Announced last autumn, uncovered for investors, manufacturers and retailers on a website today: the new European standard of sustainable development for office furniture FEMB Level. On behalf of the European Office Furniture Federation (FEMB), of which we are a member, we present the most important facts about the certificate.
Level is the first so versatile, accredited and multi-attribute certification system in Europe. Manufacturers, retailers and purchasers of office and non-domestic furniture can now find all information on the new European LEVEL certification system for sustainability online at www.levelcertified.eu. This has just been announced by the European Office Furniture Federation (FEMB).
Over the past eight years, the umbrella organisation of European office furniture manufacturers has commissioned the development and accreditation of the first multi-attribute standard for certifying sustainable office and non-domestic furniture in Europe.
This makes LEVEL the first Europe-wide sustainability certification in the office and non-domestic furniture sector that takes into account European legislation, green public procurement principles and EU circular economy guidelines.
The certification encompasses the evaluation of all aspects of sustainability within the four defined requirement areas: ‘Materials’, ‘Energy and Atmosphere’, ‘Human and Ecosystem Health’ and ‘Social Responsibility’. It examines and assesses not only the choice of materials employed in the products and their fabrication, but also the social behaviour of the company, its energy consumption and the environmental and human impacts of the chemical components used.
The entire certification process is carried out by independent certification bodies that must be LEVEL accredited according to ISO 17065. It is based on a three-level scoring system for sustainability. The products, production sites and company values are assessed with regard to the four impact areas at the three test levels. 23 prerequisites must be met by all applicants before continuing with other optional criteria for gaining points. Depending on the score achieved, a given product then receives the LEVEL seal for the corresponding level 1, level 2 or level 3, wherein level 3 is the highest certificate.
'The LEVEL certification is not just another standard for sustainability,’ explains Roman Przybylski, President of the European Office Furniture Federation (FEMB) and Member of the Board of the Nowy Styl Group. ‘We want to provide guidance for both purchasers and users of office and non-domestic furniture, including comprehensive orientation for their procurement processes. In this way, we can at the same time support manufacturers in acting sustainably and responsibly.’
Since the introduction of the LEVEL certification in the autumn of 2018, the certificate has already been awarded to 81 products, and at the highest LEVEL 3.
As a member of the FEMB organisation, the Nowy Styl Group has supported the development of the Level certificate and prepared for the certification of its solutions.
’In Level certification, product is like a lens through which the entire organisation and its production processes are evaluated. As we implemented new products, we made sure they met the requirements of Level. We plan to certify our first solutions in 2020’ adds Roman Przybylski.
You will find all further certification process details online at www.levelcertified.eu.