Hogewoning:
sustainable & social

Hogewoning is a sustainable wholesaler of home accessories that supplies products at good, fair prices. How do we do that? The short answer: because of our many years of experience in the industry, good relationship with reliable suppliers and the will to constantly improve ourselves.

HOGEWONING AND GREEN BY BLUE: A COLLABORATION THAT PUTS SUSTAINABILITY FIRST

This year saw Hogewoning B.V. start developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. To achieve this, we have been working closely with a team of consultants at Green by Blue since March 2023.

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‘Green by Blue is there to support pioneering businesses. Inspiring them to be passionate, brave, and open-minded, we help businesses name, quantify, and achieve their sustainability goals. We develop plans and help to implement, substantiate, and conduct research, so that together we can make as much of a positive impact as possible.’

Sustainability has become an essential theme nowadays, and one that we are gladly committed to. We are eager to show the steps we have taken and to involve our customers and partners in our achievements. Our goal is to set out our achievements in a sustainability report. From 2025, this will be required by law under the ‘Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive’ (CSRD). We talked to our stakeholders about the impact we are making in terms of our Environmental, Social and Governance performance. Together, we have identified a number of material themes that we will incorporate into our sustainability strategy. We are also working with Green by Blue’s consultants to explore how we can measure our social impact and start reporting these results periodically. We aim to produce the first sustainability report for 2024.

Hogewoning is committed to sustainability:

Environment

Rigorous checks on responsible raw materials.

Packaging

Less and less plastic, FSC-certified paper, and efficient transport.

People

Fair wages and good working conditions.

Charities

We donate a percentage of our profits.

Environment

Rigorous checks on responsible raw materials.

Packaging

Less and less plastic, FSC-certified paper, and efficient transport.

People

Fair wages and good working conditions.

Charities

We donate a percentage of our profits.

Environment

We do not want the raw materials used for our home accessories and decorative items to deplete natural resources and energy or to place unnecessary burden on the environment.

We require manufacturers to verify the origin of the wood used for our decorative materials. They must be able to prove that it is legal wood, from forests that have been specifically planted for that purpose. Our ambition is to only use FSC-certified wood and paper in our products within a few years. We undergo an annual audit so that we can remain FSC certified. Our FSC chain is fully checked during the audit. If our customers wish, we guarantee that we have incorporated FSC-certified wood into the product and we can put the quality mark logo on the packaging.

In addition, we are committed to using fair trade cotton with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and recycled textiles according to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). In this way we contribute to sustainability and responsible production practices. All our products comply with European legislation for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances, known as REACH criteria.

As a sustainable wholesaler, Hogewoning sometimes goes beyond what is required by law. As a result, we are able to offer beautiful and safe products, which are tested by the renowned independent companies TÜV Rheinland and SGS.

We are a member of Citeo and are committed to recycling our packaging to the best of our ability.

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What does FSC-certified mean?

The FSC quality mark guarantees that the raw materials used for paper and cardboard come from responsibly managed forests, many of which are often specially cultivated for this purpose. This way, we can preserve primary forests and be sure that no tropical rainforests have been felled to make way for plantations. The FSC quality mark was introduced in 1993 and is the global standard for responsible forest management.

Smart packaging

Throughout our supply chain, we are working to ban plastic as transport packaging. Instead, we use recycled paper and/or FSC certified cardboard and paper. We remain keen on opportunities to make ourselves more sustainable. For example, we no longer use staples so we can more easily recycle the cardboard and paper after transport.

Transport itself is also becoming more and more sustainable. We package our items carefully and as efficiently as possible. That all starts during the design phase; minor changes to a design can ensure that we don’t have to pack too much ‘air’. And all those little bits of ‘air’ save a huge amount of space in boxes, on pallets, and in containers. Which means we can help the environment and minimize our costs.

In addition, we are proud to mention that we use sustainable transport, shipping with Green Fuel. This contributes to the reduction of our ecological footprint and underlines our commitment to environmental awareness in all our business processes.

Working conditions

Sustainability goes beyond climate for Hogewoning. We consider the well-being and health of people who make our products at least as important.

Many of our products are made in China and India. We work closely with our colleagues and suppliers in those countries. The colleagues in the purchasing offices keep an eye on our standards and values. They make sure that all items are of consistently high quality and made in a sustainable, fair manner.

This means, among other things, that no child labor is involved and the people who make our products can count on fair wages and decent working conditions. Thanks to our efficient working method and large-volume procurement process, we can offer high-quality products at competitive prices. If required, we can also provide our customers with the necessary information about our suppliers.

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To ensure this, our suppliers outside the Netherlands must be members of BSCI with a minimum score of C and, in exceptional cases, have a Sedex or SA8000 certification.

Hogewoning is a member of Amfori BSCI and Amfori BEPI. Amfori BSCI is an initiative of retailers and importers committed to better working conditions within the production chain. Hogewoning is an active participant in this initiative. We regularly organize quality audits at our production sites. The research reports contain recommendations on how the company can improve its working conditions (‘social standards’) or improve compliance. Where necessary, we advise and support our suppliers in this regard, so that the entire chain becomes a little more sustainable and socially responsible.

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Job satisfaction

It goes without saying that we also want to treat our colleagues at the office in a way that is both responsible and social. Here at Hogewoning, we put people first: we respect each other and offer good employment conditions and fringe benefits. As such, Hogewoning is a robust family company that is a pleasure to work for.

 

The Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct

The Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct describes the basic principles of ethical behavior and good employment practices to which our suppliers must adhere.

  • No discrimination on any grounds;
  • A fair wage, paid on time;
  • Decent working hours, with compensation for occasional overtime;
  • Safe and healthy working conditions and – where applicable – living space;
  • No child labor;
  • Special protection for young workers (no danger to their health or development, no night work or working hours that limit their opportunity for education);
  • Workers may associate or join a union;
  • Employers obtain accident insurance for employees and provide adequate medical facilities and protective clothing where necessary;
  • Employees know in advance the nature of their work, what their rights are, their working hours and the corresponding salary. This is recorded in a legally valid employment contract;
  • No forced labor, human trafficking, physical or mental abuse;
  • Protection of the environment, the living community and natural resources;
  • Employers and companies do not engage in corruption, bribery, forgery or extortion.

Source: Amfori.org

Hogewoning has signed the Code of Conduct and our suppliers must also support the Code of Conduct.

Charities

Hogewoning contributes a portion of its net profits to local and international charities. The Hogewoning Foundation plays an important role in this. We select foundations and initiatives that are committed to helping people, animals, and the environment. We choose foundations and initiatives that do something for people, animals and the environment. For years, for example, we have supported the World Wildlife Fund, Doctors Without Borders, the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Dorcas and De Brug, with a financial contribution.

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We consciously invest a lot of time and money in the sustainability of our own supply chain and operations, and we think it is important that this also happens in other sectors.

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