The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has partnered with sustainability and net-zero group Planet Mark to help its members and the national furniture industry meet its net-zero goals.

Set up in partnership with the Eden Project, Planet Mark is an official partner of the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign, providing support in setting and reaching eco-targets for businesses. Companies are certified immediately when they sign up with Planet Mark, based on their commitment to sustainability progress. To keep Planet Mark, an organisation must reduce its carbon footprint every year, and commit to engage its staff and communicate externally.

The move follows the BFM’s work last year in producing the Sentiment of the Sector & The Road To Net Zero report, which gathered insights from two virtual roundtable events held to gauge opinions on the sector’s performance related to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.

BFM MD Sean Holt says: “Our recent research report showed that 75% of the industry see the management of environmental challenges as a key priority. However, most felt the sector lacked a strategy to achieve net-zero targets, with only 50% of participants saying they knew what they needed to do to reach those goals.

“We believe Planet Mark will give members a road map to net zero and empower them to make that journey.”