Certifications are becoming increasingly popular as the demand for holding companies accountable to their claims and overall social responsibility rises. Customers want to support businesses that not only value quality in their products, but to ensure they are increasing efforts in environmental, social, and corporate governance.
Yes, even in the furniture industry! BIFMA, also known as Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association's is a non-profit organization for business and institutional furniture manufacturers, specifically providing third-party certification called the BIFMA LEVEL® certification. This certification sets standards for the furniture industry to promote sustainable, safe and ergonomic practices.
BIFMA offers various standards for furniture products, offering three performance tiers: LEVEL 1, 2, and 3. Ergonomyx’s Smart Sit Stand Desk meets the ANSI/BIFMA e3 2019 standard for Level 2. To achieve BIFMA certification, the product must meet all testing benchmarks as well as remain up to date on all policies and procedures. The testing includes things like assessing the chemicals being used, responsible packaging, and greenhouse gas inventory checks. As a result, BIFMA supports the claims of the product.
Ergonomyx’s Smart Sit Stand Desk desktops are made out of bamboo which is a renewable resource. Believe it or not, bamboo is not a type of tree, but rather, a type of grass! It requires very little water and does not need pesticides or fertilizers. With quick growth, it reaches maturity after less than two years of growth and can be quickly harvested. Not only is it sustainable, but bamboo has incredible tensile strength and can withstand a high amount of compression!
BIFMA verifies the performance of the product, and confirms the values of the company hold true. Social responsibility plays a huge role in receiving this certification to ensure the company has good business practices that prioritize their employees. Here at Ergonomyx, employees have access to the Well-Being Program and Volunteer Program. We also make great efforts to improve employee engagement and promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
By having a BIFMA certified product, you can trust that the furniture you buy was created to last while supporting a company that prioritizes people and the planet.