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Sustainability award widened to more sectors

HypnosAThe Furniture Makers’ Company’s Sustainability Award has been opened up at all furnishing manufacturers, including fabric and flooring.

Now in its fourth year, the Sustainability Award recognises improvements in sustainability in relation to manufacturing of furniture and furnishings. Previously restricted to Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme members, the award considers all aspects of how a business is operated – waste and energy management, design process, product improvements, packaging, transportation, procurement, end of life management, client relationships, supplier management, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility.
Previous winners include Hypnos Beds (pictured), Premiere Kitchens and Senator International.
‘The goal of the Sustainability Award is to recognise and champion companies determined to leave a fine legacy to future generations. We believe that by extending entries to all UK manufacturers we will be achieving our ambition,’ says Paul von der Heyde, FMC Manufacturing Guild Mark committee chairman.
UK companies are invited to submit case studies for consideration by a panel of judges who will select the manufacturer deemed to have made the best contribution to sustainable manufacturing in the previous year. The size of the business concerned will be taken into account so that the relative importance of their progress can be measured to equalise opportunities.
The panel of judges will consider all the submissions at a meeting to be held after the closing date of 31 July for entries and a shortlist will then be drawn up. Companies which are shortlisted will be invited to make a brief presentation of their application to the judges and to answer any questions at a meeting in September with the presentation of the award taking place at the Royal Charter Dinner on 25 October.