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This award is presented every year by the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Eugène Sterken, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahrend, is especially pleased with the award since it recognizes Ahrend's overall business operations: "This means that these authoritative institutions not only consider our products to be sustainable, but specifically our business processes and our corporate policy as well."
The award is presented to companies that score particularly well with regard to energy saving, the use of renewable energy, recycling, sustainability and reduction of CO2 emissions. And Ahrend has an excellent track record in all these fields.
- CSR is one of the pillars under Ahrend's corporate strategy. Ahrend works according to certified systems, such as ISO, FSC, PEFC and EMAS and has been producing environmental reports for its production sites since 1992.
- Three Ahrend products (the Ahrend 230 and Ahrend 2020 chairs and the Ahrend 500 table) have C2C certificates. This is unique in the European industry. 35% of Ahrend's turnover is generated by C2C products.
- In March 2011, Ahrend was rewarded with the Cradle-to-Cradle Company Award in Berlin. Ahrend was given this award for the excellent sustainability performance of its activities. Ahrend is the only furnishing company in the world to have won this award.
- Ahrend is greatly reducing its energy consumption through measures such as the Next Life scheme where chairs, cabinets and tables are returned to the company and fully renovated. This results in up to a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions.
- Ahrend is also helping to reduce its customers' energy consumption through innovative furnishing advice. For example, fewer square meters of office area means less wall, ceiling and floor surface, less furniture, lighting, energy and fewer facility services (such as cleaning). This will bring structural long-term savings on facilities and environmental costs (CO2): ? 3,450 per workspace and an annual reduction of CO2 emissions of 650 kg per workspace.
- Ahrend has used green energy only since 2008. All lease cars are CO2 compensated, as is the mailing of letters.
- Ahrend applies the latest CSR standard, ISO 26000. Ahrend has also made a substantial contribution to achieving this standard, which was published in November 2010. Ahrend immediately started implementing these guidelines in 2011, resulting in the first ISO 26000 self-declaration (http://www.nen.nl/web/Publicatieplatform.htm ) in 2011.
These concrete results show that Ahrend is continuing to lead the way in corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the widest sense. This award further confirms Ahrend's leading position, both in the Netherlands and internationally.
About Cradle to Cradle
German chemist Dr Michael Braungart and American architect William McDonough are the founders of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. This philosophy is based on the concept that, ideally, no waste is created in industrial production and that product cycles are entirely closed. Products and materials must either be digested in the biosphere or get a useful next life in the techno sphere. The Cradle to Cradle philosophy is the leading principle when designing new Ahrend products. Materials and parts can be recycled, while the use of substances such as glue, chrome, toxic substances and liquid paints is avoided. By now, more than one third of Ahrend's turnover is generated by C2C products.