Choose wisely, recycle thoughtfully, reuse whenever possible
Commitments are far easier to keep when their purpose lays at the heart of a central belief or pillar of your business. We know and understand that our business will inevitably have an impact on our environment, whether it be at the primary production end of the supply chain or during the design and selection stage. There are choices presented to us as a business and to our clients with whom we consult and of course, for whom we create and supply furniture solutions.
In fact, we know that many of our existing clients, and those businesses we hope to work with in the future, feel the same way and actively seek to partner with those that take action to minimise harmful environmental impacts.
That’s why our commitment is to work with clients, authorities and other interested parties to continue to eliminate, reduce or substitute products, lower the environmental impacts and offer products approved by both GECA and AFRDI.
What does that look like?
Putting our words into action on environmental wellbeing
Demonstrating your commitment to the preservation of something as all-encompassing as the environment can be difficult due to the challenge of sheer size and scope. So, we decided to focus on our direct areas of influence: the careful selection of materials and choosing products not only for their function and aesthetic, but for their longevity and durability. Our recommended furniture solutions:
- Avoid hazardous materials and processes
- Minimise the use of materials and energy
- Demonstrate versatility, meeting the demands of changing needs
- Feature products certified by GECA and AFRDI Standard 150 that can maximise Green Star ratings
- Source timber components from sustainable regrowth plantations with FSC certification, where possible
Social responsibility and supporting local
Businesses, jobs and people need us as much as we need them, and we’re happy to give back
Gratitude for the solid business relationships that we’ve built, and built on, over the past three decades is an everyday motivator to contribute, give back and continue to benefit those with whom we’ve enjoyed success. We rely on the expertise and experience of selected partners from primary and secondary manufacturing, design, transport and logistics to help deliver quality to our valued clients. It is important to us to do what we can to support partnerships and relationships both locally and further afield, in sustainable Victorian regions. From labour hire to freight services, we are doing our part to support local businesses as well as working relationships throughout the state.
Within our own business, we encourage all qualified and fit-for-training applicants to start, develop and succeed in a career with ecf & HFA. As an equal opportunity employer, we pride ourselves on seeking out and identifying talented, dedicated people who are keen to help us make a difference for our clients by being a part of our solutions ecosystem. In addition, we avidly support professional development and actively seek out opportunities for improvement, with the same enthusiasm with which we refine and optimise the solutions we offer to our clients.
When it comes to supporting the wider community as we love to do, we realised that we couldn’t do it all ourselves – no one can. But instead, we’re grateful for the opportunities to support people and organisations in need through community pillars such as the Lions Club, Rural Aid and the RSPCA. By donating ex-showroom furniture, fabric to playgroups, funds and organising events, our support programs focus on the practical and effective initiatives because we enjoy making a difference.
Prioritising workplace health & safety
Putting people first – ours, yours and theirs – is an everyday commitment
We care about providing superior service to our valued clients – we always have and we always will. A big part of that commitment is embracing our responsibility to employees, contractors, the general public and our clients, to provide a safe and healthy work environment. To achieve this goal, we focus on the improvement and maintenance of our health and safety performance which starts with identifying and eliminating risk.
Our 5-step approach to this important goal ensures that: