Sustainability Initiatives

The furniture industry has done a lot to become more environmentally and socially responsible over the years. The magnitude of the issues that confront the planet requires even more work to establish a sustainable way of living. BIFMA has developed standards that help office furniture manufacturers and suppliers ensure that their business practices promote good environmental, health, wellness, and social outcomes.

The ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard

The ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard was first published in 2008 and remains the leading standard for the assessment of environmental, health and wellness, and social impacts pertinent to furniture products.  For more information on the standard or to order click here.

e3 Standard Support Tools

• An e3 Guidance Manual with helpful suggestions, potential strategies, references, and resources to assist product manufacturers with credit compliance, click here.

• A “TRACI Look-Up Tool" is available for sale from BIFMA. It is an Excel file that is useful for pursuing credits in Section 7 of the standard and provides a quick way to determine if a chemical is listed in the standard.

Interpretations of the e3 Standard are posted at NSF International's Online Workspace (LINK) and are listed on this website at the following link:


In 2009, BIFMA introduced LEVEL®, the sustainability certification program for furniture. The LEVEL mark attests that the product, the manufacturing facility, and the company responsible for the product brand, have been evaluated against the multi-attribute criteria of the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard by independent, third-party certifiers. 

Where ANSI/BIFMA e3 & LEVEL Are Used (link)

Authorized LEVEL Certifiers Statement (link)

Life Cycle Assessment/Product Category Rule Development

BIFMA is actively creating product category rules (PCRs) for the furniture industry through an open development process engaging stakeholders from around the globe. These are the rules by which life cycle assessments (LCAs) should be performed in the office furniture industry and the resultant LCAs can be used to create environmental product declarations (EPDs) for publication and sharing with customers. Anyone interested in participating in this important work should contact Brad Miller ( for additional information.