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Best Practice Achievements
2013: Since the late eighties Ekornes has regularly invested in more eco-friendly heating systems to reduce the need of oil and electricity. Today incinerators for wood and pellets from own production represent the main source of energy for heating, supplemented with large systems of heat pumps (both air to air and seawater to air) and heat recovery systems. Oil is only regarded as a secondary source through cold periods and as a back-up system. Continuous investments in eco-friendly technology to obtain shared value between increased efficiency, lower costs, less impact on environment and minimization of health risk for the employees have resulted in a competitive and sustainable value chain. Most of our in-house manufacturing processes are today relatively energy efficient. Ekornes has a long tradition to continuously strive to reduce the use of energy. This is a continuously effort.
2013: Ekornes invests to continuously strengthen competencies in sustainable product development, supplier development and manufacturing. Ekornes has as its long-term objective to develop environmental issues to a competitive advantage through being ahead of our competitors also in this field.
Ekornes develops new products with mainly use of platform components. Use of platform components gives us the opportunity to use advanced technology and robots for mass production â€“ which again leads to a rational use of raw materials and a minimization of waste. Use of platform components gives us the advantage of good and stable quality by focus on fewer different components. This gives our products a long lifespan, which is an important value for greener products.
2013: Ekornes is continuously in dialogue with and has a board member in the federation of Norwegian Industries for furniture. The federation is a part of the overall NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) and ensures that society and policy makers understand how important a viable and sustainable industry is for our future welfare. NHO forum for Corporate Social Responsibility supports the members of the confederation and facilitates dialogue between businesses on CSR related issues. Ekornes takes active part in this forum, lobbying for a common best practice approach regarding CSR-related topics, including climate change mitigation and adaption.
The R&D director in Ekornes is the chairman in one of the federationâ€™s initiatives, â€œMÃ¸belfaktaâ€, which encourages the furniture industry to more transparency towards its stakeholders by implementing environmental management systems and quality- and environmental certifications. The Environment and Quality Manager in Ekornes is member of the technical committee in the Norwegian EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) foundation established by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO). The reason for its establishment was an expressed desire from the Norwegian corporate sector related to the development of credible, standardized and internationally valid EPDs for products and services.