At FORTE, we want to conduct our production and commercial activities in a way that enables our company to grow in harmony with and respectful of every element of the natural environment.
That is why, in both making our day-to-day decisions on new projects or investments and in strategic undertakings, we always take the ecological aspect into account.
We are conscious of the protection of climate and biodiversity, and our commitments in this regard are included in the FORTE Environmental Policy.
We know how valuable natural resources are and how important it is to use them properly. That is why, we are implementing solutions in our factories that are consistent with the concept of a circular economy. We are currently focusing on closed-loop processes for wood waste, in which the waste generated is treated as raw material in subsequent production steps.
Since 2020, we have been using recycled raw materials to produce our board in the TANNE particle board factory, including wood waste from furniture manufacturing processes or damaged pallets, as well as sawmill residues. This type of approach minimises the use of natural resources. We are constantly developing technologies, which in the future, will let us use wood-based materials, such as old furniture, in the production process.
To make our operations even more efficient, we separate waste in our factories in much greater detail than is required by law. This enables us to recover and reuse the maximum amount of waste generated.
We constantly monitor the legality of wood harvesting and sourcing of wood products, and only use raw materials originating from sustainably managed forests that protect biodiversity.
We make sure that the raw materials we use are certified to be of the highest quality and ethically sourced.
We do not use wood or wood products that originate from natural forests, forests that are in danger of extinction or are illegally logged, forest plantations resulting from the conversion of natural forests, or from habitats of endangered species.
We are constantly improving our production processes in order to minimise the consumption of raw materials. We reuse process rejects, such as board and cardboard, to reduce the amount of waste generated.
We are also constantly striving to reduce transport emissions (particularly carbon dioxide).
To this end, we are improving logistics processes, which directly translates into the number of shipments sent.
We are constantly striving to make our packaging environmentally friendly.
In 2021, we reduced the use of polystyrene in new product packaging by 16.9%. By 2030, we plan to eliminate the use of polystyrene in the
packaging of all our products.
Our climate action includes partnerships with various organisations. In 2021, we participated in the second edition of Climate Leadership powered by the UN Environment programme organised by UNEP-GRID. During the programme, we worked on technological innovations that would lead to even better solutions for reducing waste, building a circular economy and aiming at the efficient and sustainable use of raw materials.
We also made commitments that we announced at the end of the second edition of the programme.
Our commitments are:
We know that in order to change the world, we need to act together. That is why we also try to foster sensitivity to our surroundings and a sense of responsibility for the environment in others. We undertake actions through which we want to shape the environmental awareness of various social groups.
We conduct training on waste separation and on compliance with the principles of a comprehensive system of selective collection of waste generated in individual plants, we organise cyclical competitions devoted to ecological issues and we involve our employees in nationwide campaigns promoting ecology, such as World Environment Day or FSC Friday.
In our company nursery schools, known as ‘Yellow Elephants’, we organise educational and ecological activities; children learn to grow and take care of plants in a mini-greenhouse located next to the nursery school; the facility’s menu contains healthy products only.
Suppliers and collaborators
We choose to work with responsible companies that are mindful of their commitments towards the environment in their daily work.
We are keen to support local environmental initiatives, including, among others, the annual planting or clearing of forests by senior citizens from the University of the Third Age. Together with the AMF ‘Our Way’ [Nasza Droga] Foundation, we launched the ‘Passion for Ecology’ project, to which we invited local schools. All the participants came up with small changes and introduced them into their neighbourhoods to raise social awareness and encourage others to take care of our planet.
At FORTE, the principles of sustainable development guide us every day. At the same time, we are keen to involve others in our green activities and jointly promote the importance of biodiversity for the well-being of our planet.
This approach led us, together with a team of beekeeping enthusiasts from our company, to create the Bee FORTE project, which aims to protect bees and promote biodiversity. We are pleased that our beekeeping community is growing and the project is attracting more and more supporters.