Today more than 30% of the staff at PP Møbler are women. This has changed through time, as the staff of the 50’s and 60’s counted no women. Cabinetmaking and upholstery were traditionally male dominated fields of expertise, but this has changed. Today we have women involved in practically every aspect of our business.
We consider skills more important than sex, gender, religion or ethnic origin. Our production depends heavily on the thriving of individual enthusiasm and team spirit, so it is important to create a safe work environment, where everyone feels welcome and included.
We heat our workshop with waste wood from our production, saving at least 40 tons of CO2 emissions each year. Because trees absorb the same amount of CO2 when they grow as they release when they decay or burn, wood is CO2 neutral as a source for energy.
We buy our electricity from Norwegian hydropower plants. Therefore, our total energy consumption for our basic operations is CO2 neutral.
Our biggest expenses are by far salaries. As we rely heavily on the consolidation of experience, it is important that we make sure that our staff has a good salary that makes it worth the efforts to carry on.
Many of our fields of expertise has been under pressure since the 2nd wave of industrialisation struck in the 1970’s. Because we spend so much time on each product, our salaries are modest compared to Danish standards, but still, they are decent and support a Danish standard of living.
Our business grows organically, and we gradually implement improvements to our facilities to make sure that the working environment is optimal.
Crafts embrace those who are into books and higher education and those who prefer to use their hands. And though craftsmanship sometimes can be quite scientific and involve complex problem solving, the core of any craft is still the hands work, and therefore all types of competencies are needed.
It is a fundamental virtue for PP to encourage the development of skilled craftsmanship. We hope that our work will impact the overall level of skills in craftsmanship both locally and globally.
Also, we encourage our most senior employees to stay with us beyond retirement age, as long as they are happy keeping their job, and we take as many apprentices as our production facilities can support.
One of the main focus areas of PP is the continuing efforts to expand the lifespan of our products as much as possible. In respect of the natural resources that are involved in the process of making, we have an obligation to do whatever possible to make products that will last.
It’s not that we think upcycling unimportant. We prefer to create products worth keeping for generations that are restorable for re-use over and over again.
We strongly believe that products that are close to humans in everyday life, such as furniture, should be made from as natural materials as possible. The use of synthetic and petrochemical materials on the contrary should be limited to the most critical necessities. For this reason, we constantly work to improve and develop our techniques and sources for natural materials.
All our wood is sourced from sustainable forests that replant and protect the forest area from clearing. Most of our wood comes from Denmark and Germany, where the general forest growth is bigger than the harvest, so the total amount of forest is growing.
In addition, we have established a new forest in our local area.
We strongly support the institutions of the free society. We have a very good long-standing working relationship with the labour union, and though we are technical counterparts, we always strive to find agreement and consent.
As a company, we acknowledge our responsibility towards society and the environment, and we take an active part in strengthening the institutions that are here to protect the valuable structures and resources that we rely on.