Nicoletti Home and Calia Italia are now Forest Stewardship Council certified, confirming that the forests used to supply the wood for the upholstery makers frames are managed in a way that preserves their biological diversity, and benefits the lives of local people and workers.
According to Vincent Scocuzza, vice president of sales and marketing, the new FSC certification is part of a growing sustainability initiative that reflects the continued strength and synergies of the brands, which merged a decade ago to become one powerhouse furniture company.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to continuously improve quality, our company already holds both ISO 14001, and ISO 9001 certifications which speaks to the rigorous steps we have in place for total quality management. However, we have come to believe that it is just as vitally important in the operation of our business to make sustainability a major emphasis in all of our production processes,” the executive relates. “Deforestation and its impact on climate change concern us all and we must do our part. Wood is obviously a major component in our furniture and ensuring that all the wood we incorporate is harvested from well managed forests is just one step in the processes we have underway.”
At a time when the supply chain is so unstable across the entire furniture industry,” Scocuzza believes, “effectively managing resources is more important than ever. It is incumbent upon leaders to align themselves with the right suppliers because synergy and cooperation are truly the name of the game now.”
For this reason, Scocuzza suggests that the Nicoletti Home and Calia Italia brands are particularly well positioned for success not only due to the company’s sheer size and purchasing power in terms of access to raw materials, but also the ability to tap skilled craftspeople and creative talents from across its entire enterprise.
“Both of the companies have had strong relationships and reputations with suppliers of leather, foam and everything else necessary for the manufacture of quality furniture for more than 50 years, and those shared values, combined with the strength of the brands working together as one entity affords us more negotiating power and guarantees from our suppliers. And that, in turn, means our customers can depend on our factories in challenging times.”