Sustainability has become a buzzword used by many companies in their marketing and communication. For ege, it’s about assuming responsibility and giving respect – but this is not just something we say. It’s something we do. We therefore decided to endorse the Global Compact – the UN guidelines for working for a higher degree of sustainability. The Global Compact consists of 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.
The environment and the footprints we pass on to future generations are both important issues in relation to our CSR initiatives. Since 2009 we have therefore produced a report on our carbon footprint, which includes an overview of our
greenhouse gas emissions.
We set ourselves new targets each year. We have already achieved fine results, thanks to intensive environmental efforts.
As a responsible manufacturer, we are of course subject to a variety of business management regulations. However, at ege, we still regard certification as our taking legal requirements, regulations and obligations to a higher level.
We do our utmost to meet our own ambitions to improve sustainability within the company.
By also qualifying for a large number of certifications to which other companies cannot yet aspire, we wish to be a role model for other companies – and thus ensure that we are always at the leading edge of the carpet industry.
CSR standard DS 49001 is an excellent example. ege is the only carpet manufacturer world wide to have been awarded this certificate.
"Responsibility and respect have been part and parcel of many of the CSR activities we have introduced at ege. We have a new CSR policy, guidelines, environmental labels, etc. We have
ambitious goals and we work consistently towards their realisation. There’s no doubt in our minds: We know we are on the right track – and we will succeed."
Svend Aage Færch Nielsen, CEO at ege
When a company wishes to make a difference in the environmental sphere, it’s largely a matter of doing things that other companies do not. Therefore, we have worked hard to meet stringent EMAS requirements, for which we registered voluntarily in 1996. EMAS is an EU scheme. We are still the only EMAS-certified carpet manufacturer in the world. We have every reason to be proud of this fact.
EMAS goes one step further than ISO 14001. EMAS certification hones the requirements every single year thus ensuring that our environmental initiatives continuously improve. When you do business with ege, EMAS also brings benefits to your company and the world around us.
ege is one of only a handful of carpet manufacturers that have been awarded Cradle to CradleTM certificates. Therefore, ege can market carpets that are manufactured under conditions, in which precious materials remain in a regenerative cycle. Our products are guaranteed to generate minimal pollution, spillage and waste.
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