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Why partner?

Thanks to our ‘Supporting Partners’ we have been able to make the Sustainable Design Collective happen! We asked our partners what were their challenges & commitments towards sustainability and why they decided to support SDC”

Sedus Stoll

Sedus Stoll is the leading German manufacturer of office furniture. We are owned by two charitable foundations and donate our profits to good causes. Our products cover all office furniture applications including seating furniture as well as conference and systems furniture – all “Made in Germany”. Throughout our 150-year history, Sedus has been continuously setting new standards in ergonomics, manufacturing processes and sustainability.

Why SDC?

We hope by joining the SDC, to share and highlight our commitment to the environment and society as a whole, enabling our customers and partners to make an informed decision about their own furniture purchasing strategies and encouraging similar standards across our industry.

Commitment to Sustainability

Our philosophy and values of quality, ergonomics and sustainability have not changed since we began as a company in 1871. Recent discussions about sustainability and the environment therefore have not provided a challenge to Sedus. On the contrary: the pioneering role of Sedus within the European furniture industry has always helped to shape the office of the future.

Key Challenges

Sedus has uniquely achieved GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) certification, which is a part of the UN Global Compact, the most onerous environmental audit. We have taken the decision to focus our attention on the idea of cycles; this is why we evaluate all our products using life-cycle assessments.

In addition, we have set ourselves the strict goal of becoming climate neutral by 2025. That commits us to reduce emissions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 by 50%, compared to 2019, by 2025 and which is in line with the trajectories of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Web: sedus.com/en/
LinkedIn: Sedus Stoll (Headquarters)
Instagram: @sedus_uk
Twitter: @SedusL

Shaw Contract

Shaw Contract designs and manufactures carpet and resilient products that give foundation to spaces and support to the people within them.

Why SDC?

Shaw Contract is committed to the drive for greater sustainability across all areas of the built environment. We have been actively engaged in Cradle to Cradle design for more than 20 years, introducing the first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ flooring product in 1999.

The Company is proud of its role as a development partner for the WorldGBC’s Health and Wellbeing Framework; and is part of international secretariat ChemSec’s Business Group – a cross-industry collaboration among companies working for the reduction of harmful chemicals in products.

Commitment to Sustainability

Our ‘People Together, Planet Forever’ pledge is supported by practical points of ambition. We know that the materials we choose create healthy, safe environments; we aim to eliminate waste through reuse of precious commodities; our proactive initiatives promote fair and equal opportunities for all; and, our commitment to carbon reduction drives an aspiration to give back more than we take.

Key Challenges

The drive for greater sustainability is a continuous process. We know that we must work collaboratively to learn from each other and commit to ongoing innovations and improvements.

Steelcase

Steelcase leads the way in creating great experiences by offering a range of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to help people reach their full potential. Together with our partners, we design spaces to help people work, learn and heal.

Why SDC?

Steelcase is delighted to sponsor the Sustainable Design Collective. The firms represented within the Collective are some of the most leading and influential firms globally. The ability to exchange ideas with these firms was a compelling opportunity that we could not pass up. We are also excited to share where we have been and where we are going in regards to our ESG goals. We look forward to receiving feedback from such an esteemed set of professionals.

Commitment to Sustainability

In 2020, Steelcase sunset a decade of ambitious environmental goals. This year, we’re pleased to set a new foundation of goals that reflect our approach to our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) priorities. These are just a few: reduce absolute emissions from our own operations by 50%; reduce emissions from waste generated in our operations by 14%, equating to a 20% total tonnage reduction in waste globally; work crossfunctionally to implement more environmentally-friendly materials in order to phase out single-use plastics in substantially all packaging by 2030; commitment to using 100% recycled content in substantially all single-use packaging in the same timeframe; reduce emissions from business travel by 14%.

Key Challenges

For Steelcase, some of our key challenges are in the work we have with our supplier base. This is why we have committed to partner with 80% of our suppliers (by emissions) to help set their own science-based targets by 2025. We look forward to sharing more in the session we are hosting.

Web: steelcase.com
LinkedIn: Steelcase
Instagram: @steelcase
Twitter: @steelcase

Orluna LED Technologies

‘Forward thinking’ architectural lighting manufacturer intending to provide the best quality of light to all built environments and promote wellbeing through our ‘Best lit effect’.

Why SDC?

Orluna has been on a journey to improve their own sustainability credentials. This is across many sectors of the business. We continue this journey and hope that by supporting the ‘collective’ we can learn what the commercial sector desires and demands of manufacturers that are part of their supply chain. This will allow us to both meet the market demands and ethically commit to sustainable business practices.

Commitment to Sustainability

Our aim is to manufacture ‘long life’ products that hold their highest value for as long as possible without needing the resources used in recycling. However, where recycling is required, we are able to re-use components due to having direct control of the assembly process of our luminaires. The products currently contain 85% of recycled material and are 90% recyclable. We have actively made choices to use manufacturing process’ that have less environmental impact compared to others, despite a higher financial charge to the company.%.

Key Challenges

Striking a balance between market demands for cheaper ‘cost’ vs desired quality is a key challenge. As a manufacturer we want to be focussed on high quality, high performing products that also don’t employ unethical production practices. Our luminaires need to stay functioning efficiently for as long as possible. We hope the specifiers, end users and purchasers in the lighting sector help to drive change though their understanding that sustainable, quality production may cost more in the short term. Unfortunately, we still see so many decisions in purchasing lighting products purely based on cost.

Web: orluna.com
LinkedIn: Steelcase
Instagram: @steelcase
Twitter: @steelcase

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