Environmental, social, governance (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) matters impact the communities where Kährs operates. We have made a public commitment to incorporate these ethical principles into the way we behave locally and globally.
Our commitment to the environment starts with the selection of the best raw material. This is achieved with the support of our 3000+ timber suppliers who share in our commitments. We are dedicated to optimizing the use of raw material, in order to minimise waste and emissions to the environment. Nothing goes to waste. By pre-cutting the logs that we ship to our factory, we achieve more efficient packaging and use of space – keeping transportation to a minimum and reducing waste material. The parts of the logs that can't be used in the production of wood floors are converted to biofuel. Some is used to produce energy to heat the Kährs factory.
The rest is sold to a local energy company and used to heat the whole neighbourhood. We are, in fact, a major producer of energy – whilst we also strive to reduce the energy that we use. Even the ash from the heating plant is re-used for fertilizing purposes in local forestry operations. During the last few years, we have managed to reduce our use of raw material by some 25%, through our dedicated environmental work.
Kährs is working with local, national and global organizations to ensure the foreststock is sustainable for generations to come. In Sweden, the total forest volume is 60% larger today than it was in the 1920’s. Kährs is working with leading global programs, reforestation programs and leading environmental groups to support globally responsible forestry.
• Contribute towards responsible forestry and facilitate the same.
• Reduce our environmental impact by constantly improving the ways in which we handle chemicals, raw materials and energy.
• Develop and manufacture wood flooring on the basis of a lifecycle perspective, in accordance with
conditions for sustainable development.
• Understand and comply with laws and other environmental requirements, applicable to the entire supply chain.