Since our founding in 1982, The Joinery has worked to be environmentally responsible and community minded. The impact of those efforts has been good enough to be recently named to the Oregon Business “100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon.” Exactly where The Joinery falls among the 33 companies ranked in the Small Company category won’t be unveiled until May 27, but we are proud to have made the list. In a state as environmentally progressive as Oregon, this award is particularly welcome.
We are also honored to be named to the B Corporation “Best for the Environment” list for the third consecutive year, honoring those B Corps throughout the world that are doing the most on the environmental front.
Worldwide, over 1200 companies are Certified B Corporations, demonstrating rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The Joinery is one of only 116 B Corps across five continents to make the “Best for the Environment” list, so we’re in pretty select company.
Our CEO Jon Blumenauer, who acquired The Joinery in 2013, feels the recognition is but a harbinger of bigger things to come. “The awards are a meaningful validation of our efforts to date, but I am even more excited about where we are going.”
The company is in the midst of a sustainability effort that directly involves every employee. “The level of engagement from our team has been great,” said Blumenauer. “Employees are already generating ideas that will really help us move forward. Much of the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked, so further improvement in our environmental performance will require innovation, and I love the ideas coming forward.”
From the lumber we source to the power we use to the sawdust we recycle to the kind of long-lived furniture we build, we’re looking for every opportunity to optimize our environmental performance. You can read about several of our current sustainability practices here on our website, but stay tuned as we unveil innovative new programs later this year!