Ukhuni’s belief is that sustainability is measured within the framework of the triple bottom line, going beyond the traditional measure of profit, return on investment and shareholder value to include both environmental and social dimensions. Profits, people and the planet are considered in equal measure.
Ukhuni has committed to sustainability by engaging both employees and customers in sustainable practices in order to improve their environments, utilise resources efficiently and effectively, and create sustainable workspaces for customers.
Short and long term goals are based on the four core objectives:
- Sustainable product design
- Energy management
- Waste management and recycling
- Social responsibility
Ukhuni has prioritised the environment by allocating budget to a number of initiatives, which ensure that the business is run and product produced in a sustainable way. These initiatives include:
Ukhuni has implemented a transport system for its staff. This eliminates the need for multiple taxis and routes, thereby reducing overall transport emissions. As this service is dedicated to the staff alone, it is far more reliable than public transport, and prevents lengthy waits at taxi ranks.
Ukhuni has set up its own waste management company, called Thusong, for the handling and recycling of waste and product scrap. The service has been extended to other customers in the Wynberg area.
Ukhuni has a management system for the consumption of electricity, water and compressed air. This system has reduced use of these resources by approximately 15% over the past 18 months.
All of Ukhuni’s brand collateral and gifting is ‘green’, and supports local initiatives.
Ukhuni follows Australian Eco-Label and European Greenery Standards.
Board products used are compliant with Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, and rated E1. These are the highest standards worldwide for green-rated board based products.
Ukhuni uses ABS edging products, which are manufactured from recycled materials, and are, in turn, recyclable. These are applied with water-based adhesives as opposed to catalyst-based adhesives, a practice which eliminates emissions.
All metal and aluminium components are recyclable.
The substantial lifespan of Ukhuni’s product ranges also has a positive effect on the environment.