SOFEA has the ambition to become the leading association for sustainability for office supplies in Europe. With the goal to develop and improve a scientifically approved assessment tool – acknowledged by the European Commission – for all manufacturers and resellers in the line of business of office supplies. We need commitment from the industry to obtain this goal.
SOFEA promotes sustainability in the OP industry for measuring the environmental impact. The SOFEA standard is a good base that can be used by all companies (small/big) and aside your company program. With the COP21 in mind and observing movements from various sectors, stricter regulations will be introduced, which will also affect office products. From the point of view of competition, it is a smart strategy to contribute now to the objectives and mission of SOFEA.
With the product rating system of SOFEA, the product performance becomes transparent for governments, buyers and end-users. The standard gives insight for the business. It is a great way to enhance a fair product evaluation that supports consistent product messaging in the office market.
Furthermore, the product rating system is a meaningful benchmark for the industry players. It gives important information about the sustainability of a product compared to its direct competitors. It also provides insight in the improvement and excellence areas of a product or product group.
SOFEA aims to inspire manufacturers to continuously improve their products and to motivate resellers to communicate about the importance of sustainability. By making the product data more transparent, end-users are able to make well-considered and sustainable purchasing decisions.