Swedish Company Goes to Chile
The Swedish company Kahrs, which specialises in wood flooring, including that which is ideal for use in wood floor restoration, has become the first firm in the world to purchase new material from Chile.
Kahrs, which is one of the biggest such wood flooring companies throughout the whole of Europe and the United Kingdom, has signed up to purchase material that meets both FSC and Fairtrade certification standards from Chile. This comes after decades of work to make Chile’s forests in the Curacautin Valley now able to support a sustainable living to those who live and work in the area, after the valley was seriously damaged by mismanagement during the last century.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to this development” says the Chief Executive Officer of Kahrs, Per Skarner. “Our hope is that we can alleviate poverty and restore biodiversity, through offering the first flooring made of FSC-Fairtrade certified in the world.” Skarner goes on to add that “We want to encourage companies that share our common values of respect for nature and people to partner up with us in this important Corporate Responsibility project.”
2011 has already been declared “the Year of the Forests” by the United Nations General Assembly in a bid to try and raise global awareness of the need for the conservation, development and sustainable management of all manner of forests from all over the world.
Kahrs has more than 150 years worth of experience in the flooring industry.