Möbelfakta meets market requirements with a complete and updated reference and labeling system.The system is based on three requirement areas:
● Quality (technical requirements)
● Responsible supply chains with regard to socially, environmentally and ethical responsibility
Möbelfakta's board is responsible for the content of Möbelfakta. The Criteria Council develops the criteria in accordance with the ISO 14024 standard, which means that the products meet environmental requirements set by an independent third party, that the requirements are continuously developed and that they are developed from a life cycle perspective. See further under Möbelfakta's criteria council, at the bottom.
The company must be able to present a comprehensive documentation that proves that the criteria in Möbelfakta's requirements are followed. Complete transparency is expected from the company in terms of how the content of the requirements specification is complied with. Compliance checks are performed at both companies and their suppliers. In the event that a company or its supplier violates requirements, corrective action must be taken.
A corrective measure means that a furniture manufacturer ensures that its own company, or supplier, rectifies the deviation as quickly as possible.
Information about the latest revision
A new revision of Möbelfakta requirements specification, part 3: Responsible supply chains with regard to socially, environmentally and ethical responsibility from 1 april 2021.
The purpose of the revision of Möbelfakta's requirements in Part 3 has been to ensure that these continue to correspond to the requirements set in national public procurement. At the time of formulating Möbelfakta's requirements (part 3) in the current version, these are in full harmonized with the Procurement Authority's requirements for sustainable supply chains at the advanced level and the National Office fo rSustainable Procurement.
Extended transition period until October 1, 2021
Möbelfakta extends the transition period for the implementation of part 3: Responsible supply chains with regard to social, environmental and ethical responsibility.
The transition period is extended to 1 October 2021. This takes place against the background of challenges that companies and organizations have during this year when the pandemic characterizes the operations and continuously changes market conditions.
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Möbelfakta's technical requirements are based on these standards. Products that meet Möbelfakta's requirements therefore also meet current standards, which facilitates marketing and when exporting furniture.
▸Use classes / test criteria
With regard to the technical requirements, there are five user environments in Möbelfakta as references for what the furniture can be tested and approved for:
● Domestic, incl. furniture for kitchen and bathroom
● Non-domestic environment, incl. furniture for kitchen and bathroom
● Office environment
Some furniture can be approved for more than one user environment.
There are six categories of criteria
● Safety / Function
● Surface resistance
● Fire / Flammability
Furniture that meets Möbelfakta's quality criteria is objectively inspected and verified. They are judged to withstand normal wear and tear and have the safety and function that can be required for the user environment for which they have been tested and approved.
There are different types of verificates linked to the different criteria in Möbelfakta as below.
▸ Testing institute
There are testing institutes throughout Europe, which check technical requirements for furniture. Some specialize in "Safety & function (1.1), others in the furniture's textile and upholstery (1.5), while some have expertise in all test criteria. The pdf file on the right contains a table of testing institutes and laboratories in Europe.
Möbelfakta's environmental requirements are based on the Procurement Authority's criteria for public procurement of furniture. The procurement authority provides support by developing and disseminating knowledge, tools and methods for public procurement. The environmental criteria are divided into mandatory material requirements and mandatory product requirements.
The material requirements mainly concern raw materials and components used in the manufacture of the furniture, while the product requirements concern the finished furniture. The material requirements include requirements that wood raw material must originate from legal and acceptable sources.
Furthermore, requirements are placed on a number of chemicals that should be minimized or completely avoided in boards, textiles / leather, plastics / rubber, upholstery materials, adhesives and metals as well as products intended for surface treatment.
The product requirements, on the other hand, apply to the furniture itself and include requirements for labeling, spare parts, product information, maintenance instructions and packaging.
The furniture manufacturer must be able to present a comprehensive documentation that proves that the environmental requirements are complied with.
In most cases, especially regarding material requirements, subcontractors must produce the necessary documentation to demonstrate that the requirements are met. With regard to product requirements, it is usually the furniture manufacturer himself who must produce the necessary documentation or, where applicable, certify that measures have been taken to meet the requirements.
Responsible supply chains
Möbelfakta's requirements for responsible supply chains with regard to social, environmental and ethical responsibility are based on the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct. Möbelfakta's requirements for responsible supply chains are in full harmonized with the Procurement Authority's requirements for sustainable supply chains at the advanced level and the National Office for Sustainable Procurement Code of Conduct.
The requirements are divided into two chapters. Chapter one (3.1) covers specific requirements in the areas of: human rights, labor law, the environment and anti-corruption. Chapter two (3.2) contains requirements for the company's work to systematically identify and manage risks of deviations from the requirements specified in Chapter one (3.1).
The requirements apply to the entire supply chain. Supply chain refers to both the company's own operations and the supply chain. Supply chain refers to the company's suppliers and subcontractors who are directly linked to the extraction of raw materials and the production of branded products.
Chapter 1: Requirements within human rights, labour law, environment, and anti‐corruption
The requirements in Chapter 1 are specified in four areas, where it is stated for each area what the company must at least comply with within its own operations and in the supply chain.
As a company, national and local legislation in the countries where the business is conducted must be complied with. In cases where international regulations prescribe stronger protection for the individual than national legislation, the company must take reasonable measures to comply with the international regulations.
Audits may be performed at the company as well as at its suppliers and subcontractors. Full transparency is expected from the company regarding how the requirements are complied with. In the event that a company or its supplier violates the requirements, corrective measures must be taken. A corrective measure means that a company ensures that its own company, or supplier, rectifies the deviation as quickly as possible.
Human rights refer to compliance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Labour law refers to compliance with the International Labor Organization's (ILO) eight core conventions on fundamental principles and rights at work, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 32, the labor law, including provisions on pay, working hours, leave and social security in the country where the work is performed. occupational health and safety and the work environment legislation that applies in the country where work is performed.
Environment refers to compliance with the environmental protection legislation that applies in the country where the work is carried out and that the business must be conducted with regard to the environment surrounding the company.
Anti-corruption refers to compliance with the UN Convention against Corruption as well as the bribery legislation that applies in Sweden, in the country where all or parts of the product are manufactured and such other country's law that otherwise covers the company's operations.
Chapter 2: Policies and procedures
To ensure compliance with the requirements described in Chapter 1, the company must have a systematic approach to prevent and manage any deviations from the requirements and to ensure continuous improvement.
The procedure requirements clarify what the company must have in place within the framework of its systematic work. The systematic work and its routines must be documented and applied continuously in the company's own operations and in the supply chain. The procedures must be proportionate in relation to the risks the company has in its own operations and in the supply chain.
The procedure requirements contain the following parts: Policy commitment, Dissemination of policy commitment, Allocation of responsibilities, Risk analysis, Follow-up, Deviation management
There is guidance for each procedure requirement with the aim of further clarifying the meaning of the requirements and what you as a company need to keep in mind in order to comply with the requirements.
Möbelfakta offers support
To support the work with responsible supply chains, Möbelfakta offers tools and training in the area. The tools include sample templates for risk analysis. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Möbelfakta's criteria council
Möbelfakta's external criteria council has the task of ensuring that relevant and current criteria are set, based on external analysis, expert competence and the interests of the industry and contracting parties.
The criteria must be continuously updated in relation to new science and new legal and market requirements, as well as standardization. Monitoring and comparisons with other labeling systems are also an important part of the Council's work.
Möbelfakta's criteria council meets at least twice a year.