The Furniture Makers’ Company is inviting UK furnishing manufacturers of all sizes to apply for the seventh annual Sustainability Award. 

Sponsored by waste management specialist Hippo, the award considers all aspects of sustainable business practices, including 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. 

Previous winners include Silentnight, Godfrey Syrett, Hypnos Beds, Orangebox, Premiere Kitchens and Senator International. 

Ben Burbidge, Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman, says: “Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy in regards to ecological issues and are looking for products from companies they believe to be manufactured sustainably, with many prepared to pay more for them. However, being sustainable is more than a marketing gimmick, it’s a responsible thing for companies to do. The goal of the Sustainability Award is to recognise businesses within the UK furnishing industry that are committed to safeguarding our planet and leaving a fine legacy to future generations.” 

Commenting on winning the award in 2017, Silentnight MD Steve Freeman said: “Sustainability has been ingrained within Silentnight for a long time and in 2017 we were honoured to be granted the Sustainability Award from The Furniture Makers’ Company, recognising our commitment to having a positive impact on the planet.” 

The deadline for entries is 7th September 2018. Entry forms are available from The Furniture Makers’ Company website.