An awesome survival strategy
Sustainability is more than environmental and ecological mumbo-jumbo to us. It is the essence of The Dream Company. The Dream Company is our promise of a sustainable world for ALL. It means that everything we do must be sustainable so that we can continue to live on this planet. We need to rethink the way we live, consume, produce and do business. That is why we see sustainability as an awesome survival strategy. Our strategy is in line with the UN Global Goals and encompasses the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental dimensions.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, at every level, in every area. When it comes to people, investments, production, product development, supply chains, marketing and sales - we are committed to sustainability.
Environmentally friendly production provides a better basis for future environmental standards set by the authorities. This is an ongoing effort for us at Scapa as we strive to be at the forefront of meeting and exceeding customer and regulatory requirements. Our ecolabels can be seen as a guide to environmental improvement within the business, a clear demonstration of our commitment and sustainability work.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel
When a piece of furniture is labelled with The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, you know it has been checked for environmental and quality aspects. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel shows how the company reduces emissions, resource consumption and waste.
There are requirements for both the finished furniture and all its components, e.g. stringent chemical requirements not only for the finished furniture but for the entire manufacturing process.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel clarifies which environmental impacts are the most important throughout the life cycle of the furniture.
Key environmental aspects:
- Sustainable production of raw materials - renewable, recycled and reused
- Protecting habitats, such as forests, important for biodiversity and climate
- Reducing energy consumption and climate impact (emissions)
- Chemical requirements
- Health aspects - no CMR substances
- Quality, sustainability and durability
Labelling a piece of furniture with The Nordic Swan Ecolabel
The process and application is done for every single product
Different material requirements
The environmental impacts that are most relevant for each material define the respective requirements, which means that there are different requirements for different materials. For fabric, the presence of chemicals and the discharge into water are important factors; for wood-based boards such as MDF and plywood, the origin and traceability of the raw wood material is important, as well as the energy consumption during production.
Increasingly strict requirements
The requirements are continuously updated and made more stringent to ensure a sustainable development. Environmentally friendly production provides a better starting point for future environmental requirements imposed by the authorities. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel can be seen as a guide for environmental improvements in the business. It includes not only environmental requirements but also quality requirements, as environment and quality often go hand in hand. This means that The Nordic Swan Ecolabel can also be seen as a quality label.
What is The Nordic Swan Ecolabel?
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel aims to reduce the environmental impact of the production and consumption of goods. It makes it easy for consumers and professional buyers to choose the best goods and services from an environmental point of view.
The Swedish government has given Miljömärkning Sverige AB the overall responsibility for The Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Flower (EU Ecolabel) eco-labels in Sweden. The company is 100% owned by the government. The business has no financial profit purpose and is financed partly through a fee from the companies that have licences and partly through a state subsidy.
Beds by Scapa is certified in accordance to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, product class II for mattress pads and reversible mattresses with and without spring system.
Most of our upholstery fabrics in use are OEKO-TEX® certified, but not all fabrics meet the requirements for Product Class I and II.
What is OEKO-TEX?
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a global, uniform and independent testing and certification system for textiles. A STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification means that the product meets high product safety and ecological standards, i.e. does not contain chemicals in levels that are harmful for human health.
To ensure that the criteria are relevant for the different types of products, there are four different product classes based on the intended use of the certified product:
Product class I - Products for babies and children up to 3 years
Product class II - Products that come into direct contact with the skin to a large extent
Product class III - Products that have no or minimal contact with the skin
Product class IV - Initial products and accessories used for furnishing purposes
Working with The Nordic Swan Ecolabel certification of our products, we ensure that all wood and wood-based materials originate from controlled and certified forestry.
Scapa Baltic is chain of custody (CoC) certified according to FSC MIX. This means that the wood raw material can be traced from the end product through production all the way back to the place where the trees were grown.
What is FSC?
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and is an international, non-governmental membership organisation that promotes the environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable management of the world's forests through its FSC certification system.
Certified companies follow the FSC rules (standards) for forest management and supply chain integrity. Certificate holders are allowed to label their products with the FSC trademark. The FSC label allows consumers and businesses to choose wood products that come from responsibly managed forests that meet high environmental, social and economic standards.
Forests are essential to our survival and well-being. They supply us with clean water, they clean our air, and they help slow down global warming. Forests benefit us with food, medicine, and important natural resources such as timber and paper. Responsible forest management ensures that forests can continue to provide these benefits in the long term.
Our goals are clear
We want to know where we stand and what we need to do to contribute to a sustainable world. Thus, we have set Science Based Targets.
Science Based Targets is a method for companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets that are in line with the Paris Agreement. Scapa has prepared an emission inventory across its value chain. Based on that inventory, we have validated our targets to find out to which extent we need to reduce our emissions. All with the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C
Through the Science Based Targets Initiative, Scapa commits to the following goals:
To reduce Scope 1* greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and to reduce Scope 3** greenhouse gas emissions by 58% by 2030 (2018 serves as the baseline year for both targets). Scapa also commits to continue sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources up to 2030.
* Scope 1 emissions are direct greenhouse (GHG) emissions that occur from sources that are controlled or owned. In our case, this is the Scapa vehicle fleet.
** Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions (not already included in Scope 2) that occur in the Scapa value chain, including both upstream and downstream emissions.
The Science Based Targets initiative
The SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), We Mean Business and the UN Global Compact. It was launched in 2015 in the context of the Paris Agreement.
Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Targets are considered ‘science-based’ if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, pursuing efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
For your SBT to be approved, Scopes 1 and 2 must be fully included. If Scope 3 emissions represent 40% or more of the total emissions (Scope 1, 2 & 3), the company must also set a Scope 3 target. To set a Scope 3 target, 2/3 or more of the emissions must be included in Scope 3.
What are Scope 1, 2, and 3?
Kristian Rönn, founder and CEO of Normative: "We need to realise that climate change is a solvable problem. Science states that we must work together to limit the temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5°C to reduce the risks of climate change. We can achieve this goal if more companies show the same level of responsibility and commitment that Scapa is showing."
Scapa has worked with Normative to determine its direct and indirect emissions across the value chain.