The Joinery

Handmade Furniture

Portland, Oregon

United States

thejoinery.com

About The Joinery

Most furniture purchased today will have a date with a landfill within a decade. Contrast that with the lifetime warranty on all residential furniture from The Joinery, an Oregon manufacturer of handcrafted hardwood furniture since 1982. In its 20,000 square foot Portland woodshop and showroom, The Joinery’s talented artisans create pieces that are as beautiful as they are durable, using classic joinery construction techniques, sustainably harvested wood, and natural oil finishes. Each piece of furniture is signed by its builder. This level of ownership is a source of pride and signals a deep commitment to each and every piece.

We became a B Corporation because we found it a perfect fit for our ethos. Our fellow members are a source of both education and inspiration for adding value to our community, while at the same time we have the chance to help other businesses learn from our 30-plus years experience in making sustainability a natural part of good business.

The Change We Seek®

For The Joinery’s skilled designers and master craftsmen, there is a clear relationship between form, function, material choice and sustainable practices. The overwhelming majority of lumber used in its products is locally sourced, certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, or both.

No wood scraps or sawdust are ever sent to the landfill. All scrap wood is recycled into new products or donated to area woodworking programs. One symbol of this commitment is the company’s annual Metamortise Award, which honors the employee who designs and builds the most innovative piece of furniture from leftover lumber.

An advanced dust collection system reclaims every speck of sawdust; an on-premises compacting machine turns it all into wood briquettes that the company donates to the community.

The Joinery boasts solar panels on its manufacturing operation and purchases wind power credits for 100% of its remaining electricity needs. Its delivery truck runs on biofuel, and it has installed high-efficiency lightning throughout its shop and showrooms to further reduce energy needs.

With a good deal of the low-hanging fruit already plucked, The Joinery created a sustainability team to drive the next round of innovation in its product and processes.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2010
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
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55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Dedicated staff member to oversee social and environmental performance

Workers: Provides above market compensation; Majority of job openings are filled internally

Community: Requires specific social and environmental criteria from suppliers; Favors local suppliers; Donates >5% of profits to charity; Services aid non-profits and the disabled

Environment: All facilities in previously constructed establishments and near public transit; Environment factored in to product design; Maximizes use of energy from renewable sources; In top 10% of industry in resource and waste efficiency

2014 Best for the World Environment

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