Allseating receives recognition for both product and personnel
Allseating has announced that the company has earned LEVEL® 3 certification for all three product categories — seating, tables, and casegoods — across all product lines.
Since 2012, the team has implemented new standards to achieve LEVEL® 3 across all product lines. Allseating is proudly the first Canadian-based company to achieve LEVEL® 3 certification in the seating category.
BIFMA e3 is a Furniture Sustainability Standard developed by furniture industry stakeholders and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
This is a voluntary standard that established measurable performance criteria in the areas of environmental, health and wellness, and social impacts. The standard is credit or point-based, with certifications starting from LEVEL1 up to the highest LEVEL® 3, which Allseating has been awarded.
Following the structure of the USGBC’s LEED rating system, the LEVEL sustainability certification provides information on indoor air quality, material composition, issues related to life cycle assessments, social responsibility, and ecosystem impacts. It is the highest sustainability achievement a product can reach and is similar to a platinum ranking in the LEED rating system.
According to the company, sustainability and carbon footprint reduction have always been important to Allseating. One initiative has been the solid waste diversion program set up to identify ways to minimize whatever is generated, reuse materials wherever possible, and recycle whenever feasible. Allseating’s goal is to recover more than 50 per cent of overall waste generated throughout its business and operations in partnership with recycling and waste management services.
In addition, the company announced that sub assembler Paul Nauss was the winner of the Ministry of Skills, Development, and Training’s (MSDT) Successful Candidate Contest. The MSDT Successful Candidate Contest recognizes the most successful candidate in a job placement and support scenario. Prior to his employment with Allseating, Nauss experienced homelessness and had to surrender his dog, Pluto, to qualify for a shelter. Now, Nauss is an excellent Allseating employee, is reunited with Pluto, and lives in his own apartment.
Nauss began working for Allseating when Carrie Clark, Human Resources Manager at Allseating, began seeking alternative ways to find talent and think outside the box for hiring within various departments. Through this search, Clark found The Bennett Edge. The service provider helps individuals with disabilities, or those who have experienced personal setbacks or life changing events, obtain and maintain employment with a commitment to providing excellent service. The Bennett Edge is also a proud member of the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) and an employment agency partner of Ready, Willing and Able (RWA).
“People don’t realize that sometimes, if we can work together doing a simple task, then other larger tasks won’t be so difficult,” said Nauss. “I feel more confident when we work together. We get this done faster, and I find that this achievement makes me feel giddy inside.”