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By Nic Ledoux on 10/13/2020

The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) names the furniture industry’s top scoring retailers in sustainable wood practices to its 2020 Wood Furniture Scorecard  on Thursday.

To mark the announcement, a panel discussion with representatives from several of the Top Score awarded companies will be moderated by SFC Ambassador Laura Hodges in an online webinar, Oct. 15, 12 – 1pm ET. 

Published annually, the Wood Furniture Scorecard started in 2018 as an assessment of only the largest retailers. For this year’s edition, mid-sized and smaller dealers are included.

The 2020 list recognizes 14 companies for the Top Score designation, 12 in the High Score category, and four receiving an Honorable Mention.  

Those earning Top Score with at least 18 out of the total 31 points include mebl FurnitureSimblyCisco HomeWilliams-Sonoma GroupCrate and Barrelre.dwell, and Vermont Woods Studio. Mass retailers Target and IKEA North America are among the larger companies named to the 2020 list.

Qualifying retailers are selected by the SFC and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for assessment.

Criteria for earning Top Score recognition include having a robust wood sourcing policy available in the public domain, demonstrating policy implementation, and effectively promoting the preservation of forest ecosystems. 

In 2020, SFC and NWF placed greatest emphasis on recognizing improvements.  

“In many cases, participants only adopted a policy when the program was initiated in 2018,” says Susan Inglis, SFC Executive Director. “Establishing the policy is an important first step, but implementing it well is what will make the difference in forest preservation.” 

“This initiative helps to draw attention to the global need for healthy forests,” she adds. “The forest is a resource for materials needed to make furniture, but it also serves to stabilize climate, keep our water sources clean, and reduce species extinction.”

The Wood Furniture Scorecard assesses retailers regardless of their SFC membership status. 

Top scoring companies are awarded a badge to use for marketing purposes, signaling to consumers and industry professionals their commitment to sustainable wood practices.  

Thursday’s online webinar is part of the SFC’s October High Point Market event series. Registration is required to participate. 

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a member-based organization committed to improving sustainability in the furnishings industry.  

About the Sustainable Furnishings Council: Sustainable Furnishings Council is dedicated to promoting healthy environments inside and outside, providing the most comprehensive information on environmental, safety and health issues in the industry and championing initiatives that improve products and processes. The SFC and its qualifying members respond to environmental and social issues and offer specific information to consumers, the media and other partners. The SFC is the authoritative source to help companies “green as they grow.”

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