04.10.05

4.10.2005: Meldung: Steelcase Recognized for Environmental Achievements in 2004

Steelcase, a global office environments manufacturer, today announced the company received two awards from WasteWise, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that helps U.S. organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste. Steelcase was honored with a Gold Achievement Award in the Large Business category for Product Stewardship, as well as an Honorable Mention award in the overall Large Business category for the fourth consecutive year. Winners of the WasteWise awards are selected for their accomplishments in waste prevention, recycling collection, and buying or manufacturing recycled-content products.

Steelcase"s vision is to become more environmentally effective by conserving resources, preventing pollution, pursuing sustainability, exceeding compliance obligations and nurturing an environmental consciousness in all employees. In order to carry out this vision, Steelcase sets ambitious goals each year in categories such as waste prevention, recycling, energy conservation, etc. The company also implements many corporate-wide initiatives throughout the year that range from donating cell phones for reuse to an employee involvement program called "Small Green Steps" that inspires employees to take steps at work and at home to reduce environmental impact.

Highlights of Steelcase"s environmental initiatives in 2004 that contributed to the company being awarded include:

- The introduction of the Think chair -- the industry"s most
environmentally responsible chair. The Think chair contains no PVCs, is
99% recyclable and made up of 44% recycled materials (by weight), in
addition to being Greenguard certified.
- In Summer 2004, Steelcase announced an agreement with McDonough
Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) to collaborate on cradle-to-cradle
environmental design and strategy. By benchmarking products using
MBDC"s cradle-to-cradle criteria, Steelcase aims to eliminate waste and
optimize products and processes so that the materials they use are
healthy for humans and the environment.
- The Environmental Partnership Program developed in the Fall of 2004,
which is the industry"s most comprehensive program designed to connect
customers with environmentally responsible after-use strategies for
their Steelcase furniture. The Environmental Partnership Program
supports Steelcase"s life cycle thinking approach to product design and
development -- one that considers the potential environmental impact of
all stages of a product"s life -- from materials selection to end-of-use
strategies.
- Several Steelcase seating, storage systems and movable
walls/architectural products received Greenguard certification in 2004
for low-emitting products and materials.

"Steelcase"s dedication to protecting and preserving the environment serves as a steady drumbeat throughout the company, and greatly influences what products are created, how they are created and why," said Allan Smith, director, communications and environmental strategy, Steelcase. "Being recognized by the EPA is an honor and a testament to Steelcase"s ability to see the big picture by looking beyond the creation of office furniture to the creation of a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable environment for generations to come."

2005 marks the eleventh year of the WasteWise program. Since its inception in 1994, WasteWise has grown to more than 1,300 corporations, government agencies, universities, hospitals, and other organizations committed to cutting costs and conserving natural resources through solid waste reduction.

About WasteWise

WasteWise is a free, voluntary, EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is a flexible program that allows partners to design their own waste reduction programs tailored to their needs.

All organizations within the United States may join the program. Large and small businesses from any industry sector are welcome to participate. Institutions, such as hospitals and universities, non-profits, and other organizations, as well as state, local, and tribal governments, are also eligible to participate in WasteWise.

About Steelcase Inc.

Steelcase, the global leader in the office furniture industry, helps people have a better work experience by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. The company designs and manufactures architecture, furniture and technology products. Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase (NYSE: SCS - News) serves customers through a network of more than 800 independent dealers and approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 revenue was $2.6 billion. Learn more at http://www.steelcase.com.


Source: Steelcase Inc.
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