Manutan launches its environmental impact score for its products!

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As part of its CSR strategy, Manutan is determined to be a driving force for change by supporting its entire ecosystem in reducing its impact on the environment. With this objective in mind, we are launching our environmental impact score, which is based on recognised methodological standards, to help our customers make informed choices when buying products. This is an ultra-differentiating approach in the market…

Our ecosystem is ready to take action

Customers are paying increasing attention to their carbon emissions when buying products. To anticipate these ever growing needs, we want to measure and display the environmental impacts for each of our products.

Due to this, we are launching our environmental impact score with the objective of helping our customers compare products within the same category in terms of their environmental performance.

As part of this initiative, we are also looking to engage our suppliers in an eco-design strategy. Their collaboration is essential for this initiative to be successful.

How does it actually work?

The environmental footprint is obtained by analysing the entire product lifecycle, ranging from the extraction of its raw materials through to its end-of-life treatment, according to a recognised methodology (PEF or ADEME, depending on the type of product). These methods focus on 12 to 16 environmental indicators, including the carbon footprint, as well as resource use, water pollution and human toxicity.

Ultimately, we can display three key elements:

  • A score for all the aggregated impacts (the higher the score, the greater the impact)
  • A score from A to E, which is based on the previous score compared to the other products in the same category* within the Manutan product range
  • The carbon footprint kg of CO2


The initiative hits the ground running!

The environmental impact score was the subject of a first pilot phase, tested on a sample of products from 2 categories: office furniture and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Manutan UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy websites have already been updated with our environmental impact score.

The aim is to continue deploying the initiative for an additional 25,000 products covering the whole of the office furniture range for the entire Enterprises Division. The ambition is to expand deployment to include our entire product range within three years.

*The classification is done within a category of Manutan products meeting the same need, defined by the functional unit (for example, the functional unit of a chair is to “have a seating space of at least least  50cm for 1 year).

Lauren Warwick