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 1990s and 2000s.

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


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 product's modularity


  • Further development of Genelec factory waste collection system; improved collection of energy waste
  • An agreement to buy all electricity from renewable energy resources to reduce CO2 releases
  • Improving product co-efficient factor, so amplifiers are now three times more efficient compared to the traditional ones
  • Sustainability aspects included to the new personnel initiation program
  • Assembly time shortened by using LEAN and by increasing product modularity
  • Improving environmental metrics by introducing Ympäristösinetti-reporting system


  • The Award of Sustainability by the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM), a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to the broadcasting and electronic media industries
  • Supporting commute cycling by providing a proper shelter for bicycles and by organizing motivating competitions
  • Proper video conference system to reduce traveling between Iisalmi and Helsinki
  • Electrical energy purchases meet the requirements of European Union Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC and the energy supplier is certified by EECS (European Energy Certificate System)
  • Factory HVAC-system renovation to save energy
  • Sales/purchasing invoicing via e-invoices to reduce the need for printed copies


  • Safety evaluation of chemicals – minimized the selection of used chemicals and updated the chemical list
  • Information and training on SVHC for the work safety committee and production teams
  • Changed to fully biodegradable plastic bags for small 8000-series and The Ones packaging
  • External safety assessment with scoring system undertaken for the whole factory
  • Learning of safety instructions included as a part of the Genelec safety culture


  • Pallet deliveries optimized by reducing the return of heavy packing materials
  • Continued to support cycling to work by organizing motivating competitions
  • Cross functional workshops to update the Genelec long-term sustainability road map, as well as its environmental aspects and effects
  • Forming a plan with the logistics team to move towards a recycling economy
  • Common review of our Code of Conduct undertaken alongside responsible actions through our core values