CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
What we do - Environment, Health & wellness and Social responsibility
We are part of the WWF plastic campaign
Black Jaguar Foundation
The art of making a difference
Aluminium can be recycled forever
Bamboo line - your sustainable choice
Innovation must become a way of life
Going paperless is better for our environment
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WE CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH – It is a statement reflecting our commitment to the wellbeing of our people and our planet. Management Board Chairman Johan de Weerd demonstrates dedication in everything he does. He divides his time and attention between his family, the company and his role as ambassador for Actiforce Green Projects.
“I’m proud to be the Chairman
of the Management Board of a company where employees genuinely embrace the company’s founding values of honesty, transparency and creativity. These remain embedded in Actiforce’s DNA.
Johan de Weerd, Chairman
We live in an ever-changing and dynamic world in which the possibilities of technology and communications keep growing on one hand and the availability of raw materials and a healthy environment come under increasing pressure on the other. This makes conducting sustainable manufacturing a precondition and requires that people and resources be utilized effectively. We feel responsible for how we treat our planet and how we pass it on to future generations. This drives us to go the extra mile to be as sustainable as possible in everything we do.
Our company would not exist without them, our colleagues at Actiforce. Their ideas, their dedication and talent drive this company forward day after day. They stand at the inception of every development and innovation. At Actiforce we support the importance of equal rights. We want our people to feel safe at work and we want to create a healthy workplace.
Not only our product and its parts and materials have to be ecologically responsible, the production process, transport, and packaging all have to contribute to a cleaner, more circular world.
WE DESIGN, PRODUCE & DELIVER SUSTAINABLE OFFICE FURNITURE THAT ENHANCE WELLBEING CSR Report - 5
Actiforce’s manufacturing processes practice the following: - No chemicals or hazardous materials are discharged to the ground - No hazardous chemicals or gases are emitted into the air - Scrap metal (aluminium and steel) and plastic are recycled and reused - Biodegradable (scrap) cardboard boxes and packaging materials are recycled for reuse
We develop processes that minimise the use of greenhouse gases (GHGs), conserve energy and prevent contamination of natural resources
We process raw materials into products with minimal negative impact on the ground and environment
We maintain a non-hazardous environment for employees and consumers.
Contingency plans are in place for disasters such as an earthquake, flood or fire that may affect the building. At least two operational sites are maintained to cope with natural disasters
All manufacturing processes have backup lines supported by more than one raw material supplier
We support the importance of equal rights to employment regardless of what gender, ethnicity or religion
We are aware of- and respect the requirements for separating, recycling and disposing of waste
When products are returned to us, we guarantee the proper recycling of the materials wherever possible
All steps in production are planned and organised with full consideration for health and safety concerns
We monitor the use of resources in production and keep setting new goals for optimization
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WE ARE PART OF THE WWF PLASTIC CAMPAIGN. #FREETHESEA.
WWF WITH OUR HELP Since January 2020, Actiforce is a proud WWF business supporter. We support a project called “Free the sea”. With the help of business supporters, WWF wants to stop the enormous plastic flow to the seas. Starting in the Coral Triangle, the global centre of marine biodiversity. With our help, they can send veterinarians to this area to safe the sea animals, they can install systems in the rivers that catch all the plastic and prevent it to end up in the seas. They even take plastic out of the sea with boats. Because many people in the Coral Triangle don’t have access to a waste disposal service, WWF and the local authorities started two waste disposal services. Here the waste can be sorted out and be recycled.
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BJF We are a proud supporter of the Black Jaguar Foundation, an organisation that diligently fights for the restoration and conservation of the Cerrado savannah and the Amazon rainforest. One of the Black Jaguar Foundation projects focuses on realising the reforestation of the Araguaia passage. This is a 2,600 kilometre passage that connects the Cerrado savannah with the Amazon rainforest and ensures that biodiversity is maintained and potentially improved in these regions. We support the Black Jaguar Foundation because we value and respect all forms of life and are convinced that everything possible must be done to save the ‘world’s lungs’. It is, after all, vital that this region can continue to provide us with oxygen, fresh water and medicinal plants.
BLACK JAGUAR FOUNDATION
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THE ART OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE
PLANTED THE FIRST TREE As for the Cerrado savanna, more than 80% of its original pristine habitat has already been deforested for agricultural purposes. The Coridor connects the remaining 20% of ‘natural habitat pockets’ with each other. It will save thousands of species and bring forth a massive reforestation project, converting agricultural land back to the original state of the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna. Johan de Weerd, ambassador of our green projects, went to Brazil and planted the first tree out of hundreds millions of indigenous trees that will be replanted, which will have a positive and permanent effect on each of us and all future generations. WE CARE.
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ALUFORCE OUR ALUMINIUM LINE The last 15 years, we mainly used aluminium to produce our height adjustable table frames. A luminium is low in weight and high in strength. Aluminium is the metal for the future. Since 1888, 73% of all aluminium globally produced, is still in use. Aluminium can be recycled forever: It can be melted down and reformed without losing any quality, and the process can be repeated over and over again. Recycling 1 tonne of aluminium saves 9 tonnes of CO2 emissions and the process is quick; an aluminium can you throw in the bin can be back on the shelf in 6 weeks. Aluminium is durable due to its long lifespan. Aluminium is especially durable in end-use. In this way aluminium lasts for decades and the cut off value of aluminium’s lifespan in the construction sector is 60 years. The required energy in combination with the long life span is what makes aluminium durable.
ALUMINIUM CAN BE RECYCLED FOREVER
ALUFORCE – your green metal alternative.
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BAMBOO LINE YOUR SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
As part of our Green Projects and our wish to take more responsibility for our planet, we have created a line of eco-friendly alternatives in bamboo material instead of plastic. Plastic has had a dramatic impact on our lives. For decades it was a material we took for granted. We threw it away, we produced more and we used more. From its ubiquity and many valued uses through to the resulting mass of the stuff now floating in the world’s Oceans, we have lived through many years full of plastic. Bamboo is also a material that can offer many of the same properties as plastic. It is durable, versatile and strong.
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ELEMENTS Innovation must become a way of life if we want to stop depleting raw materials. It is time to stop wasting resources and start recycling materials. This is why innovation is the driving force behind the creation of the Elements format. Our innovative and award-winning Elements desks contain 30% less wood and 10% less steel than traditional height adjustable desks.
INNOVATION MUST BECOME A WAY OF LIFE
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GOING PAPERLESS IS BETTER FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
LESS USE OF PAPER As part of our thrive to improve our impact on the environment, we will phase out physical paper manuals and instead implement online manuals in 2021. This will save a huge amount of paper and at the same time will always ensure that you got easy access to the information needed. Reducing the usage of paper helps to prevent trees from being cut down and eliminates the energy that is used to convert a tree into a piece of white printing paper. Using less paper also helps to reduce the amount of waste.
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