Glossary: Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA)

http://www.bifma.org/ :  A non-profit organization that develops voluntary product and industry standards that support safe, healthy and sustainable environments; publishes key industry statistics; and advocates for legislation and government regulation. BIFMA International and NSF International have released a consensus based sustainability standard that allows manufacturers to certify products and earn recognition. The standard includes criteria for evaluating materials selection and usage; energy and atmosphere; human and ecosystem health; and social responsibility impacts.  A corresponding product certification program also exists called “level”. It is a product labeling program based on the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011e Furniture Sustainability Standard.