Respect is about repaying in kind. When you trade with ege, your company is also helping to respect and care for the natural resources, people and communities which help create the conditions for ege’s carpet production, quality and design. Everyone of us should shoulder responsibility for the world around us. At ege, we believe it is right that we consistently strengthen our environmental and social endeavours – and thus also yours!
Our work with CSR covers a wide range of areas. First and foremost, however, CSR is about respect and responsibility. Respect is something you give. Responsibility is something you take.
January 2014, ege achieved CSR certification under the DS49001 standard, documenting that it complies with extensive international requirements in the CSR area.
”CSR is not just about things looking good on paper, but also concerns thinking about tomorrow and the Earth's resources. It concerns people and ethics, as well as the big - and the small - questions. When every company starts to think this way, things will really begin to change. We would like to be a pioneer in this field," says ege carpets' CEO, Svend Aage Færch Nielsen.
"We wanted to achieve DS49001 certification in order to make sure that we always remain on the right track. The standard ensures that we stay focused on the key areas, and that we continuously strive to become even better. For us, CSR is not a philanthropic exercise, separate from the rest of the company. CSR is part of our core business and our values," says Svend Aage Færch Nielsen, Chief Commercial Officer at ege.
DS49001 is a Danish version of the international ISO26000 standard, under which certification is not yet available. DS49001 certifies that the company works responsibly in the areas of:
At ege we never do anything half-hearted. We therefore decided to endorse the Global Compact – the UN guidelines for working for a higher degree of sustainability. The Global Compact consists of 10 principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
We strive consistently to help make our world more sustainable by improving our own endeavours to meet environmental, social and financial challenges in the hope that our descendants will inherit a better world.
To do this, we respect laws, regulations and certificates. However, we wish to take CSR to a higher level and are willing to find new ways of making production more sustainable – by focusing on recycling materials, cleaner manufacturing processes and alternative sources of energy.
It takes an open mind to let the entire world have a look
In ege’s CSR Report you will find information about our work at ege, ranging from new projects and initiatives to description of our goals and statement of our impact on environment and climate. The report shows what we are good at, and what we can become better at. We put all the cards on the table.
Download our CSR report
A push in the right direction
ege wishes to be a role model for other companies. The entire way we do business reflects that CSR is an important part of the way we think, develop, produce and sell carpets. However, we as a company can only be a responsible company, if the people we deal with also act responsible. We have therefore developed a Supplier Code of Conduct. An ethical set of guidelines our suppliers must sign to do business with ege.
Sustainability spreads from there
The Code of Conduct ensure, that our suppliers and their sub suppliers adhere to the same guidelines as we do – and it is at the same time a push in the right direction towards a more sustainable business model.