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Company background

Paroc Group is one of the leading insulation producers and suppliers in Finland, Sweden and the Baltics. Paroc's stone wool products include building insulation, technical and marine insulation, sandwich panels, and acoustics products. By testing and piloting various concepts, from energy saving renovations to passive houses, Paroc aims at reducing energy consumption and emissions, increasing fire and moisture safety and improving the comfort of living. Paroc's customer base is diverse, ranging from contractors, dealers, industrial builders and architects to single-family home builders.

Paroc employs over 2,000 people in 14 countries across Europe and Russia.

Paroc Group's motivation

For more than 75 years, Paroc has worked passionately to offer sustainable solutions and innovative products that enable its customers to build efficiently and with high quality. As a pioneer in the insulation industry, Paroc aims to fulfil the changing demands today’s world sets for the environments we build.

Improving the efficiency of Paroc's own production has a significant effect on the operational costs, not to mention the environmental benefits. Paroc has managed to for instance diminish its carbon footprint with energy improvements and waste recycling, and is striving to achieve a zero waste-to-landfill target.

Paroc's approach to supply chain management and product stewardship takes into account both social and economic, as well as environmental dimensions and clearly demonstrates responsibility in sourcing. The BES 6001 certification is independent confirmation by an expert third party, Building Research Establishment (BRE), which provides Paroc with the ability to prove that an effective system for ensuring responsible sourcing exists. Such an external endorsement is considered to generate added credibility and leverage.

Certification process

Paroc initially started the sustainable supply chain process by including its own quarries in ISO Certification in late 2013. During 2014 the company took the next step by including external suppliers in its own certification scheme.

Third party audits were carried out by BRE during spring 2015 across Paroc's production facilities in Parainen, Finland; Vilnius, Lithuania and Trzemeszno, Poland to ensure that Paroc complies with all of the compulsory elements of BES6001. By May 2015 the process was complete and Paroc Group secured a ‘Good’ BES 6001 certified rating for all its European sites for the production of thermal insulation.

Customer benefits

A great advantage for contractors and building owners is that BES 6001 provides, at no additional expense, notable support in obtaining the credits available in the Responsible Sourcing of Materials (RSM) sections of BREEAM. Paroc mineral wool insulation is certified according to BES 6001 ‘Good', which can provide customers with 4 credits under Mat 3 – responsible sourcing, New construction - Non Domestic Building.

BES 6001 certification can also assure customers looking for independent third party certified assurance, that the supply chains they are using are responsible.

Beatrice Rantanen, Director of Environment, Health and Safety in Paroc Group, says:

 “We have always taken our environmental responsibilities very seriously and the BES 6001 certification is one more way of proving our dedication. Responsible sourcing demands show our suppliers that environmental awareness is a prerequisite when cooperating with us."