Interview with CEO Bernard Thiers
"Today 85% of our chipboard is recycled wood. Yes, I am proud of that. Twenty years ago the percentage was zero."Sustainable business is on the up, which is good news. Sustainability has been part of the UNILIN DNA for decades. It is more than a green sticker. It is about safety in the workplace, low energy consumption, reducing CO2 emissions and a minimum impact on the environment. "Today 85% of our chipboard is recycled wood and the amount of recycled wood will only increase in coming years. Yes, I'm proud of that. Twenty years ago the percentage was zero."
"No matter how beautiful a new product is, if it is not sustainable, it will be discarded."New technologies and recycling techniques keep raising the bar. In product design, for example, sustainability is a crucial factor in both the choice of raw materials and the finish." If a new product is not recyclable, it will be discarded, no matter how beautiful and promising the design may be." The CEO is clear: an UNILIN product must have a positive impact on the consumer's environment.
We have set some important goals for 2020.UNILIN is one of the few companies with a CSO, Chief Sustainability Officer. He determines the sustainability strategy and provides its concrete implementation. This means that sustainability is not just the work of a few enthusiastic employees. It is part of a structured business policy permeating the entire company. It is no coincidence that the CSO reports directly to the CEO.
Unilin is strengthening its long-term anchoring in Wallonia and its confidence in the development and continued presence of its business and its employees in Vielsalm. A new, innovative laminate flooring production line will be operational in the fall of 2021 and will create a dozen new jobs.Read more