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Aspects of Social Responsibility

The main social impact Martela has on the community around us is through the employment and the staff and responsibilities that comes with it. In addition to local employment Martela Social Responsibility also includes various cooperation with our interest groups.

Labour rights are self-evident in our own manufacturing processes and also in the areas where we mainly purchase our materials, components and products. As we go beyond Europe in our supply chain, we make sure that the working conditions still comply with international standards.

In Martela we see our impact on office interior design and usage to be part of our social responsibility. By helping our customers to create more inspiring working conditions we will improve wellbeing at work in a broader perspective. 

Local employment

Martela success is based on Finnish values. Since 1945 we have brought to market new ideas for working methods and interiors.

Martela Group head office is in Helsinki. The plants are in Nummela and Kitee in Finland, Bodafors in Sweden and Warsaw in Poland. Martela's turnover generates employment and welfare to the local society.

Financial support
Martela supports applicable scientific research on our field.   Martela representative have been involved as a member of the board in the DemaNET-project of VTT, Lappeenranta University of Technology and University of Jyväskylä. The goal of the DemaNET-project was to create future preparedness and knowledge for the Finnish industry about business concepts and networking models that advance dematerialization.   Martela have supported among other things making of theses in Aalto University and the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK).    Martela have supported Baltic Sea Action Group, BSAG activities by furnishing the Foundation's office in Helsinki. (www.bsag.fi)

 

Corporate village for school children

The Corporate Village is a society, labor and entrepreneurship-based learning environment created for 6th-graders. In the Village there is more than 15 different companies, and public service offices.  Martela is one of the companies. The student will work in a company in the village for which he receives a salary, acts as a consumer and as a citizen in the community. Read more in Yrityskylä webpages.

Educational cooperation

In Finland Martela has broad co-operation with several educational institutions. We realize projects with design institutions to give students a change to interact with corporate life and broaden the education with knowledge of practices in design business.

Martela also offers school children possibility to explore the world of work through TET –training for example in co-operation with the Youth Academy.

Customer involvement

Eero Aarnio designed for Martela “The Tree”, that has found its way into many interior designs. Sympathetic tree have produced over 100 000 real trees for the Andean slopes and starting from 2015 it will improve restoring forested lands in Mogotio and Nq'oswet in Western Kenya. For every sold “The Tree” Martela donates funds for improving lives of women and children through World Vision Finland.

Metsäteollisuus ry video about responsibility
Industry cooperation

Martela Oyj is a member of the Carpentry Association that is a member of the Finnish Forest Industries Association in Finland. In Sweden Martela AB is a member of TMF:n (Trä- och Möbelföretagen).

We are actively taking part of updating work on standards concerning the furniture and through that have en effect on safety and environmental requirements for the products in our field. Martela's representative was elected as chairman of to the National Committee for Standardisation of furniture (Kemesta 02) for the period of 2014-2016.

FURNITURE FOR THOSE IN NEED

Martela offers recycling of used furniture as a service to its customers. Some of the furniture will find a new user through the Martela Outlet chain, but portion of the furniture Martela is donating to those in need. For example, furniture of our client, DB Schenker's, were released through workplace change and those fitting for the purpose were donated to the SOma SOppiin, which a new place of activities in Rastila for the Debora work project for young girls of Helsinki's Young Womens Christian Association. The target group is girls aged 7 to 18 around Vuosaari area.

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