Knoll Achieves Forest Stewardship Council Mix 90 per cent Claim 

Knoll, Inc. announced that it has increased its claim from FSC Mix 70 per cent to 90 per cent. According to the company, this means that 90 per cent of Knoll FSC (FSC C028824) wood comes from FSC-certified forests and 10 per cent comes from Controlled Wood sources.
The company further states that Controlled Wood is not necessarily FSC-certified but is approved for the FSC supply chain and must adhere to its standards.

FSC certification is recognized by multiple third-party sustainability certifiers, including: the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the International Living Future Institute Declare 2.0 labels, and FSC-certification contributes to BIFMA LEVEL certification.

Commenting on the new claim, Benjamin Pardo, Knoll design director, said, “We’re proud to continue our commitment to sustainable design through the increase in percentage of FSC-certified wood. Knoll has been a design leader in wood products for the office and home for over eighty years, and the work we have done to maintain a sustainably-sourced manufacturing and supply chain helps to ensure that we can continue to provide our customers with beautiful wood furniture for years to come.”

Since the Company first worked with FSC and the Rainforest Alliance to develop a North American supply chain for FSC-certified wood in 1995, it has progressively worked towards increasing its sustainable wood claim.

Knoll’s achievements include providing the Certification Chain of Custody in 2003 to establishing the FSC Certified Wood Standard for all Knoll general office open plan systems in 2009, and consolidating the manufacture of all wood systems and case goods to the Wood Center of Excellence Facility in Toronto.

In addition, Knoll committed to providing FSC-certified wood as the standard option without additional charges or extended lead times, over ten years ago. This commitment stems from an understanding of the importance of sustainable wood practices worldwide given that forests cover over 30 per cent of the Earth’s land mass, and 70 per cent of terrestrial plants and animals inhabit them.

The Knoll FSC Certified Standard Program covers all Knoll Office, casegoods and tables, with the exception of Toboggan. The standard applies to the core of all Knoll products with core laminates; Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Oak, Grigio and Birch natural veneers; or Natural, Dove Grey, White Pine, and Light Walnut techwoods.