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For more than 40 years, the family-owned design brand, Skagerak, has been creating long-lasting furniture with a modern, Nordic touch. Skagerak offers high quality furniture which is designed to last generation after generation. It’s simply Scandinavian design at it’s best. Skagerak is a Danish brand, and is thus deeply rooted in its Scandinavian heritage and craftsmanship.
The Skagerak collection consists of both indoor and outdoor furniture, accessories and lighting. The collection is a mix of both classic pieces and new designs that have yet to write history.
Skagerak as a company is all about honest relations with both designers and suppliers. The founders, Vibeke and Jesper Panduro, care deeply about everyone they work with and take pride in handpicking all partners. What is important to them is that each and everyone cares greatly about Skagerak’s overall vision: To create products crafted in high-quality materials produced responsibly with respect for people and the planet.
Skagerak believe in sustainable and straightforward beauty. Sustainability runs deep in their veins – in materials, in production and the way in which they treat partners and employees. They take pride in building long-standing and honest relations with designers and suppliers.
Their mutual vision of quality is not only measured by the quality of the materials, looks and functions. Skagerak believe that true quality is only achieved if it’s made under responsible conditions; not harming people nor planet. To ensure this, Skagerak implements one of their important tools – their Code of Conduct that is based upon 11 principles:
Skagerak endorse transparency when it comes to production and sourcing materials in the design industry. On their website, they have an interactive world-map that highlights all the countries that they produce in and what materials they mainly process. Show don’t tell is a perfect way to describe how Skagerak demonstrates a transparent supply chain.
Skagerak is continually looking for ways to use their business as a force of good. They have been a member of the UN Global Compact Act since 2001 and the B Corp movement since 2016. The Global Compact encourages businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies. B Corps are certified ‘benefit corporations’ that meet the highest standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
When it comes to environment in the B Corp assessment, Skagerak is scoring high on having installed recycling programmes, incentives to decrease its emissions by travelling and monitoring of both water and energy use. The same goes for its suppliers, where +75% are likewise monitoring water and energy, and 50% monitoring waste output.
Skagerak also recognise that it is their duty to support responsible wood sourcing and forest management and advocate for a sustainable design industry. The Forest Stewardship Council ensures that no more trees are felled than the forest can reproduce – and that local communities, biodiversity and forest workers are treated with respect. Skagerak increase their share of FSC-certified wood in their production to endorse this iniative.
Skagerak is a Hero in their own right. The way their love for people and planet trickles down their value chain all the way out to how they care for their employees is truly admiring. For Skagerak, it’s always about putting people and planet first.
Kind to people and kind to the earth while running a business at the same time. What’s not to love?!
This indicates that the brand in a developed country operates with fair prices given to the producers of the product in developing countries.
This indicates that the brand has taken an active stand in relation to labour relations between workers and employers.
This indicates that the brand has actively sought out Fair Working Conditions for the producers of its product(s).
This indicates that the brand gives back to society in some shape or form. The particular initiative will be listed when describing the brand in the brand section.
The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.
The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.
This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.
Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.
How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.
This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.
How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.
At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.