The National Wildlife Federation and the Sustainable Furnishings Council announce the release of the 2020 Wood Furniture Scorecard, a comprehensive assessment of wood sourcing policies at nearly 100 furniture retailers in North America on October 15, 2020.
Analysis of 94 companies this year shows that companies’ actions on their timber supply policies and implementation have continued to improve significantly. Of the 94 companies reviewed in 2020, 13 achieved top scores, 13 scored high scores, and four received honorable mentions. A few are really leading the way in terms of sustainable development for the furniture industry: mebl Furniture, Simbly, Cisco Home, and the Williams-Sonoma group.
âSustainable Furnishings Council is dedicated to helping furniture consumers find the most environmentally friendly furniture that we know they would prefer,â said Susan Inglis, Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. âThe future health of everyone depends on the health of the forests, so it is essential to direct customers to wood from sustainable sources. Working with furniture retailers to improve their sourcing policies is good for their business development as well as for the satisfaction of their customers. This year, more companies than ever have engaged with us in the process, which certainly bodes well for our communities as well as for businesses. We at the Sustainable Furnishings Council are excited to be a resource for retailers and their customers.
“Deforestation continues to threaten critical wildlife habitats, weaken food and water supplies, and further fuel the global climate crisis,” said Barbara Bramble, vice president of international wildlife conservation and business strategies at the National Wildlife Federation. âThe National Wildlife Federation believes that consumers have a critical role to play in ending deforestation, and we are committed to educating consumers and businesses about the importance of sourcing sustainable products. Through responsible purchasing choices, consumers can help protect the forests and wildlife that depend on these important ecosystems.
The scorecard is in its third iteration and continues to feature new retailers every year. Even with the new challenges facing the furniture industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies than ever have demonstrated their commitment to responsible wood sourcing and fostering a future more sustainable by participating in the 2020 wooden furniture dashboard.
This year’s scorecard aims to increase the ambition of companies to create strong sustainable wood sourcing policies by raising awareness of best practices for responsible wood sourcing, supporting the progress of companies working to advance their policies and recognizing leadership within the furniture industry. It is no longer enough for companies to simply say they have policies in place. Rather, this year’s scorecard highlights tangible and achievable mechanisms companies have in place to ensure sustainable wood sourcing practices throughout their supply chains.
The Wood Furniture Scorecard website gives consumers information on the sustainability of their favorite retailers and offers tips and tools for companies to improve and implement their wood sourcing policies.
About the National Wildlife Federation: The National Wildlife Federation is the largest conservation organization in the United States, uniting all Americans to ensure that wildlife thrives in a rapidly changing world. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Sustainable Furniture Council: The Sustainable Furnishings Council is dedicated to promoting healthy environments inside and out. SFC provides the most comprehensive information on environmental, safety and health issues in the furniture industry and supports initiatives that improve products and processes. The SFC and its members strive to solve sustainability and societal issues, and provide clear information to consumers, the media and other partners. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest.
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