Our customers consider a "switch" to sustainable packaging. Koen Pack has been going through this transition for much longer … because we care!
Koen Pack works according to the standard that we have agreed with each other from ISO: 9001. Our Waste Policy explains how we handle waste.
Our world faces many sustainability challenges, in particular as a result of the increasing demand for and depletion of natural resources and climate change. Waste management can make an important positive contribution in this regard. By recycling materials can again serve as a raw material or as an energy carrier, which reduces the use of primary raw materials and reduces CO² emissions.
We strive to process (or have processed) all released materials in as sustainable a way as possible and, where possible, to make them suitable for reuse.
We declare that we return the released materials to the chain as much as possible. On the one hand as a recycled material for new materials or as a new raw material for equal or equivalent products. The products that cannot be recycled are used for high-quality energy generation, among other things.
At the end of 2018, LED lighting was installed in the entire warehouse. Dynamic dimming is used where the light output when not in use is 10% and when driving in is 100%.
"It is a cost saving and better for the environment," said Robert Kooyman, facility manager at Koen Pack in Amstelveen. The lighting in the warehouse has been thoroughly addressed. Despite the fact that the building comes from 2007, all fluorescent tubes were replaced by sustainable LED lamps in 2018. The lighting in the office has also been replaced by the more economical version. "We are also doing CSR responsibly with this."
At the end of 2019, preparations were started to install more than 1,000 solar panels on the roof of Koen Pack. From 2020 we switched to green energy with this sustainable investment. This is in line with our intention to operate in a socially responsible manner and contributes to reducing CO2 emissions. Would you like to discuss sustainability with us and what is involved? Please contact us for a knowledge session! We can do that at your company or in our decorated showroom.
An important step towards Corporate Social Responsibility is the conscious purchase of articles. Most of our office items are made from recycled materials. We buy these from Quantore, they are certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental standard and the ISO 90001 quality standard.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) system ensures that the forests of our world can be preserved through responsible forest management. A well-managed forest runs less risk of being cut down for other purposes, such as the construction of palm oil or soy plantations and mining.
So use FSC!
By using FSC, you directly contribute to the protection of our global forests and to a healthy living environment for humans and animals worldwide. Because the forest gets economic value in this way, we ensure that it is preserved. And that is important, because everyone wants to continue to enjoy eternally both our forests and the natural products of wood and paper?
Wood and paper products that come from an FSC-certified forest can be recognized by the FSC label
To ensure that products with this quality mark actually come from a responsibly managed forest, all links in the product chain must be certified.
Only when a forest manager, the paper mill and the wholesaler can demonstrate compliance with the rules of FSC, can a product be sold as an FSC and the logo placed on it. The more demand there is for FSC products, the more hectares of forest will be managed according to FSC guidelines. And the more people and animals who depend on the forest will benefit from this. More information about FSC. We are registered under number FSC-C148914 at the FSC certificate. Ask for our FSC® certified products.
Koen Pack has been a member of the BSCI program since January 2017. BSCI is an initiative of amfori and stands for "Business Social Compliance Initiative". The initiative has been created to, among other things, improve working conditions in the production chain worldwide. We believe that equal and good working conditions are important for everyone in our production chain. In close consultation with our producers in China, Vietnam and Myanmar, among other things, we ensure that the circumstances in which they work meet the requirements set. This has been guaranteed for years through the Sedex program. Sedex is a non-profit organization that works on improving ethical and responsible business. By being affiliated with amfori, independent auditors conduct regular audits of our suppliers. BSCI participants and suppliers follow training on various themes as described in the 11 principles.
BSCI is committed to the worldwide improvement of working conditions in the production chain of its members and does this according to eleven principles. This includes ensuring equal opportunities for employees, assessing risks, socially responsible policies, freedom of association, special protection for young workers, combating child and forced labor, paying fair compensation, protecting the environment and provisions for safe and healthy workplace. More information can be found in our Code of Conduct.
The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, empowers sustainable and ethical supply chains, is a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. The goal is a secure, online database that offers members the ability to store information, share and report on four key areas: Labour, Health & Safety, Environmental and Business Ethics. Koen Pack is connected with since 2013.
Since 2017, Koen Pack has been a partner of MVO Netherlands. MVO translated to CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility. We take responsibility for social issues and make agreements about pollution, working conditions and sustainability. At Koen Pack we treat our employees in a pleasant way and we think it is important that we, together with CSR Netherlands, can contribute to society.
Together with one of our regular transporters, Van der Slot from Noordwijkerhout, we ensure that orders are delivered to customers in the Netherlands in no time. What are they doing to ensure that the footprint is reduced? We ask Rob den Elzen: "Because the environment and CO2 reduction is a hot item, this is certainly an issue for us. For example, the rainwater is collected and used to flush the toilets and wash the cars. We have installed solar panels on the roof of the office. Van der Slot drives with Euro 6 engines, which are the cleanest diesel engines available at the moment. The trucks are electrically cooled, so no additional diesel engines are required. When loading the trolleys on average 20% more efficient at the auction and due to good planning, we mainly drive with full cars, which results in less traffic on the road." This is how we work together on responsible use of fuels, energy and water savings and we ensure that the footprint is reduced.
Koen Pack has joined the Dutch Association of Wholesalers in Paper and packaging materials (NVGP), a supporting association in which we exchange knowledge with other members about packaging and the developments that take place there. More information at the website of the NVGP . Even when it comes to laws and regulations, test reports or legal questions (site in Dutch).
In Colombia Koen Pack has an ISO-14001 certification, because using an environmental management system according to the ISO-14001 standard, the environmental risks of the operations are controlled and if possible reduced.
Koen Pack Sucursal has been awarded an AA category from the Sello de Sostenibilidad by Corantioquia. This recognition is given for the dedication and extra efforts in all processes, which are not only sustainable but also environmentally friendly.
Here you can find a list of all certificates.