We have identified three key areas of focus: urbanization, aging population and resource scarcity. All three give our drive for sustainability a concise purpose and allow us to develop solutions that are designed to actively contribute, thus directly addressing some of the related and quickly growing society challenges.
Urbanization - Mega Cities, Mega Challenges
Tomorrow’s city infrastructures will have to be reorganized to provide the conditions for safe and healthy living environments and well-being for all, while matching increasingly dense traffic flows not only on city streets and in public transport but also inside buildings where most people will spend over 90% of their time.
Well aware of these challenges we have developed unique flooring solutions that help to improve indoor air quality, absorb dust and keep bacteria at bay. Slip resistant flooring and the use of colour provides better safety and helps people to find their way in ever bigger and complex building structures, while creating pleasant and inspiring spaces for the benefit of improved well-being for all.
City infrastructures will have to be reorganized to match increasingly dense traffic flows, not only on city streets but also inside buildings and on public transport.
To know more about Yama Karim’s view on urbanization, read the 2014 Activity and Sustainability report.
To know more about our Tarkett Expert's view, Diane Martel, on urbanization, read the 2014 Activity and Sustainability report.
Aging Population - When the exception becomes the rule
With life expectancy on the rise almost everywhere in the world the age pyramid is evolving rapidly. The number of people over 60 is likely to double from now on to account for 21% of the global population or roughly 1.9 billion people by 2050, with 19% projected to live to the age of 80 and beyond – three times today’s number.
Our intimate and in depth understanding of the health- and aged care needs has helped us to develop age specific flooring solutions for many years. Thus in 2014, Tarkett launched “FloorInMotion”, a connected flooring solution, capable to detect movement and falls. The solution is designed to instantly alert personnel in caring facilities and monitor patient day and night activities.
Helping elderly people maintain their independence is vital not only for the well-being of individuals and their families but also for public finances.
To know more about Frédéric Serrière’s view on population aging, read the 2014 Activity and Sustainability report.
To know more about our Tarkett Expert's view, Cindy Hubbell, on population aging, read the 2014 Activity and Sustainability report.
Resource Scarcity - Increased Consumption, diminishing resources
With an estimated 9 billion people living on earth by 2050, 3 billion new middle class consumers will have joined the ranks of eager consumers by 2050. They will size their newly acquired wealth to consume not only more products and services but also water and energy putting an additional burden on the planet’s already scarce resources.
It is now that we will have to imagine new ways to produce and to consume in order to preserve the equal rights for all to benefit from the resources our plant has to offer by adopting on a large and global scale the principles of the circular economy. Thus intelligently designed products are turned into resources at the end of their usage life cycle, replenishing the resources they once tapped into to be produced.
Creatitivity could eventually lead to endless reuse of our scarce resources while improving people’s well-being and health.
Co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy
To know more about Michael Braungart’s view on resource scarcity, read the 2014 Activity and Sustainability report.
To know more about our Tarkett Expert's view, Anne-Christine Ayed, on resource scarcity, read the 2014 Activity and Sustainability report.