Havwoods Sustainability Brochure May 2024

Achieving a better future together

Havwoods’ approach to a greener future

Better future, together At Havwoods we are proud of our sustainably sourced products and our continuous efforts to work more sustainably across the whole organisation. It is important that we all invest time, effort and energy into the process of finding new ways to help the environment. There’s a limited amount of time to get it right. In this brochure you will find information on our approach to a greener future, and how we can help you on that journey.

Andrew Barnes Global CEO



About Havwoods Inspiring architects and interior designers for almost 50 years, Havwoods is the prevailing name in beautiful wood surfacing for floors, walls and ceilings. Gracing the surfaces of some of the world’s best restaurants, hotels, workspaces, private residencies and more, Havwoods’ extensive collection of products is available in a vast range of species, finishes and plank dimensions to ensure the perfect fit for any project. Combining unrivalled expertise, up-to-the-minute designs and an ever-expanding global portfolio of showrooms, Havwoods sets the benchmark for superior quality timber products. Havwoods showrooms in the UK can be found in Clerkenwell and Chelsea in London, Knutsford in Cheshire, Guildford in Surrey as well as Carnforth in Lancashire. Step in and experience the world of wood!



At the forefront of eco-friendly wood surface solutions Sustainability belongs to us all. For us at Havwoods sourcing materials from sustainably responsible forests has never been as important as it is today. Sustainability affects everything that we do and we are continuously taking new steps to improve our actions in this area. We do our utmost to ensure that our timber is ethically and sustainably sourced, and we work only with reputable timber companies. Independent certification to verify our timber sources is available for you as our customer to demonstrate to your clients that you have met their expectations for ethical trading.

“Information is now more accessible to the end user so inevitably more questions are being asked about our supply chains. All our mills offer complete transparency, and we are continuing to add extra accreditation to our products to quantify our eco-credentials. After nearly 50 years in the flooring industry, we have proved our sustainable qualities and are known as one of the most reputable suppliers of quality timber surfacing.” Anthony Scott, Global Product Director, Havwoods



HavSeal™ recognises responsibly sourced products HavSeal™ is Havwoods’ own seal of approval taking significant measures ensuring sustainable and responsible procurement within our supply chain. HavSeal is awarded to those products that exceed the already high standards needed to ensure entry into our portfolio. Not only do we consider the origin of material, the legality and sustainability of each of the products, but we also take into account the energy used in the production of the product, the chemical content of the product as well as the mill’s commitment to re-using its waste. We only work with the best mills and have found that the HavSeal ranking system incentivises best practice across our supply chain.

The Green Seal is awarded to products that offer extra international accreditation, identified as coming from sources that offer higher standards of energy use and waste generation. The Gold Seal is awarded to products coming from mills that show an extreme passion and proactive approach to ecological benefits. These may include reusable heating for local communities, the powering of wind turbines, financing the re- introduction of animals into the forest areas, and commitment to replanting forest and woodland areas such as the Forest Stewardship. If you would like to learn more about HavSeal please get in touch.



Achieving a better future together At Havwoods we have…

77% of company vehicles are now either hybrid or all electric. There is in total of 62% saving on fuel usage in 2022 compared to 2019.


All Havwoods packaging material used in our warehouse is either recycled, recyclable, or both.

Saved over 80,000 tonnes of CO 2 per annum by changing our distribution network.

Upgraded our pallet wrap machine to allow a 270% pre stretch on the film, meaning we use less of it and the pallets are more stable in transit.

Our hybrid working model saves 119,000 driving miles annually

Since September 2023, 100% of energy used at Havwoods’ HQ comes from renewable resources.

We are proud to be working with the following environmental accreditations:



Accreditations we work with

In addition to HavSeal seal of approval, Havwoods offers an extensive range of products with an array of sustainable and healthy material certification, such as:


• Cradle to Cradle • Floorscore

• Indoor Air

Comfort Gold

For our largest range, Pureplank, we have an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) which covers the entire range, plus some of our V collection range. We are working with our supply chain to increase the number of products we are able to offer with an EPD.

Please ask our team for details.



We are ISO 14001 certified

Havwoods is proud to be ISO14001 certified. This is the main standard of the international standard series that deals with environmental management*. The standard requires the organisation to define its environmental goals and objectives, as well as the management system to achieve these goals. In addition, the standard requires that the organisation adhere to these requirements also in its processes, procedures and operations.

The main requirements of the standard are:

• environmental policy • design • system implementation and functions • inspections and corrective actions • management review

*Source: iso.org/standard/60857.html



As an organisation, here are some of the actions we have taken to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of waste produced: • In 2022 we changed

recycled, recyclable, or both. • 62% saving on fuel usage in 2022 compared to 2019. • Our pallet wrap machine was upgraded to allow a 270% pre stretch on the film, meaning we use less, and the pallets are more stable in transit. • Since September 2023, all Havwoods’ HQ energy comes

miles annually. • 77% of company vehicles are now either hybrid or all electric. • All our pallets and cardboard packaging are now FSC and fully recyclable. • Even our warehouse operatives’ hi-vis coats are made out of recycled plastic!

from renewable resources. • Over 65% of energy used in production is from solar or other renewables. • All our head office lighting has been switched to LED lighting, with an annual CO2 saving of 73%.

our distribution network moving away from multi vehicle pallet networks to a dedicated Euro 6 compliant core fleet of vehicles saving over 80,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. • Havwoods is governed by the FORS (fleet operators recognition scheme) where we have to meet certain criteria to be accepted as a member, and as such we go through annual audits for compliance to maintain this standard. Our transport works to the highest standard for safety, emissions and training. • We are currently trialling electric Moffett vehicles, working closely with the development of the machines. • We are working closely with Volvo trucks in the development of Electric commercial vehicles with a 26t being available in this year. • The 35-micron standard film was changed to a 15-micron Nano film, going from 20,679kg in film to 6,064kg saving 14,615kg CO2 impact. • All Havwoods packaging materials are now either

• Hybrid working model saves 119,000 driving



Our future goals and aspirations Sustainability today is more important and urgent than ever before. Our customers both in commercial and residential sectors are all looking for ways to source sustainable products for their projects, and at Havwoods we are very proud to be able to assist in this. One of the things we are currently working on is calculating our carbon footprint to produce a carbon reduction plan. This will help us with our target, which is to become a carbon neutral company. Education is part of what we do, and we offer four relevant and thought-provoking RIBA CPD seminars to our customers:

• Wood and wellbeing

• Regenerative architecture

• The journey of wood flooring

• Journey towards circularity

To book a Havwoods CPD please email info@havwoods.com.



www.havwoods.com/uk info@havwoods.com 01524 737000

May 2024

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