Sustainability
& Social Responsibility

A letter from Scott,

Chief Sales and Sustainability Officer

Advancing sustainability has always been a cultural imperative within our company, supported at both an individual and corporate level. The challenge moving forward is to find the opportunities, choose the right initiatives, and to not just push the narrative, but also the reality of sustainability forward. Our priorities as a manufacturer are to minimize the environmental impact of our activities, and to provide educational outreach to advance sustainability for our industry. Culturally we are hardwired to flex and collaborate. We respond to clients’ needs and vision, and balance those against third-party auditing and certification programs. We carefully survey new and emerging standards to understand their relevance in helping advance sustainability. We don’t chase certifications. We use our standards to support our clients’ goals, objectives and expectations. Most importantly, we are then able to challenge our thinking and broaden our understanding and perspective. By doing this we often go further. You will see examples in our report where employee initiatives have taken us beyond what is prescribed by our corporate goals and certification guidelines. We have the privilege of working with some of the most innovative companies in the world. Their vision for the future of work combined with our capabilities and knowledge has driven us to make things that set a precedent for a better way forward. We have come far but there is still much work to be done. I look forward to doing that work alongside every employee in this outstanding company.

Yours truly,

Scott

GOING BEYOND WHAT IS EXPECTED

Most of our environmental impacts relate to the design and manufacture of our products – the materials we use, how products are designed, made and transported, and how they perform in our customers’ spaces. Eighty percent of our component parts are manufactured in-house. This affords us unprecedented control of our manufacturing process, enabling us to challenge the status quo and go well beyond the minimum requirements for third-party certification. We’ve chosen the following Foundation Programs because we can use them as tools to push us further and go beyond what is expected.

They include:

  • ISO 14001: Environmental Management System to reduce environmental impact
  • DfE: 11 Design for Environment guidelines addressing a product’s entire life at the design stage
  • FSC: Preserving forests
  • GREENGUARD: Improving indoor air quality
  • BIFMA e3 Level: Reducing environmental and social impacts of furniture within the built environment
  • SCS Global Services: Leadership in environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards
  • LEED: Reducing environmental impact within the built environment

OUR OTHER CORE PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

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CREATING GREAT PLACES TO WORK FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE

We continue to maintain and promote safe and healthy workplaces for our customers, ourselves and our suppliers. Our commitment extends to those suppliers who provide the 20 percent of product not made in-house, as we hold them to the same standards we hold ourselves. Through enforcement of these universal standards, we are able to create products that are healthy and safe for our customers in facilities that are healthy and safe for our employees and suppliers. Our commitment is demonstrated in the following Foundation Programs:

  • Supplier Code of Ethics: Ensuring universal labor practices and human rights standards
  • Multi-Tiered Safety Monitoring and Improvement: Peer-to-peer auditing in facilities worldwide
  • Employee Fitness: Increasing health and happiness through wellness programs company-wide
  • Teknion Fit Program: Ergonomic principles to fit user and task to product

Building upon these core initiatives, we continue to evolve and refine our efforts to meet new challenges and stakeholder needs as we expand our reach on a worldwide scale.

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FROM AN ETHOS OF COMPLIANCE TO ONE OF CONTRIBUTION

Cultivating an environment that recognizes the vast skills, knowledge, perspectives and cultural contributions different people bring to our company is key to our success. Our Foundation Programs are structured to move us beyond inclusivity and proportional representation via government-mandated programs to creating an actual sense of place for every employee. Historically this has included a celebration of diversity and a focus on continuing education and professional development.

Moving forward, we are further weaving inclusivity and diversity into the tapestry of our organization by closing the gap between potential and ability through education and training programs that outreach to marginalized or under-represented groups of people. This includes:

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STUDENTS FIRST, TEACHERS SECOND

One of our sustainability priorities is to strengthen the industry and communities in which we work and live. Working with our stakeholders, employees, customers and suppliers, we find opportunities to share our knowledge to advance us all. Our Foundation Programs:

  • Learning Seminars: Platforms for designers to share ideas and collaborate on emerging trends for the built environment
  • Employee Feedback programs: Encouraging entrepreneurial thinking
  • Lean Excellence: Increasing employee satisfaction and ownership of their work
  • Tek U: Ongoing employee training to advance each employee’s personal and professional development
  • CEUs: Furthering knowledge within our industry
  • Work-Life Balance Initiatives: Promoting employee happiness and well-being
  • Community Outreach: Through alignment with local charities of our employees’ choosing we positively impact the places where we live and work
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Organizations We Support

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • ANEW
  • Animal Orphanage of New Jersey
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Baycrest Home for the Aged
  • Battered Women in Dade County
  • California Waterfowl
  • Cameron Diamond Foundation
  • Cancer Support Community
  • Cathedral Kitchen
  • Cétal
  • Chicago Women’s Health Center
  • Children’s Wish Foundation
  • CitiWide Harm Reduction
  • Clayton North Carolina Fire Department
  • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada
  • Design Exchange
  • Destination Foundation
  • Evergreen Brick Works
  • Florida International University
  • Fondation de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis
  • Fondation de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montmagny
  • Fondation du CHU de Québec
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple
  • Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute
  • Gigi’s House
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital
  • Juggerknot Theatre Company
  • Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Miami Art Museum Miami Children’s Hospital
  • Mount Royal College of Art & Design
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital
  • March of Dimes
  • MS Foundation
  • National Building Museum
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, School of Design
  • Ontario College of Art & Design
  • Petchitecture
  • Philanthropy by Design
  • Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Public Architecture
  • Red Cross
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Ryerson University
  • Salvation Army
  • San Francisco Food Bank
  • Seneca College
  • The Firehouse Community Arts Center
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way/Centraide
  • University Health Network
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Toronto
  • Vallabh Niketan Ashram
  • World Vision
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • York University
  • Youth Inc.