UN Global Compact expells Humanscale, Estel

American contract furniture and accessories manufacturer Humanscale and Italian furniture maker Estel have been removed as a member from the United Nations Global Compact initiative. More than 3,000 companies have been expelled. The official reason for the removal is ‘failure to communicate progress’, meaning that no information was provided about the implementation of the 10 […] Read more

Shape, Share, Stimulate

Dutch multinationals Heineken, KLM, Shell, Philips, Unilever, Akzo Nobel, DSM and FrieslandCampina have founded the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC). Ernst&Young are facilitating and the Dutch association of entrepreneurs and employers (VNO-NCW) is supporting the initiative. Purpose of the DSGC is to actively contribute to a more sustainable world. The participating multinationals are convinced that […] Read more

The world's first LEED Platinum automotive plant: VW

Early last year Volkswagen VW opened its first US-based production facility in Chattanooga, TN. Now fully operational, the building was recently awarded LEED Platinum, making it the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive such certification. Sited on what used to be a brownfield site used to create military products – […] Read more

Girsberger invests in sustainability

Swiss office furniture manufacturer Girsberger has further increased its sustainability profile by investing in solar panels. The roof of their production location in Endingen, Switzerland, is now covered with solar panels. The installation will provide about 50% of Girsberger’s electricity needs. In line with its corporate policy, Girsberger has awarded the contract to a European […] Read more

A very salvaged office

We remember a time when furnishings made from salvaged materials were considered too avant-garde for mainstream businesses, but international ad agency Digitas proves that era is all in the past with their funky new Chicago headquarters. The company commissioned Torchia Architects to turn wooden pallets, a shipping container, and other salvaged materials into an inspiring […] Read more

Europe's first LEED Platinum building

Vestas Wind Power Systems has recently moved into their new headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark, which will also soon have the honor of being Europe’s first LEED Platinum certified building. Designed by Arkitema Architects, the ‘House of Vestas’ will join an elite list of approximately 150 commercial buildings in the world which have also accomplished this […] Read more

Actiu's LEED Gold in video

We reported on Spanish office furniture manufacturer Actiu receiving LEED Gold recognition for their technological park two weeks ago. Actiu now have published a cool video about this achievement, as well as two videos (in Spanish) about the people involved and the event they held to celebrate this milestone. You can watch it here or […] Read more

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