Royal Ahrend joins the Circular Economy 100 as latest Corporate member

May 03, 2017
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International leader in office furniture, Royal Ahrend, has announced its membership of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100).

As the latest corporate member to join the programme, Royal Ahrend will embark on the partnership to embed circular economy across its business activities, making the commitment to close production loops by 2020.

Founded in 1896, Royal Ahrend has been committed to delivering highly collaborative working environments to end users around the world, and its transition towards a circular economy approach has been evident across its operations over the last 25 years: in 1994 the organisation designed the first recyclable task chair, and in 2011 it was recognised as the first and only Cradle to Cradle company in the furniture industry.

As part of its work on the circular economy, the organisation has already initiated education programmes to inform the next generation, and has begun introducing a new circular business model: furniture as a service, which was trialed at the Foundation’s offices during the 2016 Disruptive Innovation Festival.

Participating in the CE100 programme will support the organisations goals in maximising awareness around resource scarcity, fuelling the need for new innovative approaches. In working with the CE100 network, Royal Ahrend seeks to create more value with its customer and gain support in achieving its commitment to closing its production loops by 2020.

We see this membership as a powerful tool to accelerate our transition towards a circular economy and help realize our aspirations in adopting a fully circular solution – keeping products at their highest value and utility, feeding them back into the system and achieving zero waste. After all, the most sustainable product is a timeless, beautiful, modular product that does not have to be disposed or disassembled, but can ‘just’ be reused’. 

- Eugène Sterken, CEO Royal Ahrend​

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