We don’t see sustainability as a trend. For us, sustainability means treating people, the environment and nature with respect.

What, exactly, does sustainability actually mean in a company? The first thing that comes to mind probably is climate and environmental protection. But sustainable economic activities go much further. If we as a sustainable kitchen manufacturer want to develop a long-term strategy, we need to challenge all of our actions. A sustainability report which we have compiled based on the criteria of the Sustainability Code Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK) helps us do this. The report makes transparent what Nolte Küchen stands for: high quality and longevity, which lead to a sustainable use of resources, but also the appreciative relationship with our employees and suppliers have been deeply rooted in our company since its founding in 1958. Four pillars support our sustainability strategy and go way beyond what we can document with certificates.

Our commitment to responsible corporate governance

If we want to make sustainability an inherent part of our company the management needs to set a clear course. Our values provide orientation. Among them are high quality, good value for money, modern aesthetics and a sustainable product. They also include trust, reliability and continuity, which reflect in long-standing partnerships with suppliers, for example, who become a part of us through their work. This is why we need to make sure that they observe certain rules, such as the ones we have compiled in our Supplier Code. We need resilient structures and processes to meet statutory requirements and reach our goals. As a sustainable kitchen manufacturer, we also need the feedback of everyone involved to perform in such a way that you as our customer are satisfied.

Norms and certificates

European norms help us maintain high standards. DIN EN ISO 9001 regulates our quality management for development, production and sales, DIN EN ISO 50001 our energy management. We monitor our electricity consumption to see where we can save money and avoid CO2 emission. In 2010 we were the first German kitchen manufacturer with both PEFC™ and FSC®-certification for ecological, socially acceptable forestry and still have both seals today.

Norms and certificates

Stakeholder engagement

As a mid-tier company, we have a social, ecological as well as an economical responsibility. Many people – our stakeholders – have an entitlement to us doing a good job. This also includes you when you buy a kitchen! We encourage togetherness and communication in order to integrate all our interest groups and support them in the best possible way. We are also active in various industry associations.

Stakeholder engagement

Compliance and risk avoidance

A responsible and lawful behaviour is important so that we as a kitchen manufacturer have sustained success. Discrimination, human rights, data and environmental protection, corruption, price rigging, faulty products – compliance is imperative everywhere. Each area is analysed systematically. Trainings also help us avoid risks. For 2021, the year of our report, we a delighted to announce that there were no compliance infringements!

Compliance and risk avoidance

Our commitment to the environment

Global warming, the dependency on energy prices, scarce resources – these are challenges we want to master with the help of a good sustainability strategy. Already now, more than 99 per cent of the wood that we use comes from certified sources. We support suppliers with their own certification processes, keep routes of transportation as short as possible and avoid unnecessary journeys by holding meetings online, working from home or encouraging people to come to work by bike. Brochures, such as our sustainability report, are available as paperless versions. These are all little steps but they add up and are important for us as a sustainable kitchen manufacturer. Our long-term goal is to make our products climate-neutral too. We are confident that we will succeed – because as a company, we are already there!

Nolte Küchen is climate-neutral

Electricity was our major source of emission. We reduced our consumption and also switched to eco-power from renewable energies on 1 January 2021. We compensate CO2 emissions that we cannot avoid by supporting a project in Uruguay. A forest now grows where cattle used to graze. It sequesters greenhouse gases and is sustainably managed. This commitment earns us the title of climate-neutral company.

Nolte Küchen is climate-neutral

Saving energy

Having metered this, we know: although we make more kitchens today than we used to we consume less energy. We are more efficient. 99 per cent of the warmth needed comes from two boilers where we burn offcut wood. With lighting we followed the example of our kitchens, which are equipped with sustainable LEDs, and changed the lamps in our offices and factory buildings. You, too, need over 50 per cent less energy this way!

Saving energy

Resource management

On average, our particle boards include 50 per cent recycled material. The machines used for sawing are energy efficient and precise. This reduces the amount of offcut wood. Packaging our furniture we rely on thinner foil, avoiding waste and disposing of it in a proper manner. Should something get broken in the kitchen we have spare parts to repair it. After all, the best way to go easy on resources is high quality!

Resource management

Our commitment at human level

A sustainable development is possible only when there are people who contribute to it and further it with their ideas. This is why our employees are our most treasured asset and an important pillar in our sustainability strategy. Being respectful and fair with each other is very important to us and we keep a very close eye on the around 300 suppliers working for us in many countries, making sure they also abide by industrial laws and human rights. When our team is fine, when it is motivated to participate, when new trainees are eager to apply and stay with us for many years then we have done something right. A good work-life balance, health and training opportunities are among the things that, to us, constitute a sustainable kitchen manufacturer.

Health and safety

Our team needs a safe working environment. In order to maintain productivity in all areas of the company we as a manufacturer with sustainability goals need to reduce absenteeism. Everyone wins when we not only succeed in keeping our employees healthy and therefore able to work but even manage to improve their health. This we achieve by offering sports and rehabilitation programmes, ergonomic workplaces and trainings.

Health and safety

Equal opportunities for all

Nolte Küchen excludes nobody and speaks many languages. We signed the Diversity Charta Charta der Vielfalt as early as 2011. The compatibility of work and personal life contributes to equal job opportunities. Flexible worktimes, part-time arrangements and working independent of place are reasons why employees choose us as an employer. We pay union wages. This, too, is fair and facilitates happiness and productivity.

Equal opportunities for all

Qualification and training

We offer continuous training for professional advancement. Job starters find an ideal environment to kick off their career. Nolte Küchen is BEST PLACE TO LEARN® with really good facilities! We provide all sorts of classes depending on individual goals and focus and document the progress. This is also to your benefit because excellently trained, qualified employees are part of the recipe for premium, sustainable kitchen furniture.

Qualification and training

Our commitment to society

As a major employer in our region, we have been deeply rooted on the town of Löhne and its surroundings ever since 1958. Whole families have been working for us – grandparents, parents and grandchildren. This binds us together and leads to great attachment. Nolte Küchen itself is a family enterprise, already in its fourth generation today. Therefore, a diverse social commitment is a natural part of our sustainability strategy. With local and nationwide projects, we not only support our own region but also strengthen Germany as a whole. We stand by our employees, campaign for education and help children in need. In a crisis we donate money and items, which we forward to the respective recipient in a direct and need-based manner.

Nationwide donations

On the occasion of the flooding in the Ahr valley we helped those affected with monetary donations and with purchasing new kitchens. The war in Ukraine also bothers us. Via the children’s rights organisation Plan International we support refugees arriving at their place of refuge. We also promote the international activities of Kinder in Not e. V. (children in need) and back up trainees by cooperating with educational institutions.

Nationwide donations

Regional donations

We support employees by taking over the cost for language courses. With monetary donations to the company-affiliated Karin Nolte Foundation and local associations such as the Lion’s Club in Löhne we show our commitment to children and families in our region. We are happy to make our rooms in the NOLTE FORUM available to local organisations and participate in sporting activities in order to generate donations.

Regional donations

Please join in!

Acting sustainably is an ongoing process which can always be improved. And you can help us! Please send us your feedback, questions or suggestions by writing an email to sustainability@nolte-kuechen.de.

If, in addition to this, you would like to read up all the information again in more detail you can do this by downloading the entire sustainability report for 2021 right here.

Germany's most popular supplier of kitchen furniture 2022

Germany's most popular supplier of kitchen furniture 2022

The main focus of the open, representative online survey of consumers was on customer satisfaction, likelihood of recommendations and re-election for which we received high scores. A winning series as Nolte Küchen was already voted "Germany's most popular kitchen brand" in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Deutschlands beliebteste Küchenmarke

Germany's most popular kitchen brand

For the third time in succession: Germany's most popular kitchen brand. This was the result of a customer survey by the German Institute for Service Quality (DISQ). The interviewed consumers rated 14 kitchen manufacturers, and gave us the best results for product quality, design, value for money, range and brand image.

Best Place to learn

Best Place to Learn

Stands for integrity, trust and credibility and promises an above-average apprenticeship. Nolte Küchen offers young people amazing opportunities for a secure career as well as personalised options for development.

Certification to PEFC

PEFC certification is the world's largest independent certification standard that enables forest owners to commit to ecological, economical and social timber production. Its main aim is the promotion of sustainable, careful and cost-efficient forestry management.

FSC® certification

Products with this seal are made from wood from forests that are certified to internationally and nationally agreed standards of responsible forest management. FSC® stands for responsible forestry based on ecological criteria such as biodiversity and landscape conservation as well as social aspects.

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Furniture Made in Germany

"Furniture Made in Germany" - according to the RAL registration 0191, this means that the construction, assembly and quality control take place in Germany. In addition, the manufacturing process relevant for the quality has to be carried out predominantly in Germany.

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Best quality – "Golden M"

Holder of the "Golden M", a RAL quality seal that is issued by the German Furniture Quality Association. Manufacturers and furniture are tested by independent experts, who assess the quality of the furniture for durability and stability. As well as safety, health and environmental aspects, which guarantee a healthy home.

Climate neutral furniture manufacturing

Climate neutral furniture manufacturing

Nolte Küchen was recognized by the DGM as a "climate-neutral furniture manufacturer";. The aim of the climate pact is to balance, reduce & neutralize CO2 emissions. The compensation of CO2 emissions takes place through the acquisition of climate protection certificates with which we support a reforestation project in Uruguay.

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Emission class A

The RAL Emission Label provides consumers with information on pollutant emissions and is intended to protect them from health hazards. The Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel e. V. has awarded the entire Nolte Küchen range (cabinets) with the top emission class (A).

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RenewablePLUS

This certificate confirms the origin of the renewable energy electricity produced for Nolte Küchen. With RenewablePLUS, we are making an additional contribution to the further development of renewable energies which goes beyond the statutory funding.

Stiftung Allianz für Entwicklung und Klima

Alianz Foundation for Development and Climate

In order to contribute as a company to the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, Nolte Küchen supports the Alliance for Development and Climate Foundation.  The certificate confirms that Nolte Küchen is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and effectively and verifiably offsets any remaining emissions by supporting climate protection projects in developing and emerging countries.

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GS seal for tested safety

Our kitchens undergo an internal quality assessment as well as being tested by independent experts. Every five years, the quality and safety of certain programme series and products are tested to the standards of the German production safety law by TÜV Rhineland.

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Management system to ISO 9001

This TÜV Rhineland certificate confirms our efficient quality management and assures our product and service quality. The seal stands for well-designed work sequences, which we have optimised specifically to the development and manufacture of kitchens and the marketing of the same.

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Certification to DIN EN ISO 50001

With the energy management system to DIN EN ISO 50001, we are able to prove the increase in our company's energy efficiency and so reduce our energy consumption and CO2 emissions.