Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY
RBF Group is aligned with the growing group of inhabitants of this planet that believe it is critical for all of us to take note of, and take action regarding, the impact that we are having on the environment for future generations. We must begin to safeguard and restore the environment and improve quality of life for communities and societies.

As this applies to our industry and our company, we are taking action to reduce that impact, strategically and systematically implementing policies positively affecting our internal operations and manufacturing as well as that of our business partners. Implementation of an effective ongoing corporate sustainability strategy is a priority, both for domestic production and with regard to overseas operations and partners. Although still in the early phases of what can be a complex set of changes, there are, as with many large undertakings, starting points that yield quantifiable results. Currently, RBF has policies in place regarding material conservancy and recycling: materials are specified and products are engineered for maximum yields in production, and eco-unfriendly materials such as upholstery foam, fabrics and packaging materials are recycled wherever possible.

A primary focus is on indoor air quality, and we have implemented policies to that end. Manufacturing partners are required to use certified lumber and CARB certified panels for all RBF casegoods lines. All interior materials used in upholstery can optionally be certified bio-neutral (all always comply with CAL117 and local fire safety codes). Domestic casegoods finishing is done with waterborne materials, which are also optionally available offshore from overseas manufacturing partners. In areas where designers specify custom materials, RBF customers are encouraged to utilize PVC free fabrics milled utilizing recycled, recyclable, or sustainable fibers and yarns.

Looking forward, we are educating our personnel about sustainability, and back it up with corporate support. Marci Jones, Executive VP of Operations (SFC-AP), heads up the policy committee on sustainability. We are working with both domestic and overseas manufacturers to implement systemic changes and achieve increases in efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. We are working with our business partners, cooperatively investigating new options for reduction of energy, water and materials consumption, and the resulting carbon footprint we as a community create.

Implementation of an effective ongoing corporate sustainability strategy is a priority, both for domestic production and with regard to overseas operations and partners. Although still in the early phases of what can be a complex set of changes, there are, as with many large undertakings, starting points that yield quantifiable results.