PEOPLE AND THE PLANET ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR MINDS
In 2011 Junckers joined the UN Global Compact to show our commitment to a sustainable future
When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set in 2015, it was a natural progression for us to use the goals as a framework to inspire and guide us in the development of our business. Based on our industry and business model, we focus on four of the SDG goals - Good health and wellbeing; Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Responsible consumption and production; and Life on land.
GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Working to support, maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our employees is an integral part of our strategy. From implementing measures to ensure a healthy work environment, reducing the number accidents through safety procedures to setting annual health goals for each employee, we do all we can to make sure everybody feels safe and well.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE
We put a lot of energy into making our business more efficient and are constantly improving every element our manufacturing, sourcing, and transportation processes. Our internal transport fleet is now made up of electric vehicles, and we continuously seek to reduce our CO2 emissions and minimise our carbon footprint by using by-product from our wood flooring manufacture to power our factory. We support initiatives to make our industry more sustainable and offer support and motivation to our suppliers to adopt sustainable policies.
GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Our company is founded on the principles of sustainable forestry and responsible production. Our business practise has always included treating the natural resources we all rely upon for a healthy life with respect. As part of our chain of custody certification through international schemes such as FSC® and PEFC™, for ever tree felled, many more are planted, to ensure our forests remain healthy and productive.
In the production of our wooden floors, we use large sections of wood, which means less waste, lower energy consumption, minimal use of adhesives and full recycling capabilities as the wood is not contaminated. Every part of the tree is used in the production; what is not used for flooring is used to power our on-site power station and surplus energy is sold to the local grid.
Through on-going research and innovation, we seek to reduce chemicals used in our woodcare products and find ways to dispose of surplus in an appropriate and responsible manner. Data pertaining to our manufacturing and material sourcing activities can be found in our EPDs, detailing our environmental impact, resource use, waste categories and output flow.
GOAL 15: LIFE ON LAND
Forests and trees play a central part in everything we do. We continue to do all we can to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and how healthy forests mean healthy people and a healthy environment, both on a local and international scale.
Forest restoration plays a vital role in addressing climate change and the biodiversity crises. For us, this is an important mission. Our wooden floors are made of 100% solid wood, from timber sourced from sustainable forests. For every tree felled, several new ones are planted, keeping the forest healthy and thriving. Many more trees are grown than harvested, and this too has an important effect on our climate, more trees equal larger storage of CO2.
We know that wood, or trees in its original form, stores CO2, which helps keep greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere. And even when trees are processed into, for example, wooden floors, the CO2 remains inside the wood and will only to be released if the wood is disposed of. By using wood as a building material, you contribute to a healthier climate.
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SUSTAINABILITY CASE STUDY: FROM WASTE WOOD TO UN GLOBAL WORLD BENCH
Presenting the Global Goals Bench – created to highlight United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Goals, which were formally adopted by world leaders in 2015, are set out in a large, circular bench - one section for each goal.
During the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Realdania, a philanthropic association working to improve quality of life through the built environment, installed the bench and accompanying planters outside its offices to promote and highlight the important messages that form part of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Junckers collaborated with TagTomat, an urban gardening company with a focus on upcycling and a more circular economy, to create the bench and planters. Junckers provided wood waste from its production line, which was upcycled into a beautiful and useful structure, where the public is invited to talk about common goals and to continue the dialogue to help the world to a better, more sustainable future.