DIE ZIELE FÜR NACHHALTIGE ENTWICKLUNG (SDGs) DER VEREINTEN NATIONEN (UN)
The SDG’s are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
Investing in sustainable and responsible practices is morally right as well as good business. We support the UN's SDGs and use them to guide the integration of sustainable policies into our business strategy and cultural mindset. Along with our partners and suppliers, we are committed to working with SDGs 8, 12 and 17, which is where our business can make the biggest difference to people and the environment.
GOAL 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
To promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Decent work means opportunities for everyone to get work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration.
At ferm LIVING, we contribute to positive change by providing decent jobs and working conditions. Through our Code of Conduct and certifications such as BSCI, we are a proactive partner in ensuring that the rights of workers in our supply chain are upheld.
GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Sustainable consumption and production are about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles. Sustainable consumption and production refer to "the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimising the use of natural resources and toxic materials, as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product, so as not to jeopardise the needs of future generations".
At ferm LIVING, we design to create products that last both in terms of function and aesthetics. For us, this means high-quality designs that are produced with responsible materials and with an aesthetic appeal that can last the test of time.
In close collaboration with our suppliers, we work within a framework of practices, and continually develop and improve all phases of our supply chain. Through rigorous quality testing and numerous certifications, we ensure materials and final products are of a consistently high standard.
We aim to manufacture just the right number of products, and never burn or destroy unsold items. We hold an annual, private stock sale where leftover or unsold items are donated to NGOs such as the Red Cross, which is our main charity that we donate to, and donate a fixed amount per company employee on an annual basis.
We embrace the challenge of making increasingly sustainable choices during the design phase, guided by our list of Responsibility Criteria. Our commitment extends to selecting responsible materials and designing for disassembly, adopting a cradle-to-grave approach for all new products. This ensures ease of recycling for our customers if and when they decide to discontinue product usage, promoting longevity and a circular mindset.
GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
This goal seeks to revitalize and enhance the global partnership for sustainable development through intensive and systematic engagement of governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system, and other actors in the implementation of the other sixteen SDGs. We have a long-term partnership with the Red Cross, where we annually donate a fixed amount per employee. We will continue to support their work in providing shelter, essential supplies, healthcare and financial aid to those who need it the most.
At ferm LIVING, we have a holistic and humble approach to working with sustainability. Recognizing that perfection is unattainable and acknowledging our limitations in various domains, we prioritize forging long-term partnerships with specialists in their respective fields. Through these collaborative efforts, we continuously learn and progress, ensuring that we constantly improve our responsible practices and move forward on our journey towards greater sustainability.