At the latest edition of Ecomondo, in Rimini, the data of the Sustainability Survey Wood-Furniture Sector 2023

FederlegnoArredo confirmed its commitment to sustainability in support of its member companies by participating, for the first time as an exhibitor, at Ecomondo. The four-day event in Rimini was an opportunity to share, with institutions, stakeholders, universities, research centres and sector operators, the path undertaken with the ambition of making the wood-furniture supply chain a pioneer of the Green lndustry.

Improving environmental performance

Companies in the sector have long been committed to sustainability, working on all aspects of production, design and the product life cycle to improve their environmental performance. Actions mapped and measured in a Survey - conducted by FederlegnoArredo on a sample of member companies in collaboration with the Symbola Foundation - that provides an up-to-date snapshot of the strategies implemented by companies.

Circularity-oriented businesses

96 per cent of the companies surveyed by FederlegnoArredo adopt sustainable materials in their processes; 60 per cent source their production to some extent from renewable energy sources. Moreover, almost all companies consider at least one circular criterion in product design, and more than half have implemented circularity-oriented business models.

An epochal challenge

"We are facing an epochal challenge and FederlegnoArredo has decided to play a leading role in rethinking production models, limiting climate change and creating the conditions for member companies to remain competitive on the markets," explains Claudio Feltrin, president of FederlegnoArredo.

More efficient and competitive production processes

Most companies focused on recyclability (58.2%), disassemblability (37.5%), product reuse (29.3%), packaging reduction (44%) and energy consumption (54.9%). More and more companies are offering services to improve product life cycle management. Focusing on production processes, it emerges how they are becoming increasingly efficient and competitive: around 70% of the companies surveyed by FederlegnoArredo have made investments in efficiency in the last three years, optimising production processes (64% in 2021) to reduce environmental impact.

Sustainable measures and solutions

Not only that: 55% of companies are involved in agreements, programmes and projects for the implementation of sustainability and circularity measures and solutions for processes and products, 17.9% have activated programmes for the regeneration of natural habitats directly or participate in them, and 50% intend to do so in the near future. Companies in the wood-furniture sector are also committed to ensuring the development of sustainability skills for an increasingly effective welfare model. On the corporate resources, 41.3% of the companies have ongoing training or information programmes. 27.2% have identified a sustainability manager or manager and 43.5% plan to include him/her in their workforce.

A sustainable development model

"Giving our contribution," continues Feltrin, "is our duty so that a sustainable development model is really possible. The results of FederlegnoArredo's Survey comfort us and show that ours is a green supply chain by vocation, but the path is still long and complex and no one can think of undertaking it alone. Being at Ecomondo also means this: working as a system with the most authoritative protagonists of the ecological transition".

Environmental certifications

With regard to the choice of suppliers, 76% of the companies have defined evaluation criteria that take environmental aspects into account (56% in 2021). 47.5% of companies in the furniture area source raw materials or semi-finished products locally (within 100 km) and in the wood area three out of four companies purchase certified wood (FSC. PEFC). To date, more than 60% of the companies have at least one system certification, of which 31% have ISO 14001.