Questions & Answers

Q: Why is it that Scandinavian Business Seating does not bear the European “Flower” Ecolabel?

A: Ecolabel has a wide range of products in its certification portfolio but has no group-certification for the task chair category. The label applies only to the use of wood and textiles in furniture. Companies pay a large amount of money to certify their products and can qualify for the European Ecolabel simply by using eco-friendly paper in their printers. Once they have qualified for the label, they can proudly display it on their websites, pretending that it also applies to their products. This is called “greenwashing” and is intended to deceive the customer. We choose to be completely open about all areas of our business, as they all affect the environment.

RBM is a part of Scandinavian Business Seating and is constantly working towards improvements in environmental performance. Many products have already achieved standards that are higher than most certifications. RBM has stopped using glue on almost all of its chairs. Aspects including changeable fabrics, selected dealers and many more ensure constant improvement with regard to the environment.


Q: If you have products that go beyond national certification criteria, why don’t you simply secure all of the certifications?

A: (for all products)
We feel it is important to focus on the major international certification labels. There is a “jungle” of certification systems out there and many cover the same aspects. Our 5/3 principle covers all of the areas applied internationally, so why not keep it simple?


Q: Your products claim to go beyond the Cradle to Cradle standard. So why don’t you have this certification?

A: “Three key areas are evaluated for this label:

  1. Materials chemistry
    – What chemicals are used in the materials? Are they specified? Are they the safest available?
  2. Disassembly
    – Can the product be disassembled at the end of its lifecycle? Can it then be recycled?
  3. Recyclability
    – Are any recycled materials used in the product?

This represents two of our five focus areas when it comes to contributing to a better environment. What this certification does not include, however, is energy consumption in transport and processing. Since Scandinavian Business Seating includes these aspects, we use the term “beyond cradle to cradle”.