About Skagerak

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.

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Product lifecycle

Brand sustainability

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:

  • The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  • Fair Remuneration
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Special Protection for Young Workers
  • No Bonded Labour
  • Ethical Business Behaviour
  • No Discrimination
  • Decent Working Hours
  • No Child Labour
  • No Precarious Employment
  • Protection of the Environment

 

 

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.

Brand Ethos

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.

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Kind to people and kind to the earth while running a business at the same time. What’s not to love?!

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production image Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Agriculture is the biggest user of water worldwide, and irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater for human use.

The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

A large share of the world population is still consuming far too little to meet even their basic needs.  Halving the per capita of global food waste at the retailer and consumer levels is also important for creating more efficient production and supply chains. This can help with food security, and shift us towards a more resource efficient economy.

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Goal 13: Climate action image Goal 13: Climate action

There is no country that is not experiencing the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 percent higher than in 1990. Global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not act.

The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This is not to mention the human impact of geo-physical disasters, which are 91 percent climate-related, and which between 1998 and 2017 killed 1.3 million people, and left 4.4 billion injured. The goal aims to mobilize US$100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries to both adapt to climate change and invest in low-carbon development.

Supporting vulnerable regions will directly contribute not only to Goal 13 but also to the other SDGs. These actions must also go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures, sustainable natural resource management, and human security into national development strategies. It is still possible, with strong political will, increased investment, and using existing technology, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, aiming at 1.5°C, but this requires urgent and ambitious collective action.

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Goal 15: Life on land image Goal 15: Life on land

Human life depends on the earth as much as the ocean for our sustenance and livelihoods. Plant life provides 80 percent of the human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resources. Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, provide vital habitats for millions of species, and important sources for clean air and water, as well as being crucial for combating climate change.

Every year, 13 million hectares of forests are lost, while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares, disproportionately affecting poor communities.

While 15 percent of land is protected, biodiversity is still at risk. Nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants have been illegally traded. Wildlife trafficking not only erodes biodiversity, but creates insecurity, fuels conflict, and feeds corruption.

Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage and support global food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and peace and security.

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Goal 1: No poverty image Goal 1: No poverty

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015, too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

As of 2015, about 736 million people still lived on less than US$1.90 a day; many lack food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid growth in countries such as China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to be poor than men because they have less paid work, education, and own less property.

Progress has also been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80 percent of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.

The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what we started, and end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters.

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Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth image Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.

However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.

The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.

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Sustainable highlights on brand level

  • 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.

Product Lifecycle

Design

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.

    Material & Material Extraction

    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.

      Transportation of Materials

      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.

        Production

        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.

          Packaging

          How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.

            Distribution

            This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.

              Usage

              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.

                End of life

                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.

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