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Sustainability Roadmap

Since its founding in 1978, Genelec’s design philosophy has been based on sustainable development and environmental values.

Our aim is to manufacture long lasting products that are easy to service and to guarantee spare parts availability for many years (minimum 5 years) after the product’s discontinuation. We always prefer to select partners close to us, not to waste energy in transportation and stocking and to keep the total ecological footprint of our products as small as possible.

In 1985 a new factory was built by the Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi, Finland, with environmental aspects in mind: heat recovery from air ventilation, thick wall and roof insulation and 3-layer glazed windows to minimize any heating wasted energy. The same principles have been applied and further improved during each of our factory expansion in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

Since the year 2000 we have further improved our processes to ensure sustainable development in all our activities with the following concrete steps:

2000

  • Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Environmental assessment of the factory and its operations.
  • Environmental Policy and Program implemented

2001

  • Environmental Risk Evaluation
  • Key suppliers’ environmental system evaluation
  • Documentation of the environmental system according to ISO14001 Standard

2002 - 2003

  • Regular auditing of environmental issues
  • Regular reporting of factory waste and recycling materials

2004 - 2005

  • Genelec factory was certified according to international standard ISO14001, Environmental Management System
  • Study of Genelec suppliers’ capability to meet directive 76/769/EEC (Restrictions of certain dangerous substances and preparations)

2006 - 2007

  • Lead-free soldering according to the RoHS regulations implemented

2007 - 2008

  • Development project to reduce packing materials and harmful emissions during transportation
  • Ecological footprint calculation model created and piloted
  • Smaller packages implemented for 8040

2009 - 2010

  • Factory heating system changed from oil to bio-fuels
  • Factory heating energy savings implemented with ventilation inverters
  • All Genelec products comply with the RoHS and ErP directives (Restriction of Hazardous Substances and Energy Saving)

2011

  • In general level checking of compliance with updated RoHS requirements
  • More information to customers about Genelec and sustainable development (G-web pages)
  • Starting the web-meetings
  • Key supplier’s environmental system check
  • LEAN implementation to stock logistics
  • Large products update for improved sustainability

2012

  • Production cell improvements to minimize waste
  • Carbon-oxide footprint study for all main stream products
  • Review of updated EU-directives and evaluation of possible effects
  • Fact based information to customers (MonitorMonitor-bulletin)
  • Genelec shipments under CO2-neutral concept

2013

  • Carbon-oxide footprint study for new products
  • Genelec ISS-system to decrease product total power consumption
  • Evaluation of work related risks including used chemicals
  • Genelec Product Safety Datasheet (PSDS) established
  • Genelec Embedded Sustainability educational AV contents
  • Launching the first Natural Composite Enclosure with Genelec M Series

2014

  • Genelec embedded sustainability report for internal use
  • Supplier risk assessment tool (incl sustainable issues)
  • Environmental and ethical aspects updated to Genelec supplier auditing system
  • Improvements for product power efficiency with new technology such as Class D and Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) in main audio monitors
  • Detailed analysis of certain product’s sustainability factors
  • Extending internal quality and sustainability communication
  • Extending the products modularity