UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG’S)
The SDG’s are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
Investing in sustainable and responsible practices is morally right as well as good business. We support the UN's SDGs and use them to guide the integration of sustainable policies into our business strategy and cultural mindset. Along with our partners and suppliers, we are committed to working with SDGs 8, 12 and 17, which is where our business can make the biggest difference to people and the environment.
GOAL 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
To promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Decent work means opportunities for everyone to get work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration.
At ferm LIVING, we contribute to positive change by providing decent jobs and working conditions. Through our Code of Conduct and certifications such as BSCI, we are a proactive partner in ensuring that the rights of workers in our supply chain are upheld.
GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Sustainable consumption and production are about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles. Sustainable consumption and production refer to "the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimising the use of natural resources and toxic materials, as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product, so as not to jeopardise the needs of future generations".
At ferm LIVING, we design to create products that last both in terms of function and aesthetics. For us, this means high-quality designs that are produced with responsible materials and with an aesthetic appeal that can last the test of time.
In close collaboration with our suppliers, we work within a framework of practices, and continually develop and improve all phases of our supply chain. Through rigorous quality testing and numerous certifications, we ensure materials and final products are of a consistently high standard.
We aim to manufacture just the right number of products, and never burn or destroy unsold items. We hold an annual, private stock sale where leftover or unsold items are donated to NGOs such as the Red Cross.
We challenge ourselves to make more sustainable choices in the design phase. We work to ensure that as many of our products as possible are made from responsible materials, and several of our designs are made from a single material, making it easier to recycle.
GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
This goal seeks to revitalise and enhance the global partnership for sustainable development through intensive and systematic engagement of governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors in the implementation of the other sixteen SDGs.
At ferm LIVING, we have a holistic and humble approach to working with sustainability. We know that we are not perfect, and are by no means experts on every subject, hence it is crucial for us to partner with suppliers and experts who are skilled at working with responsible practices. We nurture long-lasting relationships built on mutual value-creation and transparent communication, and encourage all of us to explore opportunities for more responsible business and better living.