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About BIFMA Compliant

BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products that conform to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards. Manufacturers around the world are invited to participate.


Program Benefits

For manufacturers, BIFMA Compliant:

  • Validates products against rigorous performance standards
  • Provides visibility to specifiers and buyers
  • Helps combat rising counterfeit claims

For specifiers, BIFMA Compliant:

  • Allows for greater ease in searching for trusted products
  • Provides confidence in recommendations
  • Delivers ease of verification

For buyers, BIFMA Compliant:

  • Mitigates risk
  • Improves employee safety and productivity
  • Offers buying confidence with product quality and performance

About Forest Stewardship Council®

The FSC® standards [Forest Stewardship Council®] represent the world's strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. us.fsc.org FSC certified products are manufactured with material that comes from managed forests that are traceable from the time the logs are cut to the time the final project is installed and are recorded by way of a COC or chain of custody claim on all invoices. The demand for certified forest products has grown significantly in recent years. OFS' and Carolina goal to act as a responsible steward of the environment encouraged us to pursue our FSC Chain of Custody [COC] certification which would provide our customers (Dealer, A&D Community and End-users) the added reassurance they've done their part to be earth friendly in their product purchase and enable them to substantiate the LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] Materials & Resources Credits for certified wood, in which the intent is to encourage environmentally responsible forest management. FSC certification is optional on many, but not all, OFS' and Carolina product lines. Please contact OFS or Carolina Customer Service for information in regards to which of our product lines are available as FSC certified, and what the necessary procedures are for ordering FSC certified products from OFS and Carolina.

About SCS Global Services

SCS Global Services [SCS] has been providing global leadership in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation retail, and more. SCS is accredited to provide services under a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized certification programs. Consistent with its mission, SCS is a chartered benefit corporation and Certified B CorpTM, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Certification

All OFS and Carolina products have achieved SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Certification from SCS Global Services. Indoor Advantage Gold certification is SCS Global Services' highest level of indoor air quality performance for furniture. The certification assures that furniture products support a healthy indoor environment by meeting strict chemical emission limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To be certified, products must be tested by independent labs for compliance with the ANSI/BIFMA X7.1, and either ANSI/BIFMA e.3 or CDPH/EHLB Standard Method V1-1 for VOC emissions of concerns.

About level®

level® is the multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It has been created to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. Taking into account a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection and human and ecosystem health impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives. With level, customers can make informed choices about commercial furniture that exceed single attribute ecocertifications. The level brand identifies that a product has been vetted by an independent third party certifier and its numeric marking 1, 2, or 3 indicates what threshold of certification it has achieved. Manufacturers—big and small—now have a methodology to present the environmental characteristics in a clear, easily understood manner with a vernacular that gives end users the ability to make an "apples to apples" comparison.

About BIFMA Compliant 5

BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products that conform to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards. Manufacturers around the world are invited to participate.


Program Benefits

For manufacturers, BIFMA Compliant:

  • Validates products against rigorous performance standards
  • Provides visibility to specifiers and buyers
  • Helps combat rising counterfeit claims

For specifiers, BIFMA Compliant:

  • Allows for greater ease in searching for trusted products
  • Provides confidence in recommendations
  • Delivers ease of verification

For buyers, BIFMA Compliant:

  • Mitigates risk
  • Improves employee safety and productivity
  • Offers buying confidence with product quality and performance
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