SOFEA is a European industry association based in Brussels, bringing the Office Supply Industry together seeking for one common goal:

“To create a simple EU industry-wide eco-rating system accessible and credible for end-users, manufacturers and distributors”

Resellers and manufacturers encouraging the association benefitting both, resellers will have one consolidation knowledge center for office products where instant environmental product data and rating can be found and manufacturers fulfilling one request only to all resellers for providing environmental product life cycle data and demonstrate compliance to EU regulations and directives. 

The SOFEA platform enables resellers and manufacturers to fill out a simple online questionnaire with specific requirements on product, manufacturer and corporate level taking into account the existing labels, standards and methods, reseller requirements and the best practices of the European Commission initiative PEF ‘Product Environmental Footprint’ translating the hotspots; highest impact on environmental within the product life cycle stage of the office product.

It is our mission to improve sustainability in the European industry for office supplies. By a pragmatic, transparent and uniform product rating system for the entire spectrum of office supplies, SOFEA encourages manufacturers to continuously improve their products. We encourage resellers to communicate about the importance of sustainability, by providing them one single metric system and transparent indicator labels. We also motivate and help end-users to make well-considered, sustainable decisions in their buying/procurement process. 

Our Mission

“To create a simple EU industry-wide rating system to encourage innovative, eco-efficient, and responsible office products by taking into account of customer requirements, existing standards, labels, and European methods and which is accessible and credible to end-users, manufacturers, and distributors”

Our Vision

SOFEA has the ambition to become the leading organisation for sustainability for office supplies in the EU. It’s our goal to develop and continuously improve a scientifically approved assessment tool – acknowledged by the European Commission – for all manufacturers and resellers in the line of business of office supplies & stationery.

Our Values
1. Sustainable

2. Unbiased 
3. Transparent
4. Pragmatic
5. European

The objectives
- To build a unique online platform based on an agreed methodology by the industry
- To take into account the existing labels & methods, customer requirements and best practice of the EU PEF pilot
- To establish a single European online platform capturing environmental and social data

- To measure the environmental impact of office by taking the product life cycle approach as basis

- To have the methodology reviewed and ‘approved’ by industry experts

- To have product data validated by a certified independent third party

- To make the product ratings available (online) for end-users, manufactures and resellers

SOFEA facts
- SOFEA was founded in March 2014
- SOFEA is a non-for-profit European association

- SOFEA counts 26 Founding members of which 14 are Board members

- Members are represented by manufacturers and resellers