Room & Board Responsible Wood Sourcing Policy
More than 90% of our furniture and decor is manufactured in the United States using top quality U.S. and imported materials. Wood is the most widely used material in our products, and we are committed to responsibly and sustainably sourcing this natural resource.
We work with our manufacturing partners on an ongoing basis to increase the amount of wood from certified, recycled and reclaimed sources. Room & Board seeks out local wood for many of our products and prefers to buy wood from sources that carry the following certifications: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. (AHMI) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
When these certifications are not available, we work with our manufacturing partners to avoid wood from sources we consider unacceptable, including:
- Illegally harvested or traded timber
- Timber harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights
- Timber harvested from areas in which conservation values are threatened by poor forest management
- Timber harvested from areas being converted from forest to agricultural land or non-forest use
- Timber harvested from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
We implement this policy through ongoing conversations at annual business reviews with our manufacturing partners, being informed of changes in wood supply sources, and training both our manufacturing partners and Room & Board staff members.
By 2025, we plan to source more than 50% of our wood from certified sustainable U.S. sources or reclaimed sources. We report on this goal annually.
Through this policy and its implementation, Room & Board aims to be a national leader in responsible wood sourcing and to do our part to protect the world's forests. We are proud to be among the Top Scorers in the 2019 Wood Furniture Scorecard, an initiative developed by the National Wildlife Foundation and the Sustainable Furnishings Council to build awareness of best practices, support progress and recognize leadership in responsible wood sourcing.