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Furniture maker wins forestry Leadership Award

November 26, 2015
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A furniture maker has been recognized as a “conservation champion” for its commitment to responsible forestry.

Zeeland-based Herman Miller received the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, Leadership Award for its longstanding commitment to manufacturing with wood sourced from responsibly managed forests.

The award was handed out last week at the second-annual FSC Leadership Awards reception, which took place in Washington, D.C. at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

The event recognizes companies and individuals who demonstrate excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and the commitment to responsible forest management.

Wood stewardship

Herman Miller said it's dedicated to reducing environmental impacts by protecting against deforestation and forest degradation.

The company began its association with FSC in 2007, when customers had the option to request FSC-certified materials in their wood products.

In 2009, FSC-certified laminate products became available upon request through Herman Miller Options.

The company later expanded its FSC-certified product offerings to include metal storage products with wood components.

By 2013, many of Herman Miller’s standard products were FSC certified.

“We’re seeing increasing customer demand for products carrying the FSC claim, so we continue to challenge our suppliers and expand our list of FSC-certified products,” said Gabe Wing, director of safety and sustainability, Herman Miller.

Wing added that Herman Miller has been instituting environmentally friendly practices since the 1950s.

Forest Stewardship Council

The FSC’s mission is to promote the "environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management" of the world’s forests.

The nonprofit noted that deforestation and forest degradation cause more carbon emissions than the entire transportation sector globally. 

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