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ANSI/BIFMA e3: level ®

Sustainability Certification for Furniture

The level® program is based on a

multi-attribute sustainability standard
initiated by the Business and
International Furniture Manufacturers
Association (BIFMA), and developed
under the open, consensus-based
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process. The
program’s aim is to provide an open, transparent means of
evaluating and communicating the environmental and social
impacts of furniture products in the built environment.

Products eligible for level® certification include all business

and institutional furniture. This includes but is not limited
to moveable walls, systems furniture, desking systems,
casegoods, tables, seating, and accessories.

SCS provided the first level® certifications in 2009, and is the
leading certification body for the program in North America.
Additionally, certification to level:

Can contribute credits to LEED 2009 and LEED v4 rating


Establishes your leadership credentials in the office

furniture industry

Supports your internal sustainable management


Assures customers and stakeholders that your certified

products are held to industry-leading social and
environmental standards

Helps you meet state and federal procurement


Establishes a path for continuous improvement


For information about becoming

certified or locating certified products:

Stephanie Blazek, Account Executive
+1 (510) 452.6394

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Social Responsibility
report to your facility or operation.
A numeric rating of 1, 2 or 3 indicates the threshold of
certification a product has achieved, where level® 3 is the 7. Certification Maintenance and Renewal
highest rating. Periodic audits as required under the standard are
conducted to maintain your certification and support
continual improvement.
1. Data Collection
An SCS technical associate provides you with a Data
Request Form (DRF) that will be used to define the SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global
certification scope and assemble supporting evidence for leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability
submission to SCS. certification, auditing, testing, and standards development
for over 30 years. Our programs span a wide cross-section
2. On-site Audit of industries, recognizing achievements in green building,
The auditor conducts an on-site audit as a means to product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry,
substantiate the conformance path provided. retail, and more. We are accredited to provide services
under a wide range of nationally and internationally
3. Draft Assessment Report recognized certification programs.
The auditor writes a draft assessment report that details
the findings of the audit, which includes data analysis, non-
conformities, and opportunities for improvement.

4. Internal Technical Review

A qualified SCS representative reviews the report, making
any necessary corrections or changes before the report is
sent to the client.

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