Since our formation in 1978, sustainability has been fundamental to our company development. Here are some of the major milestones along the way.
Supplier Code of Conduct
A Supplier Code of Conduct will be created, implemented and published, to communicate and ensure that our suppliers act in accordance with our expectations on ethical behaviour.
The first regular external ESG audit is arranged, to follow up and develop our ESG capabilities.
Employee Code of Conduct
Our employee Code of Conduct is published and implemented.
Pallet Delivery Optimization
Pallet deliveries optimised by reducing the return of pallet collars.
Our electrical energy purchases meet the requirements of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC, and our energy supplier is certified by EECS (European Energy Certificate System).
Genelec receives Sustainability Award from the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM).
Assembly Time Reduction
Assembly time is reduced by using LEAN, and by increasing product modularity.
Agreement is reached to buy all electricity from renewable energy resources, to reduce CO2 emissions.
Product Power Efficiency Improvements
Power efficiency is improved with new technology, including Class D amplifiers and Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS) in main audio monitors.
Evaluation of Supplier Responsibility
Environmental and ethical aspects are added to our supplier auditing system, to enable better evaluation of supplier responsibility.
Carbon Footprint Study
An internal study to evaluate the carbon footprint of new designs is carried out.
Our energy saving ISS-technology is developed to meet both European Union ErP Directives and our own wider sustainability commitments.
Production Cell Improvements
Production cell improvements are made according to LEAN principles, to minimise waste and optimise work flow.
Environmental Aspect Focus on Suppliers
Our key supplier's environmental management systems are evaluated, and the selection criteria of suppliers is further developed to provide more focus on environmental aspects.
Factory Heating System Change
The factory heating system is changed from regular heating oil to biofuel.
Ecological Footprint Calculation Model Created
A model for calculating our ecological footprint is created and piloted for internal use.
Revision of Core Values
Our core values are revised in a strategy review. Respect and Justice are added to our existing values of Belief, Enthusiasm, and Honesty.
ISO 14001 Standard
Our factory's environmental management system is certified according to the ISO 14001 international standard.
Environmental Risk Management
Environmental risk management becomes part of our regular internal audits.
Environmental Policy and Program
Our Environmental Policy and Program is implemented.
Life Cycle Assessment Undertaken
An internal project focusing on Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is carried out, to better understand the environmental impacts of Genelec designs.
Definition of Core Values
Our core values of Belief, Enthusiasm and Honesty are defined, to guide our everyday actions as a company.
Genelec is Founded
The design philosophy of our first loudspeaker, the S30, is inspired by the technical brief from the Finnish National Broadcaster, YLE. The S30 offers reliability, serviceability, a long lifecycle and a commitment to continuing spare part support. This sustainable approach becomes the cornerstone of all our future designs. At the same time, we make a conscious decision to support our local community by designing and manufacturing all Genelec technology in Iisalmi, Finland.