To be able to prioritise between important corporate social responsibilities issues, Kebony engages in dialogue with key stakeholders. The company regards customers, employees, suppliers, the authorities, creditors, shareholders and society at large as its stakeholders. In this connection, a stakeholder is anybody who is either strongly affected by the company’s operations or can strongly affect the company’s operations.
As part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, Kebony has chosen to support and participate in a number of initiatives;
The United Nations Global Compact is based on ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The Global Compact is a global network comprising businesses, governments, labour organisations, civil society organisations and the UN. The initiative aims to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the parties in the network to promote a sustainable and inclusive global economy.
Kebony is FSC®-certified. Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) works to improve forest management worldwide, and through certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices. FSC® provides a connection between the forest and the end user, ensuring that products with the FSC® label uphold principles and criteria which bring the highest social and environmental benefits and considerations.
PEFC is the world's largest forest certification organisation: with 2/3's of the worlds certified forest area, certified as being in conformance with PEFC standards. It aims to promote the sustainable management of forest through its third party, independent, certification scheme. The raw material for Kebony are taken from sustainably managed forests with large timber harvests.
All goods delivered by Kebony are Swan Eco-labelled. The Swan is the official Nordic Eco-label, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Swan Eco-label's vision is a sustainable society, in which future generations can benefit from the same conditions and opportunities as we ourselves do. An important step towards this vision is, with the help of eco-labelling, to help the consumers choose the most environmentally-friendly products. The Swan logo demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice.
Kebony is member of the Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC), an independent association for industry leaders in Norwegian construction and real estate. NGBC’s purpose is to increase the environmental standard of Norwegian construction by developing BREEAM-NOR in a manner that causes environmentally friendly buildings to be demanded and highly sought after.
Kebony has received the best assessment "A" in the Swedish web-based system SundaHus Environmental Data. The system is used by building owners, architects, consultants and contractors for managing material choices in buildings.
Carbon footprints of Ipê versus Kebony Clear: A comparative study
The results of this study show that the carbon footprint for average Brazilian Ipê is in the range of 7500-15000 kilograms per cubic meter, whilst the carbon footprint of Kebony Clear (SYP) is approximately 232 kilograms per cubic meter. Both figures include treatment and transportation to Northern Europe.
The carbon footprint from selective cutting of Ipê from the Brazilian rainforest the carbon footprint is in the order of 300 kg CO2/ m3 Ipê, including transportation and cutting into saleable product. However when the Ipê harvesting takes place through clear cutting of rainforest the carbon footprint rockets to approx 15,000 kg CO2/m3 Ipê. This is caused by selective cutting being sustainable in the sense that within a few years of cutting an almost equal amount of biomass grows to take its place. Clear cutting on the other hand entails a large loss of living biomass which is not replaced by new growth.
Southern Yellow Pine, SYP, is grown in managed forests in the US southeast. These forests have a net gain in biomass and from a carbon footprint point of view are sustainable, ie no emissions of greenhouse gases. However the subsequent transportation and modification of the wood has a carbon footprint which has been found to be 232 kgs CO2/m3 of SYP. Examination of sales records and known occurrences of Ipê indicates that the majority of Ipê for sale has clear cutting as its source.