Tepperman’s ranks high on 2020 Wood Furniture Scorecard
WINDSOR, Ontario – Tepperman’s was recently named one of two Canadian furniture retailers who were applauded for their commitment to sustainable product sourcing by the U.S.-based National Wildlife Federation and the Sustainable Furnishings Council with their first-ever ranking on the annual Wood Furniture Scorecard.
“We continuously strive to be a leader of environmental initiatives for our retail furnishings sector and are very pleased to be recognized as a ‘High Score’ company on the Wood Furniture Scorecard,” Andrew Tepperman, president of the six-unit full-line furniture retailer, said in a statement. “We are committed to guiding our suppliers to be more sustainable and are working towards choosing suppliers and manufacturers that promote positive environmental practices.”
Published by the High Point, North Carolina-based Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), the goal of the scorecard is to encourage furniture retailers, whether big or small to implement policies that drive responsible wood sourcing practices through their complex supply chains. In addition, the scorecard works to support further progress, build awareness of best practices and recognize leadership.
The SFC and NWF are deeply concerned about the loss and degradation of forests around the world, and knowing that the furnishings industry is the third largest user of wood after construction and paper, they have rated and ranked the leading retailers of wood furniture in North America on their wood sourcing policies and practices.
Tepperman’s was listed as a ‘high scorer’ on this year’s scorecard, it’s first time on the list. It was in a group that included other well-known that also compete in the Canadian market such as e-commerce giant Wayfair and discounters Walmart and Costco.
The only other Canadian retailer on the list was Stoney Creek Furniture. The two-unit destination retailer was also ranked for the first time this year, albeit in the ‘honourable mention’ section with merchants such as Ashley HomeStores and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.
Andrew Tepperman noted the sustainability page on the retailer’s web site was recently updated in order to detail all of the environmental sustainability measures they are undertaking as well as report their waste diversion and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. Some areas that earned Tepperman’s points on their scorecard include:
- Including a responsible wood sourcing policy on web site
- Having a policy that is committed to avoiding sourcing illegal and/or controversial wood
- Demonstrating progress in responsible sourcing under the scorecard framework
- Including a sustainability section on web site
- Visibly offering recycled/reclaimed wood furniture for sale on web site
For the past several years, Tepperman’s has won several accolades for its environmental endeavours, including the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the London Chamber of Commerce and the Essex Region Conservation Authority’s Corporate Environmental Achievement Award.
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