In our approach to business we focus on integrating sustainability in the business strategy through unique design and service, the best quality standards, social-, economical- and environmental responsible concerns.
Having signed the UN Global Compact in 2013, we have committed us to support the United Nations’ ten principles regarding human rights, labour rights, environment and anti corruption. In our work with CSR and sustainability we are embracing essential topics which through a materiality analysis has shown to be important for the company and its stakeholders.
We have outlined four main areas, which embraces essential Kvadrat initiatives and objectives and communicates our responsible and sustainable progress. These are:
The standards we adhere to provide us with a framework for continually reducing the environmental impact of our production and internal processes, minimising the unnecessary use of raw materials, and creating a secure and healthy environment for employees. The framework also ensures, that our exclusive products always live up to our strict quality requirements.
In a number of areas, we go beyond existing legislation while respecting necessary functional requirements in order to create a proactive approach to a responsible business. We support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human and labour rights. We are strongly opposed to any kind of corruption, including extortion and bribery. All suppliers must commit to and sign our Code of Conduct which is aligned with law, international conventions and the ten principles in the UN Global Compact. Furthermore, we expect suppliers to regularly document how they are meeting our requirements. We are ISO 14001 and 9001 certified and we ensure that our management systems are efficiently implemented and are capable of supporting our organisation.
Our suppliers adhere to our strict quality and substance requirements and together, we continuously look for sustainable substance alternatives to further reduce our environmental impact. Generally, we do not apply halogen-based flame retardant treatments or PFC stain and water-repellent coatings. These substances do not support our sustainable policy and are often applied unnecessarily. If the natural properties of the textile’s raw material meet the requirements and expectations for the intended purpose, we do not recommend further treatments.
Always following the latest research, we are looking into environmentally friendly finishes for blackout curtains and other textiles with special properties in order to replace treatments containing perflourinated carbons including (C8) and (C6).
Our CSR policy and statements apply to all products developed and produced by Kvadrat. However, our complete offering also includes products from external brands and partners, who seek to meet specific market demands through their individual policies and developments.