Sustainability as core business
Ever since we began making floor coverings, starting with linoleum more than 100 years ago, we have been committed to creating better environments in all the spaces in which people, work, live, interact, relax, heal, learn and play.
Through years of close contact with our customers and end users, we understand the built environment and the impact our products have on it. Based on this, we focus on advancing products and solutions whose life cycles comply with the circular economy model.
Forbo Flooring Systems believe in product transparency and providing clear data around
a product’s raw material origins, manufacture and end of life.
Transparant information, third-party verified - EPD's
Third-party environmental product declarations (EPD’s) are the benchmark for global transparency. When selecting local and imported flooring products always consider the raw material origins and processing as often they can be one and the same.
For example, ALL PVC and plastic raw materials are imported into Australia, and significant product processing has already occurred outside of Australia before being included in products locally. Food ingredients have to stipulate these origins and EPD's are the equivalent for building products.
Always read the label.
YOU WILL FIND THE EPD's & PRODUCT DECLARATIONS IN OUR DOWNLOAD CENTRE
Life cycle assessment is where it all starts
A life cycle assessment is a comprehensive system for measuring the environmental impacts of the life of a product. The measurement is standardized and equal for all types of products. While system boundaries, quality of data and weighting factors play a role in the overall assessment, our LCAs are accepted once they have been verified by an independent third party.
Restoring Australia’s Natural Environment & Biodiversity
Every square metre of Marmoleum installed contributes to restoring Australian native vegetation.
Carbon Positive Australia plants native trees and shrubs creating long term carbon sinks which in addition to capturing carbon provide habitat and protection of local native species.
Over the past two years we have managed to plant over 12,000 trees/shrubs and plan to plant many more in 2021 and beyond, thank you for choosing CO2 neutral Marmoleum flooring. Each planting program is different and focuses on species endemic to the area.
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Local recognition & ECO labels
Forbo products are recognised in Green Building Council of Australia Projects and many by accredited 3rd Party ecolabel organisations including GECA, Greentag & Best Practice PVC.
Forbo products comply and often go beyond local requirements. A good example is our production and supply chains are SA8000 certified.
View our certified products page
Collaborations and partnerships
Forbo Flooring Systems partners with international associations and bodies in setting up pilot projects and alliances in which innovations and new developments can be tested and introduced. They are particularly valuable when it comes to developing for the circular economy.
We work with European institutions such as the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers' Institute, the Multilayer Modular Flooring Association, the European Carpet and Rug Association and other industry leaders such as the Green Building Council, universities and innovative start-ups. All to continuously improve the environmental profile of our company and product portfolio.
In 2021, Forbo Flooring Systems has joined the global action network World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), to help transform the building and construction sector across three strategic areas – climate action, health & wellbeing, and resources & circularity.
more information about our collaborations
Annual sustainability report
We published our first Sustainability Report way back in 2005. This contained information about our production locations and product portfolio. Today, our annual Sustainability Report is drafted according to GRI guidelines and covers every aspect of the triple bottom line – the environmental, social and economic dimensions that underpin a consistent strategy to achieve the sustainability goals we have set out in our environmental management systems.
You can download our most recent Sustainability Reports by clicking on the buttons below.