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08/02/2010

HON Receives Level Certification for Majority of its Products

 

MUSCATINE, IA – The HON Company recently announced that more than 60 of its products in five categories have received level™ certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). This significant milestone indicates that 80 percent of HON’s product volume is now level certified.

“As a leader in the office furniture industry, HON takes its responsibility to serve as a steward of resources very seriously. We’re thrilled to be honored for our efforts—especially from such important industry icons as SCS and BIFMA,” says Mark Roumfort, vice president of product development and management for The HON Company. “We will continue to strive to reduce the environmental impact of our products, while continuing to deliver the high level of performance, style and reliability that’s synonymous with the HON brand.”

level is a multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. Created by BIFMA, it has been developed to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. The level certification mark identifies that a product has been evaluated by an independent third-party certifier. HON chose SCS, which HON has long recognized as a provider of quality certifications.

In the level certification process, a product, and the organization and facilities that produced it, are scored according to sustainability attributes across four areas: Materials, Energy and Atmosphere, Human and Ecosystem Health, and Social Responsibility. The numeric marking 1, 2 or 3 (from 1 being the lowest level; to 3 being the highest) indicates what threshold of certification the product has achieved.

HON’s products received both level 1 and 2 certifications, with the majority being level 2 certified, and represent the following categories: seating, laminate casegoods, steel desks, steel storage and workstations. 

“At HON, it’s our responsibility to incorporate the concept of sustainability into as many applications as possible,” adds Roumfort. “We’re determined to be the industry leader in superior product performance while also providing significant environmental benefits whenever we can.”

For more information on HON’s level-certified products, visit hon.com.

About The HON Company
Inspired by practicality and invested in understanding the needs of its customers, The HON Company strives to establish meaningful connections resulting in product solutions and customer support that exceed market demands. As a leading designer and manufacturer of workplace furniture, including chairs, storage, panel systems, tables and desks, HON’s commitment to serving its customers is rooted in reliable performance and a member culture that is approachable, confident, smart and ready to serve. 

Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, The HON Company has numerous manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout the United States, and markets its products through a nationwide network of loyal dealers and retailers. For more information, visit hon.com.

About Scientific Certification Systems
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental, sustainability, stewardship, food quality, food safety and food purity claims. 

For more than 25 years, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs in pursuit of the highest level of environmental performance and social accountability. For a complete list of certified products, visit www.scscertified.com/products.

About BIFMA
BIFMA’s mission is to lead, advocate, inform and develop standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry. It serves businesses that are primarily engaged in design, development, marketing and fulfillment of office and institutional furniture products.

BIFMA is a not-for-profit organization that provides an effective forum for Members to cooperate and collaborate on appropriate industry issues. It develops voluntary product and industry standards that support safe, healthy and sustainable environments; publishes key industry statistics; advocates for legislation and government regulation that have a direct impact on the health of the industry; and facilitates meaningful dialog and education to support its core services and the industry it serves.

 

 
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