AHFA's Sustainable by Design (SBD) program takes its Effect Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC) initiative and extends it throughout a company’s global supply chain. The program helps companies establish internal standards, practices and management systems that measure their own environmental performance, but it also helps them arrive at standards for monitoring the environmental performance of suppliers worldwide.
“We are very proud of the eco-conscious culture and the significant environmental achievements Ethan Allen has made throughout the entire company,” says CEO Farooq Kathwari. “Our SBD registration is an important milestone for us.”
To complete its Sustainable by Design registration, Ethan Allen was required to establish goals and a system for evaluating annual improvements in the following areas:
• Supply chain management, including assisting suppliers worldwide in the development and implementation of sustainability programs;
• Using eco-friendly materials, including certified lumber and low-emitting UF resins;
• Global climate impact, including calculating a baseline carbon footprint; and,
• Social responsibility, including establishing policies that define the company’s commitment to the protection and advancement of human rights in all areas of the world where the company does business.
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