FSC launches celebrate sustainable wood furniture awards

29 July 2021

The third edition of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Furniture Awards, the first with a European reach, has been created to reward companies producing furniture with FSC-certified wood.

The FSC Furniture Awards, first launched in Italy in 2019, seek to recognise and reward companies based in not just in Italy, but now also in the UK, San Marino, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Balkans (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia) or Poland, that are producing and selling furniture using FSC-certified wood.

Twelve prizes will be awarded, divided into three categories: Indoor (Home-Living, Home-Office; Office, Retail and Public Spaces furniture); Outdoor (Outdoor furniture for Home and Outdoor furniture for Public Spaces) and Special Awards (CSR, Green Award, Communication, Labelling and Small Business); the evaluations will be entrusted to a special committee made up of members and representatives from FSC national offices.

The competition is the result of work by the FSC network to support the furniture wood sector, especially in Europe, aimed at raising awareness amongst both companies and consumers about the choice of raw materials and products of forest origin from sustainable management.

There are about 20,800 FSC active certificates in the EU and more than 4,863 operate in the wooden furniture sector. Countries with the highest number of certifications in the furniture sector are Poland (828), the United Kingdom (731) and Italy (551).

“We are excited to join with other FSC offices in Europe to celebrate our sustainabe furniture champions and hopefully inspire businesses and consumers alike to choose resposnibly sourced furniture and other forest products,” said Tallulah Chapman, FSC UK’s communications manager.

Registrations for the FSC Furniture Awards close on October 14. Guidelines, application form and more information are available on the official website of the event

Outdoor furniture is one of the Awards’ categories