Since 1942, the natural material rattan has been the cornerstone of Sika-Design. Our mission is to produce furniture from materials that have the least possible impact on the environment, and that our customers can, and want to keep, for many years. Sustainability is therefore woven into our DNA, and green transitioning has become a fixed focal point at Sika-Design.
Consideration for the environment affects which items are put into production, our choice of materials, how they are processed, and how the furniture is packaged and transported. Collections and products have been retired when we have felt that we could not meet our new sustainability standard.
We have always been dedicated to these ideals and have worked systematically with them since 2013. Therefore, together with our sister company, we were the first furniture companies in Denmark to obtain an ISO14001 certification.
Our highest priority is to manufacture quality furniture that can last for generations and eliminate the need for frequent replacements. Because of this philosophy, the materials that we use in the production of every item are required to be durable and strong.
We focus on ensuring that the materials we use are recyclable, and that the furniture we produce can be taken apart after use and sorted into clean recyclable materials.
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We produce all our furniture in Indonesia. We do this because 80% of the world's rattan resources grow in the Indonesian rainforest, and we therefore have the closest possible access to the best raw materials.
The Indonesians are skilled craftsmen and have a unique history and long tradition of weaving beautiful, detailed rattan furniture. Today, both our rattan and aluminum furniture are made by hand using traditional methods and simple tools.
We try hard to avoid any waste in our production. We do so because it makes sense, but also because it is an inevitable part of Indonesian culture. Our Indonesian partners have always taken great pride in recycling every possible scrap or residue from the production.
Our factory, and our partner factories, are regularly audited. For all facilities, we have the same demands: they must be run in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We do not utilize or partner with factories that cannot meet this standard.
We distribute our furniture from the warehouse in Denmark to our European markets by truck. For our large export markets such as Australia, South Africa, South America and the USA, we ship directly by ship from Indonesia to the individual markets. This way we avoid additional transportation to and from Denmark. By shipping direct, we are able to reduce transport time as well as our carbon footprint.
Our Indonesian partners are incredibly creative in terms of how a container can be packed, and there is absolutely no wasted space. Many of our dining table chairs are stackable and can be packed very space-efficiently. Few items are in cardboard boxes. The boxes are adapted to fit the individual piece of furniture in order to save space and material.
For packaging, we mainly use cardboard, paper and plastic. All of which can be recycled after use. We continuously improve our packaging in a more environmentally friendly direction. This has, among other things, led us to us to replace flamingo with cellular cardboard. However, our primary focus is to ensure a high-quality packaging to avoid any transport damage and thus double the transport.
In 2012 we were the first furniture company in Denmark along side with our sister Company Cane-Line to achieve an ISO14001 certification and a SA8000 certification (now replaced by SMETA). The green transition is a continuous process in our company. We work towards achieving a CO2-neutral head office in 2024.
With our ISO14001 certification, we have committed ourselves to a sustainable and responsible environmental policy, and an ongoing promise to develop and improve our conditions. In this process, we involve employees from administration, production and the warehouse via workshops and joint meetings.
For many years, we have worked consistently on reducing our energy consumption. In 2013, we halved our consumption, and have managed to maintain the level ever since. As part of this, we heat up our offices with excess heat from the production facilities of a company next door.
We have worked with meticulous waste sorting for more than 10 years now. Something that fortunately is a reality for everyone today. The majority of our waste is cardboard, plastic and metal. This can all be recycled, so we find waste sorting to be a very welcome development.
At our headquarters, our staff consists of a wonderful mix of full-time employees, part-time employees, people with reduced work capacity, and interns. It has always been important for us to take a social responsibility and contribute to people's development. This includes upskilling, job clarification and part-time employment. This benefits both the society, the individual employee, and our workplace.
We are proudly SMETA-certified and have worked systematically with social responsibility since 2013. This focus includes, among other things, the safety and health of our employees. This has led to a number of improvements such as a clear marking of the work areas of the machines in our warehouse, more ventilation in our production areas and training of employee representatives in ergonomic working positions.
A SMETA certification does not as such have an expiry date. However, we have chosen to be re-certified every two years to ensure the high quality of our working environment and stay updated on possible improvements. Our certification also sets requirements for our production in Indonesia and Lithuania who are also obliged to ensure proper working conditions.
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We are a part of the UN Global Compact. This is a voluntary commitment to implement universal sustainability initiatives based on 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
Sika-Design is certified ISO 14001:2015 by DNV-GL. This international standard sets a framework for us to continuously protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs.
Sika-Design is audited by DNV-GL: SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). This is the world’s most commonly used ethical audit format and helps us on a continuous basis to ensure labor standards, health and safety for the employees in our supply chain.
As a manufacturer of furniture, we believe that our greatest impact comes from addressing UN Sustainable Development goals no. 8 and 12. By working systematically with ensuring a responsible consumption and production we work towards a better future.