Our Sustainability Promise

Sustainability at Steelcase is about people. It’s about creating and supporting the economic, environmental and social conditions that allow people and communities to reach their full potential.

Sustainability at Steelcase

Our Vision
Progress + Goals
Corporate Sustainability Report

Our Vision

Our Vision

Bringing Lasting Value

Our sustainability vision is clear: bring lasting value to our customers, employees, shareholders, partners, communities and the environment.

We do this by…

  • Designing products and solutions to benefit people
  • Consulting with customers to help meet sustainability goals
  • Collaborating with key partners to further the science and practice of sustainability
  • Operating in a socially responsible way
  • Increasing expectations of our supply chain partners
  • Reporting global metrics

Progress + Goals

Progress + Goals

Achieving Results

Careful measurement is key to managing impact. We’re committed to measuring and reporting on our progress in a transparent and authentic way.

This is a snapshot of some of the goals we’re reaching for and progress we’ve made over the last few years:

  • Helping clients donate, resell and recycle furniture assets, saving them more than $4.4 million in 2016
  • $5.2 million donated in 2018
  • Over 46,000 employee volunteer hours in 2016
  • 32% reduction in energy use and associated GHG emissions since 2010
  • 45% reduction in waste since 2010
  • 15% reduction in water use since 2010
  • 84% reduction in VOC emissions since 2010

Steelcase Impact Report

Corporate Sustainability Report

Corporate Sustainability Report

For more than a century, Steelcase has believed in the power of people. Every day, in locations around the globe, we work to unlock human promise and create meaningful, lasting change.

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Reporting Our Progress

True progress takes continuous and coordinated efforts to create the economic, environmental and social conditions that allow people and communities to thrive. We have strong beliefs that guide us, and we’re putting our beliefs into action.

Every day, in every decision, we work hard to deliver on our purpose and create real world results.

We share these results in an authentic and transparent way in our annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

Steelcase Impact Report


Materials Chemistry
Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments
End of Use + Recycling
Certificates + Profiles



Designing for Sustainability

We believe that providing the best solutions for our customers begins by ensuring they’re the best solutions for our environment. That’s why every step of the way – through design, manufacturing, delivery and product lifecycle – we consider the impact of our work on people and on the environment and uncover opportunities to make things better.

Materials Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

Knowing. Acting. Solving.

We take a comprehensive approach to understanding what goes into our products we’re both precautionary and proactive.

As a leader in our industry, our materials chemistry practice assesses materials to understand their potential impacts on human and environmental health. To date, we have assessed over 1,600 materials. We are actively working with our supply chain to eliminate and phase out materials of concern and to develop suitable alternatives where they may not yet exist.

Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments

Life Cycle Thinking + Assessments

Turning Insights into Action

We rely on a human-centered approach to design, uncovering insights that translate into careful attention for people, our planet and the living things it supports.

We design products for circularity by avoiding and eliminating materials of concern, optimizing performance throughout the life cycle and for remaking, recovery, and end of life strategies.

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End of Use + Recycling

End of Use + Recycling

Closing the Loop

Good design and choosing the right materials can ensure a product will be desirable and have a long life. It also can ensure the product can be recycled. Our products are designed for easy disassembly, allowing pieces to be separated easily and quickly for replacement or recycling.

Our products are built to last; sometimes they outlast customer needs.Therefore, we offer multiple programs to extend a product’s lifespan through reuse and recycling, refurbishing and donating. These end of use services keep furniture out of landfills, provide non-profit organizations with needed resources and help customers meet their sustainability goals.

Certificates + Profiles

Certificates + Profiles


Our products carry a number of third-party verified certifications, reflecting our commitment to deliver on our promises.

These certification programs include:

  • AFRDI Green Tick
  • AFRDI Blue Tick
  • BIFMA level®
  • China Environmental Label
  • Cradle to Cradle™
  • E0 and E1
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • ISO
  • Japan Green Purchasing Law
  • LEED
  • OEKO – TEX 100 Standard
  • Product Environmental Profile (PEP)
  • SCS Indoor Advantage™

View all product certificates

Product Environmental Profiles (PEPs)*

PEPs answers questions such as:

  • How much recycled content is used in a product?
  • What is its recyclability?
  • What is the product’s potential for LEED contribution?
  • What certifications are available?

*PEPs are not available for all products globally

View all Product Environmental Profiles


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SCS Indoor Advantage

We pursue industry-independent, third-party testing and indoor air quality certification for many of our products and materials through the Scientific Certification Systems’ Indoor Advantage™ program:

  • provides credits toward the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification
  • demonstrates compliance to ANSI/BIFMA criteria for low-emitting furniture
  • Indoor Advantage Gold certification also demonstrates compliance to California 01350, ASHRAE 189.1, and CHPS Collaborative for High Performance Schools Criteria for furniture.

For more information, please visit http://www.scsglobalservices.com/.

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We support the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system with products that can contribute to these LEED certification criteria:

  • LEED Building Design & Construction (BD&C)
  • LEED Interior Design & Construction (ID&C)
  • LEED Operations & Maintenance (O&M)

For more information, please visit: http://www.usgbc.org/leed

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Steelcase products conforms with one of the most stringent requirements which focuses on furniture comfort, safety, sustainability and durability standards. BIFMA (Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association) is also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For more information, please visit www.bifma.org

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E0 and E1

E1 and E0 are European formaldehyde emission standards. Both E1 and E0 low formaldehyde emissions boards are available in Steelcase to support our clients’ environmental requirements.

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Oeko – Tex 100 Standard polyester

Our fabrics/polyester are tested and certified according to Oeko-Tex 100 standard. It is an international testing and certification system for textile which evaluates and screens for any harmful substances present within processed textiles intended to come into contact with consumers.

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Product Environmental Profile (PEP)

Product Environmental Profile (PEP) is a voluntary type II Ecolabel certified according to ISO 14021.

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Global Reporting Initiative

GRI is a non-profit organization that work towards a sustainable global economy by providing sustainability reporting guidance. Steelcase has been reporting our sustainability performance annually using the GRI guideline.

Please find out more information on Steelcase Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index.

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Steelcase manufacturing plants in Asia Pacific are certified with:

  • ISO9001 – Quality management system certified
  • ISO14001 – Environmental management system certification
  • OHSAS 18001 – Occupational health and safety management certification


Steelcase Manufacturing Malaysia
ISO 9001; ISO 14001

Steelcase Manufacturing Dongguan
ISO 9001; ISO 14001; OHSAS 18001

Steelcase Manufacturing Pune
ISO 9001; ISO 14001; OHSAS 18001

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China 10 Circle Environmental Label (中国十环认证)

China Ecolabel is one of the most renown certification in Asia for being recognized as a green products. China 10 Circle is well respected and highly recognized for its stringent and holistic approach in sustainability and quality requirements, giving our clients and customers the added confidence when choosing Steelcase products. The certification is a type I Ecolabel certification following International standard ISO 14024.

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AFRDI Green Tick

AFRDI Green Tick certification is one of the highest sustainability standard recognized in Asia. AFRDI Green Tick is a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) recognized product certification scheme which corresponds with furniture and assemblies Material Calculator and Fitout Calculators in Green Star rating tools (Chairs, Tables, Workstations, Storage, Joinery and Loose Furniture).

For more information, please visit http://furntech.org.au.

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AFRDI Blue Tick

AFRDI Blue Tick certification is a voluntary standard based on Australian & New Zealand standard (AS/NZS). Certified products are tested to the highest requirements which is level 4/5/6 severe testing conditions.

For more information, please visit http://furntech.org.au.

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Japan Green Purchasing Law

Japan Green Purchasing Law a basic policy of the national government in Japan promoting comprehensive and planned procurement of materials, components, products and services with low environmental impact. Steelcase products are able to meet the Japan green purchasing law requirements.

Insights + Strategies

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People + Purpose

Customers often turn to us to do more than provide furniture for workspaces. We’ve helped optimize real estate and create spaces that support employee wellbeing. And though these are important elements of any workspace, we’re looking ahead and shifting the conversation to something larger – the promise of people. Today, we’re focusing on helping customers create spaces designed to accomplish an array of goals.

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End of Use Strategies

Every year, we extend the useful life of thousands of products. Through our end of use program, we're helping businesses dispose of their surplus office furniture in socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways. First, we work with them to understand the situation. Then, with our partners, we present options that meet their goals, whether it's income, landfill diversion or charitable donation.

Our Promises


Helping our customers succeed in their business and meet their sustainability goals is priority number one at Steelcase. We deliver on that commitment with research-backed strategies, innovative end of use solutions, a robust supply chain, and products that help unlock the promise of our customers’ employees.



We value our global relationships, sharing our resources, talents, materials and leadership to tackle entrenched issues like education and environment. Change happens on the local level, and we’re working hard to make a difference for individuals, communities and all of humankind.


Creating lasting change takes a committed team, and we’re fortunate to work with some of the finest partners in the industry. From universities to suppliers, dealers to community organizations, we’re forging a more innovative, sustainable future through collaboration.



We honor the unique talents, skills and perspectives of our employees, knowing full well that their contributions are what propel us. We value the whole person, and seek to help each employee fulfill their highest potential through policies, practices and honest engagement.


Simply complying with standards isn’t enough anymore. We’re working to conserve more, use less, find better ways, source more responsible materials, and leave a legacy of positive change that benefits us all.


We’re taking a hard look at our actions, putting sustainability at the center of the decision wheel, and implementing organizational change to be the most economically, socially and environmentally responsible company we can be.

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