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We carefully and constantly evaluate our impact on the Earth.

Our approach to product development and manufacturing embodies our mission to minimize our impacts. We believe that the best designs in the world achieve more with less, so we act accordingly. Humanscale products prioritize simplicity, which is apparent in their forms.

We use fewer parts in constructing our products, and we use recyclable materials such as aluminum and steel to limit potential impact. In particular, our task chairs use a sophisticated weight-sensitive recline mechanism that offers intuitive functionality, thereby reducing the overall number of knobs, levers and parts required to make the chair work. Our environmental philosophy is taken into account at every stage of product development through our Design For Environment process. The Durability and Upgradeability of products is also considered - we build products to last, so they won't need to be replaced often. 

Our product design is only the beginning of our environmental sustainability efforts. We also examine our supply chain, manufacturing facilities, showrooms and offices to evaluate our evolution in minimizing our impact. We monitor our greenhouse gas emissions, waste, energy use and other key metrics that indicate our progress. 

On a global level, Humanscale is a member of the U.N. Global Compact, which aligns businesses with common goals of improving labor conditions, protecting human rights, preventing anti-corruption practices and promoting environmental efforts. We are also committed to responsible sourcing of raw materials. It is our policy to refrain from sourcing minerals from conflict mines in or around the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Our Zero Waste Policy

Our Zero Waste policy targets 100% waste diversion by 2030. In 2020, we achieved 90% landfill waste diversion for all factories globally and set a target of at least a 1% improvement until 2030. So far, we have already exceeded this goal. As of 2022, we are diverting more than 93% of all waste from landfills. Waste audits are performed once a month at each global facility to continually refine our process and improve diversion efficiency.

Achieving TRUE Certification

In 2022, Humanscale became the first and only furniture manufacturer to be awarded TRUE® Gold and Silver certifications for all factories globally. TRUE® stands for Total Resource Use and Efficiency and is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to help facilities define, pursue, and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource efficient. You can learn more about TRUE Certification here.

You can find a full list of our environmental certificates here >

To read our Environmental Policy, click here.

To learn about our Biodiversity Plan, click here.

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Learn more about what Humanscale is doing with our environmental sustainability initiatives around sustainable design and manufacturing.