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Relyon Beds spring into action with FISP

A top UK bed manufacturer has achieved full membership of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP), demonstrating their commitment to working sustainably to help protect the environment.

Relyon, with over 150 years' experience of manufacturing high quality pocket-sprung, hand-crafted mattresses and divans, has passed the rigorous auditing process required to attain full FISP membership.

FISP, which is audited by FIRA International, was launched in 2006 to support and promote sustainable development in the furniture industry. Today, FISP is the standard of sustainable excellence for companies across the furniture supply chain and is internationally recognised as the industry's environmental benchmark.

Paul Little, Senior National Account Manager for Relyon, said: "As an organisation that cares about the environment, we wanted to ensure we are doing everything we can to work sustainably. Becoming a full member of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) has helped us to identify opportunities to enhance our efficiency and sustainability as a business.

"We monitored the use of resources, such as electricity, water and how we are using them. This has prompted us to renew all of the lighting in our showroom to use 30% less energy and we are actively reducing the quantity of waste sent to landfill. Responsibly sourcing raw materials, including wood from FSC or PEFC certified sources, also facilitates our 'due diligence' obligations under the new EU Timber Regulation.

"We are able to provide our customers with the added value of buying from a sustainable company that cares about its impact on the planet, issues which are of growing importance to society as a whole. As an environmentally aware and progressive business, we are very proud to have been certified as a full member of FISP and fully support its goals and aims."

FISP membership demonstrates that the company is taking its environmental and corporate social responsibility obligations seriously. FISP not only focuses on environmental issues, but also: purchasing, end of product life and also social and community issues. FISP membership, therefore, contributes to improving a member's competitiveness in terms of cost savings and production efficiencies.

James Bell, Environmental Consultant at FIRA, said: "Increasingly, companies are asked to prove that sustainability is at the heart of their operations. FISP membership covers an array of environmental management criteria including waste management, energy efficiency, sustainable timber purchasing and responsible procurement together with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aspects such as workplace training, employee development and competitiveness. You can be completely confident that the organisation meets stringent environmental, corporate governance and social responsibility requirements, underpinned by a demonstable commitment to continuous sustainability improvements.

"We are delighted to welcome Relyon on board as a FISP Full Member and look forward to working with them in the future."

FIRA will be continuing to promote FISP in the future by highlighting those in the furniture industry who are concentrating on improving their environmental credentials, as well as to encourage the growth and awareness of FISP membership.

Relyon joins a long list of existing FISP members, which includes Woodstock Leabank, Coexistence, Broadstock, Lee and Plumpton, Magnet, Premiere Kitchens, Moores Furniture, Bene and Senator International.

For details on how you can join the FISP programme contact James Bell, FIRA's Environmental consultant on jbell@fira.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1438 777 602. For more information about FISP, please click here.