As a thriving business with international responsibility, Jetstone keeps the Sustainable Development Goals in mind. These are 17 world goals for sustainable development, defined by the United Nations. The goal: to put an end to extreme poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change by 2030.
At Jetstone, we look at each goal in terms of how our business operations can contribute to achieving them. In particular, we can contribute to the following five goals in our industry:
SDG 01 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG 08 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
We would like to explain in more detail below which issues we are currently working on and how we are addressing the 5 SDG targets that are most relevant to us.
We choose to focus on specific and manageable cases, which we would like to tackle thoroughly and sustainably. Of course, we also recognize that there are many other important issues that we unfortunately cannot (yet) tackle directly. For a full account of our IMVO policy, please consult our Responsible Business Conduct and ICSR annual report 2022.
Jetstone can only be successful through its employees. Thus we want our employees to be able to work healthily and safely, and to be able to invest in themselves through training.
Safe and healthy work [SDG 8]
The importance of employee safety and health is paramount at Jetstone. We take advice from experts and facilitate independent audits to assess us. We are leading the way in our industry with, for example, the professional dust extraction in our factories and the in-house developed, height adjustable, workstations in production.
We also work with certified tools, ensure that health and safety rules are strictly observed and have ensured that lifting is hardly necessary in our factories through the use of vacuum lifters and conveyor belts.
Motivated employees [SDG 8]
Working at Jetstone means working together, but also having fun together. Our informal working atmosphere, open communication and social activities contribute to this significantly. As well as committed team leaders who ensure that employees always feel heard.
We also attach great importance to training. In 2020, we recruited a training coordinator (from the education sector) to give our internal training a more professional and structured form. We are also a BBL accredited learning company and work with ESF on the ‘Sustainable Employability of Employees’ project.
In 2015, we established our own Make A Wish foundation. Employees can use resources from this fund for people in their immediate environment, so that we can offer help of any kind.
Code of Conduct [SDGs 1, 8 & 17]
Jetstone operates a Code of Conduct in its purchasing process. In this document we commit ourselves and our suppliers to a number of important legal, ethical, environmental and social standards and values.
This is an important aspect, especially for non-Western granite types, as well as carrying out independent audits. We have these audits carried out by Xertifix, an NGO that fights for better working conditions and environmental protection in the stone sector in India.
NSF and bio-resin [SDGs 12 & 17]
Jetstone only works with suppliers of quartz composite, ceramic and dekton that are certified to the standards of the international organizations NSF and/or GreenGuard. This certification guarantees that the materials are hygienic and food safe; aspects which are of great importance when it comes to a kitchen worktop of course.
Our suppliers are also making plenty of investments in sustainability, especially for quartz composite materials. Silestone, for instance, has developed the Hybriq+ technology, which allows them to use less silica in their mix of raw materials, by using, for example, recycled glass instead. And Diresco, another supplier of quartz composite, has switched to bio-resin as the basis for its products, for some time now. These are developments that we also like to encourage in other suppliers.
IMVO initiative TruStone [SDGs 1 & 17]
In 2019, we signed the IMVO initiative TruStone. In addition to Dutch and Belgian fellow companies from our industry, Minister Sigrid Kaag and representatives of, among others, the organizations FNV, CNV and Arisa also signed.
The goal of the TruStone Initiative is clear: a more responsible production and purchase of natural stone. The parties involved want to create transparency and take a stand against violations of the environment and human rights, which may still occur during the extraction of natural stone in Asia, Africa and South America. As an individual company, you can only exercise limited influence; as an industry, in cooperation with (government) organizations, such as the SER, we are much stronger.
More information about sustainable natural stone can be found on this page.
Jetstone is committed to using environmentally friendly solutions wherever possible in its business operations and strives for a circular process for the processing of residual materials.
Use of electricity, water and fuels [SDG 13]
In 2019, we equipped our factories with 3,333 solar panels; accounting for over 1 million kWh of green electricity each year. The remaining electricity we consume is green and we try to minimise it by, for example, investing in heat recovery and energy-efficient machines. Smart insulation applications have also significantly reduced our gas consumption. And by recycling all the water in our production process and topping it up with rainwater wherever possible, we can also minimize the use of water.
When purchasing vehicles, emissions and fuel consumption are always decisive. In recent years, for example, we have purchased several extremely fuel-efficient vans for our mechanics and we have opened additional warehouses in Brussels and Hannover, which allows us to organize our transport in Belgium and Germany much more efficiently (and therefore drive less distances). In Sweden we have also opened additional warehouses and significantly reduced the amount of transport kilometers.
Use of materials and recycling [SDGs 12 & 13]
By using advanced nesting software, we are able to further reduce our material waste. Nevertheless, we have to deal with many small residual pieces. We completely separate our ceramic waste from granite and quartz composite, which provides us with a clean waste stream. As a result, our waste can be reused for, among other things, the construction of roads and houses.
We try to maximize this recycling principle further in cooperation with our customers. After all, when a kitchen is replaced, a used worktop becomes superfluous. Our customer can have the used worktops (with a recycling sticker) be collected by us (if we are already there to deliver new worktops). We then have these worktops broken into small pieces, so that they too can be reused in house and road construction.
Finally, we import less and less materials in the ‘traditional’ thickness of 30mm. We encourage our customers to work with thinner materials instead, which reduces the average material consumption per order. An additional advantage of these thinner materials is that the weight per worktop is lower, which reduces the physical load on our mechanics and our customers’ mechanics.
Life-cycle Analysis [SDG’s 13 & 17]
In order to minimize Jetstone’s carbon footprint, it is important to assess how much CO2 is emitted during the production and delivery of a worktop. To investigate this, we work together with Diresco, supplier of composite worktops, and Encon, an independent organization which calculates the emissions in our chain. Based on precise measurements in all facets of the product life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the production of the raw material at Diresco, to the assembly or delivery by Jetstone’s logistic services, Encon has drawn up a report. Based on the findings of this report, we at Jetstone are committed to setting up sustainability initiatives to reduce our environmental impact.