Martela works towards better work environments believes in the lifecycle approach.

When you step inside Martela’s business premises in Pitäjänmäki, you will quickly see that at Martela, we practice what we preach. The pleasant and elegant premises are a combination of workstations separated by dividers, sofa groups, spaces intended for quiet work, and meeting rooms.

Minna Andersson, Marketing and Responsibility Manager, does not have her own designated workstation, but can choose from 10 different workstation options. Andersson is very happy with the arrangement, as are Martela’s customers whose offices have been converted into multipurpose facilities.

“We have seen massive improvements in our customers’ job satisfaction. Part of our responsibility work is to ensure that our customers’ occupational wellbeing improves,” says Veli-Matti Savo, director at Martela.


Both premises and furniture have a life cycle

The life cycle of a workstation starts with the customer’s needs. Martela determines the customer company’s best ways of working, and designs the right kind of premises to support business operations. When the premises are customised according to the needs of the company from the very beginning, unnecessary purchases can be avoided. This provides a foundation for an environmentally friendly operating method in which only necessary items are purchased, old items are repaired, and materials are recycled thoroughly.

Martela’s work does not end when the premises are ready and the furniture is in place. Martela also takes care of the modernising and maintenance of premises. It is good to check the functioning of a workspace once a year.

“Rather than replacing all the furniture on the premises, modernisation involves maintaining or recycling worn furniture and making slight adjustments to the premises,” Andersson says.

Martela’s used furniture can be returned to Martela to be repaired and recycled through its Martela Outlet stores. The good design of the furniture makes this possible. The longest possible useful life in terms of materials and design language is sought for products.

“One good example of this is the Kilta chair, which has been in production since the 1950s and still looks modern,” says Anne-Maria Peitsalo, Responsibility Specialist.


Responsibility is an everyday thing

All of Martela’s approximately 600 employees participate in responsibility training every year. Martela employees know what financial, social and environmental responsibility represent in their everyday work.

Martela has published its responsibility report since 2011. The latest report can be downloaded at

“We report very openly and comprehensively about our responsibility. Matters related to responsibility apply also to our subcontractors,” Savo says.


Martela Responsibility Report 2013

Read more of our responsibility


Source: Talouselämä 13.5.2014


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