5 million kWh annually. The surplus energy produced will cover the amount used in showrooms, sales offices and warehouses. The system is built to provide sustainable energy for many decades to come.
However, our products contain raw materials and details that are produced elsewhere. To better understand how to reduce our entire climate impact, we are currently carrying out extensive life cycle analyses, which provide data enabling us to minimize emissions of every product in our range. The results so far show that 80% of the climate footprint and 75–95% of the total environmental footprint lies in the production of raw material and components. Thanks to production improvements, only 3–4% of the environmental footprint derives from our own manufacturing.
We have started publishing the climate footprint for several products on our website, and more will come. Reaching net zero will be challenging, but we believe we can succeed, in close cooperation with our suppliers and customers.
We work with timeless design and certified materials, and by 2030 our products will be 100% circular.
Since we manufacture our products ourselves, we control the raw materials and processes we employ. But circularity starts in the design phase. Making a product that is attractive enough to survive a move from one office to another significantly reduces its long-term environmental footprint. We commit to increase the amount of recycled material in our products. So far more than 40% of filling, aluminium foil and casted aluminium is recycled. The packaging material is up to 80% recycled.
Recyclability is one of our most challenging tasks. When a product is damaged, it must be possible to repair it. When it is no longer needed, it must be possible to strip it down to its parts and reuse them in new products or material. Right now, few of our products are possible to fully disassemble and reuse or recycle. We are now working our way through our product range making changes.
We strive to ensure that all wood used in our products is certified by international organizations supporting responsible forestry. In line with this, we are certified according to the FSC Chain of Custody (License Code: FSC-C170086). Now, in March 2022, 87% of the wood we buy is FSC certified. EU Ecolabel or Oekotex fabrics and filling are available for all products. The e3 ceramic steel whiteboard surfaces we use has a 30- year guarantee and is Cradle to Cradle Certified.
We certify our products with the Swedish assessment system Byggvarubedömningen and Möbelfakta. Möbelfakta is a Swedish labelling system covering quality, environment, and social responsibility. Requirements include EN and ISO quality standards, absence of hazardous substances and compliance to the UN Global Compact principles. It is a type 1 eco-label according to ISO 14024. We are also ISO 14001-certified.
From March 2022 87% of all wood based material we buy is FSC® certified.
It is of highest priority that the people contributing to our products, work under good conditions and that human rights always are protected and promoted. We have chosen third party audits according to SMETA to verify compliance with the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) base code and our own Supplier Code of conduct.
Finally, we want our products to empower the people using them, by making innovation, learning and creativity possible.
Today, 80% of our products are manufactured at our factory in Nybro, Småland.