JPA are an independent second-generation family business, passionate about the environment and community. They are proud Patrons of the Herts Chamber of Commerce and active supporter of the #KeepingtheHeartinHerts campaign, promoting and supporting local Hertfordshire businesses.
They specialise in sustainable planning and refurbishing of office, educational, hospitality, healthcare and hospitality environments fostering engagement, productivity and user wellbeing.
As we plan for return to work, is it time for organisations to re-think the environments we are creating of our staff and the impact we are having on the planet?
JPA take a holistic approach to furniture supply – it’s so much more than simply the furniture provided. Every aspect of the business is aimed at reducing the carbon impact of their products, services and operation with a view to achieving Carbon Zero by 2030.
JPA address each operational area to ensure the least carbon impact and most positive social impact as a result of its activity. They operate locally and champion environmental products, services and operation.
This benefits for Clients are the reduced Carbon Impact of their refurbishment works including Carbon Neutral Delivery and Installation, Zero Waste and Zero to Landfill.
JPA are leading the way in the furniture industry with external certification as a Carbon Reduction and, Carbon Neutral organisation. This underpins Hertfordshire’s green growth ambitions and also the UN SDGs of Sustainable Cities, Climate Action and Responsible Production and Consumption.
ISO14001 and FISP:
JPA have been certified to IS014001 since 2010 and to FISP (the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme) since 2008.
FISP is much broader than the environmental systems, EMAS & ISO14001 standards. All organisations seeking FISP must demonstrate how the 3 pillars of sustainability are embedded within their organisation.
FISP is an independently certified sustainability programme tailored to the needs of the Furniture Industry supply chain, promoting best practise to drive social, economic and environmental change, via continual improvement of member’s business operations. It is the benchmark for sustainable practices in the UK furniture industry and widely referenced by procurement teams and furniture specifiers within sustainable procurement policies.
JPA’s Fiona Edwards has been an active member of the FISP Steering Committee for the last three years.
Products are sourced from ethical and sustainable supply chains with product eligible for Ska points for sustainable building refurbishments. Timber is from well managed forests. Products have continuity of parts for many years to come and are manufactured for disassembly at end of life.
JPA underwrite warranties of all items supplied providing an on-site support service as and when needed. They also run repair and refurbishment services enabling clients to manage existing furniture resources more efficiently and cost-effectively, keep them in operation for longer, wasting less and maximising original investment.
JPA have taken steps to ensure a sustainable and ethical supply chain. Basic minimum criteria include ISO9001 for process control, ISO14001 for Environmental Management, FISP for sound Social and Environmental performance and FSC or PEFC for responsibly sourced timber from well managed forests. Evidence of commitment to eliminating Modern Slavery via policies and documentation, commitment to Equal Opportunities, Inclusion and payment of the Real Living Wage are also requested.
Carbon Neutral Installations:
JPA are an externally certified Carbon Reduction Organisation and a Certified Carbon Neutral organisation. This recognises their continuous drive to reduce carbon within their operation and means that there is zero carbon cost for all JPA deliveries, site visits and project work.
Locality Lowers Scope 3 Emissions:
JPA operate locally to their clients with head office and warehousing in St Albans. The majority of JPA’s clients are based less than an hour away so service visits can be quickly accommodated within existing carbon costs as resources are already in the area. JPA sales teams commute largely via public transport.
Eliminating Furniture Waste:
JPA work with clients to maximise existing furniture investment through a full range of repair, refresh and reupholstery services. They can also organise, supply and fit spare parts to keep furniture in use for longer and areas fully operational for their occupants.
If furniture really can’t be repaired or re-used, JPA will collect it for recycling, often backfilling vehicles to further keep emissions low. Certificates can be requested which illustrate the landfill and co2e kg saved.
To date JPA have eliminated over 25,104 furniture items from landfill, eliminating some 584 landfill tons and saving the equivalent of 788 carbon tons.
JPA wrapping materials are manufactured with recycled content and are themselves re-used or recycled after use – nothing goes to landfill.
Furniture Re-Use and Community Rehoming:
Where redundant furniture cannot be used on site, JPA seek to re-home furniture locally in the community transporting items to their new home and saving community organisations valuable funds. Local organisations that JPA have supported include Oaklands College, Rothamsted Enterprises, BRE, The Living Room, Lister Hospital, Barnet Community and Young Barnet, organisations. To date, over 4490 unwanted furniture items have been rehomed by JPA in the community, saving the equivalent of £545,000 in furniture spend enabling valuable funds to be diverted to other vital resources.
Working with Like Minded Companies
JPA work with like minded companies of all types and sizes, seeking to improve the environmental and social impact of their organisations and can be contact on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01772 840800
Award Winning Sustainability Recognition
JPA are past winners of the Inspiring Herts Green Award, the Edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Social Sustainability and Community Development and the Sustainable Cities Award for Managing Resources including the overall Sir Peter Parker award. Winners of the Inspiring Herts Green Award in 2019, and finalists the same award in 2020/12. Most proud of our Inspiring Herts, Hertfordshire Heroes nomination for 2021.