Our environment

Ecochain project

Deli Home produces and trades in wood and wood products. This means we are part of a larger supply chain. In order to better understand the environmental impact of our doors, we had life cycle analyses (LCA) carried out in collaboration with two of our key suppliers in the period 2018-2019. This information will be included in the National Environment Database for buildings and GWW (Land, Roads and Water Construction) in 2020. This is where architects can find information when designing new buildings and works.

The results showed that a regular wooden interior door represents 9 to 100 kg of CO2 (calculation based on 1,166 products). This is, on average, approximately 60% less CO2 than a similar aluminium door!

Most of the environmental impact of our products is caused by supply chain activities which are carried out prior to our direct suppliers. A small part is caused during transport from the material’s sourcing location to the production site and during production at our supplier (fuel use by equipment, electricity, water and waste).

Here are a few interesting features:

  • A honeycomb core inside a door is 3 times more environmentally friendly than a solid core (9 kg CO2 compared to 27 kg CO2).
  • A fire-resistant door was also tested separately (with graphite-based foam, halogen-free). This door came amounted to 32 kg of CO2

Of the materials used in doors, good scores were realised by wood type Meranti and the used glue. As expected, MDF showed a much greater environmental impact. It was eye catching that the used pine achieved a high score.

Vendor manual

We have compiled a supplier guide in order to be clear to our suppliers about what we expect from them, also in terms of sustainability. This was updated in 2019 and the differences between sister companies were eliminated.

We make the following sustainability-related requirements to our suppliers:

  1. Comply with local and international laws and regulations concerning labour and human rights:
    • no child labour
    • no forced labour
    • pay the minimum wage
    • respect the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples
    • protect the health and safety of workers and
    • comply with labour law
  2. Attempt to use wood from responsibly managed forests
  3. Comply with European regulations concerning the legal use of wood (EUTR) and construction (CPR)

We regularly visit our suppliers and also review sustainability-related issues at their premises. When doing so, it is always good to work together to find opportunities for improvement, like we did under the Ecochain project.

Let our suppliers tell you all about it

JELD-WEN Indonesia supplies doors to Deli Home. Headquarters in the United States, JELD-WEN operates more than 190 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries. The partnership of Deli Home and JELD-WEN has evolved and matured over the past 30 years, and has delivered a number of positive outcomes for both companies, including product enhancements, operational excellence and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

JELD-WEN has developed and implemented a ‘Statement of corporate purpose’ that includes CSR. JELD-WEN is dedicated to conducting operations ethically, responsibly, and with respect for human rights and the interests of the communities in which they operate.

According to Paul Lyons, VP Operations, JEM and Asia, it is important to engage and collaborate with customers in order to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. The objective is to collaborate and design innovative products that not only meet current needs, but also anticipate future needs. Within this framework, it is essential to consider environmental and social criteria, in other words CSR.

JELD-WEN has developed and implemented a business operation system, namely the JELD-WEN Excellence Model (JEM), which drives operational excellence and productivity in its production facilities. When they were approached about Deli Home’s Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in Indonesia, they were enthusiastic to participate. As far as JELD-WEN was concerned, the LCA was in keeping with its business and CSR objectives. JELD-WEN supplied Deli Home with detailed data concerning energy consumption, raw materials and waste streams. They then discussed the results with Deli Home. JELD-WEN is committed to working with Deli Home to identify and implement solutions, so we can meet our collective CSR responsibilities.’

Paul Lyons, Vice President Operations, JEM (JELD-WEN Excellence Model) and Asia

Sponsorship and donations

This year we once again contributed to various social goals that are of importance to us. This included donations to local social and sports clubs proposed by our employees, as well as various charities proposed by our customers. In 2019, for example, this involved the SWGN Stichting for the disabled, Stichting Gorcums Carnaval, Natuurcentrum Gorinchem, Voetbalvereniging Woudrichem, S.V.W. Gorinchem, Roparum team Zutphen and sponsorship if the Dam tot Dam bike ride.