PATRICK FORGET IS TEKNION'S MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MANUFACTURING. Based in Malaysia, he is responsible for overseeing all manufacturing of Teknion product outside of North America. Patrick helps multi-national companies’ global facilities management teams furnish their offices all around the world. Patrick observes, “Yes, there can be lower environmental standards in emerging markets, so this is a tremendous opportunity to make our standards universal, to lead the way.”
“Whether our clients’ employees are sitting in New York, Mumbai or Hong Kong, they all have the same right to a healthy and productive environment,” Arnie Rusinek, VP International Operations, adds, “and our clients want to partner with manufacturers with the same beliefs.”
Teknion sets its manufacturing benchmarks based on the needs of the people who use its product and doesn’t compromise based on their location.
“Whether our clients' employees are sitting in New York, Mumbai or Hong Kong, they all have the same right to a healthy and productive environment.”
- Arnie Rusinek, Teknion VP Internal Operations
Teknion chose iso 14001 and greenguard as its worldwide benchmarks. These programs determine the standards of every product it makes, whether in Canada or Malaysia.
Patrick explains. “We’re committed to leading certification and to sharing our universal standards with emerging markets,” he explains. “We’ve recently developed geo-specific products [products that are specific to only one country] that will still be greenguard certified and made in our iso 14001 facility.”
Perspective gained : In a recent Washington Post article, Sebastian Mallaby writes, “For most of the past generation, regulators have forced environmental rules on grumbling corporations... The next stage may be for companies not merely to outpace government but to pull government along.” Company-driven standards confirm that it’s about doing what’s right, not what’s legislated.