At Skagerak, quality and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. For we see it as important that our designs are both beautiful and of a high quality as well as that they have come into being with sustainability taken into account. Under the motto ‘Design for generations’, the concepts of quality and sustainability thus form the framework for our CSR work (Corporate Social Responsibility), with point of departure in three key areas: Design, Production and Use. It is within these areas we see that we have the greatest influence on the challenges facing society.
Design has to do with efficient and responsible use of resources for our designs. This basically means that we consider many more elements that just design being good to look at and of high quality. When, for example, our R&D department assess a potential new design, it is not exclusively a question of angles, heights and expressions. They also find out if the design can be more expedientally produced with small adjustments here and there. As we see it, to be painstaking also means taking on responsibility. That we are painstaking means that we take the steps that are necessary to do things right and assume a real responsibility rather than just write fine words on our website.
Next we have Production, which has to do with efficient and responsible production of our designs. In brief, this means that we are committed to our designs being realised in a way that we can vouch for. Our quality and purchasing department, for example, has an on-going dialogue with suppliers and NGOs to ensure that our Code of Conduct (CoC) is met and we can document the development that we are helping to create far away from our everyday lives in Denmark. Our CoC, which all our suppliers are obliged to sign, contains a number of standards that they have to live up to if they are to cooperate with us.
Use has to do with least possible environmental impact of our designs. Quite simply, it means that our designs are realised by taking into account that the environment should not be negatively affected by Skagerak designs in peoples' homes and gardens the world over – neither on the day that they need to be replaced. For example, as a consumer you do not have to worry if our garden furniture release substances that can be absorbed by the lawn, or if our cutting board is approved for food. We have taken a stance on such things before our designs get to the shops, so the only thing you must think about is to enjoy your Skagerak design to the full.
Read our recent UN Global Compact Communication on Progress (CoP) report here.