wehlers

Sustainable furniture and accessories

Copenhagen, Denmark, Copenhagen

Denmark

www.wehlers.com

About wehlers

wehlers was established in 2015 and from the very beginning they knew that they wanted to build a sustainable company. They love furniture and design but making beautiful and high quality furniture was just not enough. In their understanding wehlers products also had to have a positive global impact.

This is a bold statement and they would be unable to achieve it without a set of values that guide them through business environment. These values are their compass - and they rely on it completely.

Honest company: wehlers is honest about the business they conduct and the impact they have on the environment. Honesty to them means that they do what they say, and say what they do. This is the reason why they share business information and strive to be as transparent as possible.

They provide transparent products and business information. wehlers informs about the good as well as the bad that shall be improved. This provides all stakeholders an opportunity to understand how sustainable they are, so they can honestly use the word “sustainability” in their communication.

Ambitious resource responsibility: They want to make the world a better place for all, our children, as well as our children’s children. At the same time, they do not believe in stopping consumption. Their ambition is to change the way we design, consume and think about resources, and explore ways to return resources that we have used.

Intelligent design Design is the center of wehlers. Skillful designers create their furniture and products. The designs are made intelligently to support the circular economy in a product ecosystem.

This means that they guide their designers, their manufacturers and their customers to become more sustainable.

As an example they have crafted a life-cycle-system in which customers can repair, reuse, recycle, respect and remember wehlers products by returning, swapping or repairing furniture.

Responsible business: Responsibility is the core of their business. Their products, services and business model are focused on ensuring the lowest amount of environmental impact. This is their vision, and drives them to conduct a responsible business that is good for profit, planet and people.

wehlers gives environment and people a “veto right” in their business model. They only design, produce and distribute products that have passed a unique sustainability classification. They monitor and develop their supply network with similar standards.

Pure and simple: Wehlers is inspired by Danish design tradition in which honesty is seen in the material, and form is defined from minimalism and function.

We became a B Corp to demonstrate our commitment and performance to these values through internationally recognized standards, while we hope it will provide a vibrant community for support and collaboration.

The Change We Seek®

wehlers vision is to change design furniture industry towards a more sustainable future. They plan to do this by introducing circular economy solutions to their business model and to encourage others to follow.

They want to shift “use and throw away” practice that applies to most things people buy today, including furniture. Earth provides valuable resources and we can’t just turn them into products we like and later dispose of them at the landfill when they are no longer wanted. This is linear economy and it leads us to ultimately cluttering our planet and using up its resources.

Instead, the resources used for production of goods can be reused multiple times and circulated – this is circular economy. To be sure that it happens wehlers puts a great effort in wise selection of materials and smart furniture designs. They also offer a furniture recycling program where their customers can trade, sell or give back their old wehlers products – so they can take care of their proper disassembly and recycling.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

22
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

24
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

1
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

42
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

8
6
Overall B Score
97
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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