Silentnight scoops Furniture Makers’ Company Sustainability Award
The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, has named bed manufacturer Silentnight as winner of its 2017 Sustainability Award.
Harrison Spinks, Herman Miller and Senator International were shortlisted.
The Sustainability Award recognises improvements in sustainability in relation to manufacturing of furniture and furnishings. It is based on principles provided by the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme, administered by FIRA. Part of the Manufacturing Guild Mark, the award considers all aspects of how a business operates: waste and energy management, design process, product improvements, packaging, transportation, procurement, end of life management, client relationships, supplier management, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility.
Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, chaired by Rupert Senior, Guild Marks chairman of The Furniture Makers’ Company. The judges were Phil Reynolds, FIRA general manager; Alan Marshall, environmental advisor; Alun Watkins, PEFC (UK) executive director and Stuart Cochrane, FIRA sustainability consultant. The judges were impressed with how Silentnight had embedded sustainability within the company’s culture and in their decision making.
‘The goal of the Sustainability Award is to recognise and champion companies determined to leave a fine legacy to future generations. Silentnight successfully demonstrated how sustainability was engrained in all business areas by highlighting specific achievements and changes. On behalf of The Furniture Makers’ Company, I would like to congratulate them,’ said Smart.
‘As a leader in the industry, Silentnight has put a great deal of work into our various sustainability projects over the last few years. To win the award and receive recognition for these investments is just fantastic,’ said Nick Booth, Silentnight marketing director.
Richard Logan, Silentnight Group chief operating officer (left) was presented the award by Lord Kirkham, charity president, and Smart.