level™ certification, based on the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014 furniture sustainability standard, sets furniture manufacturers on a path toward greater sustainability over time. Based on environmental and social criteria set forth in the standard, a product’s entire supply chain is assessed.
Certification assessment includes an evaluation of specific corporate policies and guidelines and an assessment of associated company manufacturing facilities. Products must meet quantifiable milestones of environmental and social performance at every step of development.
The quantitative assessment addresses four categories: material use, energy and atmosphere impacts, human and ecosystem health and social responsibility.
Manufacturers earn points in each of the four categories. The level™ brand and its numeric rating of 1, 2 or 3 indicate what threshold of certification a product has achieved. level™ 3 is the highest rating.
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FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
The FSC® certification allows Global Contract Inc. to supply products made of wood that come from FSC® certified forests and other responsible sources through a chain of custody (COC). Global Contract Inc. further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability by sourcing wood from responsibly managed forests.
Our goal is to increase our FSC® certified manufacturing facilities and eliminate unwanted wood sources. Our commitment is demonstrated through our wood policy.
Global (Hospitality) has recently become the only furniture manufacture to-date to be certified under the hospitality’s Green Key program. Global products can now contribute to a hotels operating and sustainable ratings helping them garner higher eco-ratings.
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance.
Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, hoteliers are awarded a 1-5 Green Key rating and provided with guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs through reduced utility consumption, employee training, and supply chain management.
The GREENGUARD mark means that a product has been tested using stringent environmental chamber methods and found to meet GREENGUARD’s Indoor Air Quality Standards. GREENGUARD Certified Products are low emitting and contribute minimal levels of pollutants to indoor environment.
What customers will look for in Certified Products:
- VOC Emissions vs. VOC content
- Has the product been tested in the last 12 months?
- Has the product been proven to emit acceptable levels of VOC’s and formaldehyde?
- Is the product readily available?
- Is the product competitively priced?
- Has the product received independent third-party certification?
- Buildings are LEED certified
- Products are GREENGUARD certified
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.
ISO 14001 is an international environmental management system which assures our customers that they are buying products from a company that cares about the environment, enhances the company’s image and saves money.
ISO 45001 is the internationally recognized standard for the occupational health and safety management system. ISO 45001 has been designed to be compatible with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 to help organizations voluntarily meet their health and safety obligations in an efficient manner.