Last week was the Milan Design Week which attracts over 300,000 people globally as the showcase for design.
It was the first time we have ever really focused on it as a major event.
Our space was listed in all the Milan Design Week guides as a key place to visit.
“The Positive Floor” designed by Francesco Maria Bandini is a ground-breaking concept that guides visitors through the latest innovation in interior design and interpretation of space: “we will take people’s perception of flooring and turn it on its head”.
Back in 1973, Ray Anderson founded Carpets International, a new company that would offer free-lay carpet for commercial office spaces in the United States. 38 years later, we’ve grown into a global company with a sustainability mission recognized across the globe.
InterfaceFLOR has always been about the future. When Ray Anderson staked his career on the idea of modular carpet tile in the ’70s, it was a square idea in a broadloom world but even he didn’t realize how dramatically we would shape the future of the industry.
Over the years we’ve evolved our approach to design and developed innovative manufacturing processes to reduce waste and eliminate toxins from our products and facilities. And we’ve pioneered new ways to reuse valuable resources. We see the infinite design possibilities of carpet tile and they’re inherently tied to our Mission ZeroTM promise – to completely eliminate any negative impact we may have on the environment by 2020.
We are organising another cultural immersion day at our factory in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands for the June 9th and 10th.
These allows participants to immerse themselves in the Interface culture and interact with our managers. The topics that we will cover include:
• Mission Zero and the business cases of sustainability
• The power of sustainable design and innovation
• Green Transport
• Sustainability at operations and Close-loops models
• Aligning internal and external comms
• Creating an Strengh-based culture
It has taken more than ten years to achieve general acceptance that responsible business cannot be achieved by philanthropy alone. The correct focus is on how companies earn their profits. Most CEOs understand this.
Now along come the offsetters, dangling free social benefits with each tonne of carbon purchased. The comms teams love it, but is this really the way to tackle carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere – mixed in with community health and development?