Humanscale has been recognized by the 2019 SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Business Sustainability Awards, celebrating the company’s leadership, transparency, and commitment to sustainable business practices. The Environmental Initiative Award granted to Humanscale recognizes specific environmental and sustainability initiatives evaluated on impact metrics, innovation, sharing of insights and investment leads.
Since founding Humanscale over 35 years ago, founder and CEO Bob King has navigated with purpose and a respect for the planet that is evident throughout the company. While many manufacturers aim to reduce their negative impacts, King knows that the challenges facing our planet require more. His guiding principle is that “less bad is not good enough” and his mission for Humanscale is to achieve a net positive environmental impact.
Humanscale is a leader of sustainable design and manufacturing. In its mission to achieve a net positive environmental impact, it has implemented standards for sustainable operations, reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. It has prioritized material transparency, investing research into its supply chain, eliminating red-list chemicals and ensuring Humanscale products are made with healthy, sustainable materials. Every Humanscale product is designed with sustainability in mind from the very beginning. Its Smart Ocean chair, made with recovered and recycled fishing nets, which account for roughly 10 percent of ocean plastic pollution, has already redirected more than 32,000 pounds of nets away from the ocean.
The SEAL Awards evolved from the idea that environmental progress requires true leadership and that sustainability leaders deserve recognition. Winners of the 2019 Business Sustainability Awards were selected by combining and ranking the aggregated results of two sustainability assessments; specifically, the 2019 CDP A-List and the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Other winners include adidas, Tide and PathWater. One hundred percent of the award entry fees were contributed to SEAL’s ongoing Environmental Research Grant initiative, which has provided funding to 19 environmental researchers at institutions like UC-Berkeley, Duke, MIT, and UCLA.