The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) has announced that the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) has secured two new members to its sustainability scheme.

The new members include German-based Interstuhl and London-based Task Systems Limited, who both design and manufacture office furniture, and joined in June and July 2016 respectively.

FISP, which is independently audited by FIRA International and has over 75 members, was launched a decade ago to support and promote sustainable development in the furniture industry.

Stuart Cochrane, FIRA’s sustainability consultant, said: “With many contracts listing sustainability as a requirement for all new furniture purchases, and statistics demonstrating that consumers are becoming more environmentally aware, FISP membership demonstrates a company’s sustainability credentials through independent verification. As well as protecting the environment there are many benefits of becoming a FISP member, including potential cost savings by reducing waste and saving energy.

“We are really pleased that Interstuhl and Task Systems Limited have achieved FISP membership, demonstrating that sustainable development is at the core of their business ethos. We look forward to working alongside them in the future.”