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Transparency

We constantly strive to further underpin our commitment to the environment and to create operations that are sustainable in the long term, in order to benefit both present and future generations.

Environmental and quality declarations and certificates

We follow the industrial standard of the Swedish Flooring Trade Association (GBR) for environmental declarations, so that we can provide environmentally relevant information on our products. Every production unit at Kährs applies environmental and quality systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 and holds EMAS registration. Kährs is also by FSC® and PEFCTM.

EMAS — voluntary EU eco-management

EMAS is the EU's voluntary eco-management and audit scheme. EMAS aims to streamline and constantly improve environmental work at companies and organisations and to pass on reliable messages to the market concerning the results of environmental work, by means of audited and approved environmental reports and other forms of environmental communication in advertising and marketing. Kährs has been registered with EMAS since 1997.

Download the Kährs EMAS environmental report 2012 (pdf)

Kährs report has been audited and approved by DNV Certification AB in accordance with EMAS.
Download the approval document in Swedish (pdf) here

Last year's EMAS environmental report 2011 (pdf) is available for download.

ISO — the international environmental management system

ISO 14001 is the international environmental management system, while ISO 9001 is the international quality control system. Below are the quality and environmental accreditations relating to all Kährs plants.

Download the Kährs ISO 14001 certificate (pdf)
Download the Kährs ISO 9001 certificate (pdf)

Responsible forestry

FSC - The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit entity that supports environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests.

Kährs FSC-certificate.

PEFC - The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that, with forest managers and timber companies and their external certifiers to assure that the world's forests are managed sustainably for the benefit of future generations. Kährs received its PEFC certification at the end of 2013.

Download Kährs PEFC certificate.  Appendix certified sites.

The basis of our environmental policy is to:

• Contribute towards responsible forestry and facilitate the same.
• Reduce our environmental impact by constantly improving the ways in which we handle chemicals,   raw materials and energy.
• Develop and manufacture wood flooring on the basis of a lifecycle perspective, in accordance with
  conditions for sustainable development.
• Understand and comply with laws and other environmental requirements, applicable to the entire   supply chain.

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