BEING RESPONSIBLE, IS IN OUR ROOTS!
Standards and affiliationsMake a choice that says you care. Choose Boa-Franc quality.
Boa-Franc was the first North American hardwood flooring manufacturer to be part of the ISO 9000 family. In accordance to this standard, Boa-Franc controls the manufacturing of its products at every step—raw materials selection to finished product delivery. Boa-Franc holds ISO 9001 certification, meaning we are able to deliver superior quality products that will satisfy all our customers.
We are actively involved with a number of associations and organizations in the wood industry. We meet and exceed the following standards and principles:
Commitment to the environment
EnvironmentOur corporate values and strategies have been geared toward sustainable development from the very beginning, well before protecting the environment ever acquired the urgency it has today.
Our corporate values and strategies have been geared toward sustainable development from the very beginning, well before protecting the environment ever acquired the urgency it has today. We are concerned about the planet and its resources, we want to contribute to community economic development, and we are more committed than ever to securing the best possible quality of life for our fellow citizens, today and tomorrow.
Our commitment to sustainable development is reflected in our careful selection of responsible wood suppliers, ongoing funding for reforestation, scrap recovery initiatives, use of nontoxic products in our manufacturing processes, and continuous innovation in the research and development of tomorrow’s products.
Wood is the only construction material that’s renewable and biodegradable. It’s also a superior construction material.
Boa-Franc contributes to sustainable development in many ways.
Recycling at our plant: To ensure optimal use of all our materials, we also repurpose glue and finish drums for use in our production facilities and plant. In addition to making our own stacking sticks out of wood waste, we also reuse them.
Recycled packaging materials: For more than 30 years, we have recycled and reused over 500,000 packages at Boa-Franc. Thanks to our local delivery service, we have implemented a return system for wood blocks and cardboard corners used to ship merchandise within a 500 km radius.
A group effort: Each of our employees—in all our plants and offices—contributes to our recycling program in all our plants and offices. For example, the plastic and metal straps that bind together virtually all incoming materials are cut and placed in recycling bins.
Ashes make for healthy maples: The amount of ash generated is less than 0.5% of the wood burned. The ash primarily contains traces of minerals that the trees drew from the ground as they grew. These minerals correct the soil pH and act as an organic fertilizer in sugar bushes. Since it is alkaline, ash also reduces the impact of acid rain.
Given the precarious situation of raw materials, Boa-Franc has adopted concrete practices with its suppliers such as well-managed tree cutting in order to maintain a healthy environment today and for years to come.
Using each tree down to the last branch: A full 95% of every tree cut is used to make products such as construction lumber, plywood, wood chips, and sawdust. Even the bark is used in landscaping. The remaining 5% is made up of branches left in the forest to biodegrade naturally and enrich the soil, helping saplings to grow.
Careful use of forests: Few people realize that the number of trees the forest industry harvests each year is lower than the number destroyed by fire, disease, and insect pests. When we use such things as selective cutting to safeguard the forest, we actually increase the available sunlight to the soil, which promotes new tree growth and greater diversity and resilience of species.
Cutting trees to breathe easier: When trees in a forest age or become too numerous, they stop growing and start to rot, releasing carbon dioxide. When mature trees are cut for the purpose of making wood products, however, the carbon dioxide remains inside them. Reforestation with saplings begins the air filtration process all over again.
Boa-Franc controls every step of the manufacturing process, from the choice of raw materials right down to finishing. Strict monitoring standards ensure that environmental targets are met. Raw materials are handled with the utmost care throughout the manufacturing process to protect them and minimize waste. Reduce, reuse, and recycle has become our daily mantra.
An optimal program: To meet this target, we introduced the Materials Performance Improvement Program a number of years ago. Under the program, Boa-Franc has a dedicated team that seeks to improve work methods, optimize material use, and develop new manufacturing techniques to help get the most out of the resources and energy used.
- Cutting-edge equipment uses sensors to ensure optimal use of each wood plank.
- Cutting methods [dry sawing of hardwood] guarantee great-looking wood and optimal raw material use.
- The boilers that fuel our wood driers run on waste wood, considerably reducing our electricity needs and dependency on other forms of nonrenewable energy.
- T-sheds, air driers, and a weather station ensure maximum use of wind and solar energy during the hottest periods to limit the use of other energy sources.
Recycled and recyclable cartons: Boa-Franc uses recycled cartons. Needless to say, our products are as high quality as ever, and they are just as well protected as before.
Some other actions of Boa-Franc:
- Rigorous selection of responsible suppliers.
- More than 90% of the volume of local gas purchased comes from forests within 800 km of the plant to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
- Compliance with EPA TSCA Title VI Conformance Certification to control pollution caused by chemicals.
SocietyAt Boa-Franc, we believe in helping individuals and the local community to flourish. Over the years, our company and employees have donated to over 300 local organizations and more than 50 funds and foundations that fight against poverty, violence, illiteracy and illness.
At Boa-Franc, we believe in helping individuals and the local community to flourish. Over the years, our company and employees have donated to over 300 local organizations and more than 50 funds and foundations that fight against poverty, violence, illiteracy and illness.
Examples of concrete actions:
- Respecting traditional and civil rights (our wood comes from carefully managed forests)
- Introducing an occupational health and safety program
- Developing an employee equity program
- Implementing a profit-sharing policy
- Awarding student and athlete bursaries
- Supporting various causes and organizations (United Way, Compassion Center, Stetson Mansion, Princess Margaret Home Contest, Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation, The Ryan Foundation)
- Participating in local development projects
- Complying with the U.S. Lacey Act, which ensures that wood is legally harvested and does not come from endangered species
- Important donations to Quebec hospital foundations
In 2016 and 2017, Boa-Franc was recognized in Aon’s ranking and selected by its employees as Best Small and Medium Employer in Canada, Gold Level.
In 2007, Boa-Franc was named 4th Best Employer in Canada in the “50 to 399 employee category” in a survey by the Queen's School of Business.
In 2005, Best Employer Challenge ranked Boa-Franc 1st in Quebec in the “200 to 500 employee” category.
EconomyAt Boa-Franc, we believe our work processes are not truly responsible unless they also generate the profits and viability needed to spur innovation and long term prosperity.
At Boa-Franc, we believe our work processes are not truly responsible unless they also generate the profits and viability needed to spur innovation and long term prosperity.
- Becoming North America's first ISO 9001–certified hardwood flooring manufacturer
- Creating over 400 jobs in the past decade
- Establishing an extensive network of specialized dealers across North America
- Working with other economic organizations that encourage new business development
- Implementing a strategic planning process
- Introducing an integrated product development process
- Opting for value-added production
- Receiving the Jarret Technology Innovation Award
- Trade publication surveys of floor covering dealers have resulted resulting in 37 awards for excellence for Mirage over the past 10 years.
- Constantly developing new products
At Boa-Franc, we put our success to good use to:
Find new ways to preserve the environment
Foster community development by creating new jobs
Improve our workers' quality of life
Ensure our continued success, so that we may honor our exceptional warranties