Sustainability and environmental accountability
The Koren Company assimilates environmental awareness with the goal to reduce environmental damage in stores and commercial complexes.
We are members in the Green Building Council, the staff underwent special training on the subject back in 2019 in collaboration with the SID Center. We have established a library for environmentally friendly materials for use in projects, and we gradually implement design, planning, and production processes which are directed at circular economy – for example, preferring dry adhesion over gluing, so it will be possible to dismantle and recycle at the end of the product's life span.
We reduce the use of plastic as much as possible and make use of PVC planks which hold strict European standards, we use environmentally friendly paints, and when possible we print over the raw material instead of on a vinyl paper, and recently we have begun making decorative sculpturing from innovative materials which diminishes the environmental impact.
We aspire to implement in local projects the field of green retailing which is gaining momentum around the world, and act to raise awareness on the issue among our clients, (see a lecture of Lior Koren on the issue at the 2020 Retail Conference, and a lecture on sustainability in supermarkets published in 'Legit' Magazine). Among the relevant topics: implementation of green building in commercial complexes, reducing food waste, reducing packaging, cessation of the use of disposable plastic, promoting the sale of "ugly fruit and vegetables" in supermarkets, promoting visibility and performance of fresh fruit and vegetable categories over harmful foods categories, and more. We are equipped to offer green building consulting as part of the overall service.
We will be happy to collaborate with entrepreneurs and retailers who are interested in implementing sustainability in the commercial complexes they own, or to promote new projects in the field together. The company has a great deal of knowledge on the issue, a true desire to promote the issue in Israel, and a familiarity with what is being done in supermarkets and stores overseas (unfortunately, still not enough in Israel…). Come work with us on how to take your business forward on this so important issue.
And… it goes without saying that we recycle paper and waste in the office, avoid disposable plastic containers, use recycled paper, we have moved on to economical lighting, and take into account pollution and fuel consumption when selecting the company's vehicles.
Contributing to the community
Koren contributes on a regular basis to non-profit organizations and various associations. The company's staff volunteers at least once a year in sorting agricultural produce (at "Leket Israel"), or in renovating centers for disadvantaged populations. The last center which was voluntarily renovated was an at-risk youth center of the "Kadima" Organization in Pardes Katz. In light of the success of the project, we were asked by the organization to renovate another center that year in the Shapira neighborhood at cost. The company's staff customarily donates festive food baskets for Purim, and coordinates equipment drives for the needy, on a regular basis.