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Global Furniture Warranty
A History of SuccessFounded in Canada in 1966, The Global Group is one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of quality business furniture in the world. Our facilities include more than 40 just-in-time manufacturing and product assembly plants, plus offices, showrooms and distribution facilities.
The EnvironmentAt Global we're proud of our pledge to maintain a clean environment. We have long established environmental programs throughout our plants and offices to sustain our 'earth friendly' commitment. The people at Global take every opportunity to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Limited Lifetime WarrantyGlobal warrants its products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the original end user owns the product or 25 years in the case of a corporate end user. Some time limits apply to certain parts and components. For detailed conditions, refer to the Global current published Price List.
This warranty covers the following product categories:
Global Environmental InformationLong before governments issued regulations protecting the environment and many years before the introduction of ISO 14001, (The International Environmental Standard) the people at Global were demonstrating a profound respect for the environment through a series of practical and innovative activities.
Our motive behind these activities was as straightforward then as it is today. Simply speaking, it is the right thing to do.
Some of our environmental initiatives include:
At Global, caring about the environment isn't just an impulse, it's a mandate.
Chrome PlatingGlobal's chrome plating facility is a showcase for environmentally-friendly waste management.
Not only is this facility fully automated to control water purity, all chemicals are monitored by a micro-processor. This ensures minimum waste and a consistent bath chemistry. A consistent bath chemistry maximizes the life of the solution, minimizes contaminants and keeps the discharge well below recommended limits. Continuous monitoring by highly trained staff and state-of-the-art electronic equipment keep mechanical and chemical solutions at optimal operating levels.
Why is this important? The water that comes out at the end of our plating process is as clean as the water that comes from your taps.
ChlorofluorocarbonsAs you know, a protective filter known as the ozone layer surrounds the earth and acts as a barrier from the sun's harmful rays. Almost every spring since 1982, massive holes in the ozone are detected in the Antarctic. Scientists now agree that Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) have been a major contributor to this hole and the further depletion of the ozone layer. In response to this impending crisis, the Canadian government's "Montreal Protocol" established 1996 as the deadline for the elimination of the use of CFC's and was adopted internationally as a target date.
At Global, we were cheering the government's efforts. Why? Because we had already recognized the dangerous environmental impact of CFC's. As a matter of fact, we had eliminated their use from our foam molding plant in 1993! In doing so, we were one of the first manufacturers of molded foam in North America to institute ozone-friendly processes.
At Global, we continue to lead the way with new earth-friendly technologies.
Metal FinishingSince 1991, Global has used a powder paint coating process to produce beautiful finishes on chair and panel frames, filing products and storage cabinets. Powder coating provides a high quality finish with excellent chemical and corrosion resistance. It is also environmentally friendly.
PackagingWe think about protecting the environment even while we're protecting our products!
All companies use shipping cartons and various kinds of packaging to protect their products during transport and storage … and Global is no exception. At Global, however, we are committed to using only recycled cardboard for our shipping cartons. To be classified as "recycled," according to Environment Canada's Environmental Choice program, a product must contain at least 50 % recycled material. Did we meet the government's guidelines? Once again, we exceeded them! Global's shipping cartons contain at least 80% recycled material. That's not all… Here are some other ways that Global's packaging programme preserves our environment:
Continuous Improvement ISO 14000 The environmental counterpart to ISO 9000 quality management systems is ISO 14000. This is an international standard for the implementation and operation of an Environmental Management System (EMS). Like ISO 9000, it requires a commitment to continuous improvement through a cycle of environmental initiatives. This programme mandates that Global achieves the specific objectives that it sets for itself.
Recycling WasteFrom chair bases and seat pans to pencil trays, Global manufactures a wide variety of plastic and wood products using recycled materials. This recycled material comes from our very own recycling facility, RT Technologies.
Since 1989, RT Technologies has been a unique recycling facility. By utilizing a patented process of mixing together plastic waste and wood scraps from various Global plants, we have been able to divert 7.3 metric tonnes of plastic and wood waste per day from landfill sites and recycle them into usable office furniture.
What is worth noting is that RT Technologies uses over 80% recycled material for all of its processes and that the products they make can be recycled again!
Today, Global not only recycles tons of plastic and wood waste from its own facilities, it recycles waste for other companies as well!
Global Waste Reduction PlanThe Global Group's Office of Environmental Management has worked diligently for many years on waste reduction programmes. We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Every year we adopt new technologies that will divert more waste away from landfills and toward useful applications.
Our track record is impressive … Global currently recycles close to 95% of the waste materials it generates each year. This means that less than 5% of the total waste generated by Global ends up in landfill! And we are committed to reducing that amount by at least another 5% in the upcoming year.
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