USM and Sustainability
– Circularity at Heart

USM evolves with you
– our understanding of sustainability

Rethink, Redesign, Revalue sums up our understanding of sustainability. This starts before the product with the question of individual needs. During its lifespan, USM can be redefined again and again – this makes USM a valued, consistent companion for life and generations to come.

What and how much do you really need? What purposes should a piece of furniture serve? Experienced consultants and virtual planning tools enable us to support you to create a bespoke and conscious purchase. So that you get exactly what you really need, tailored to your current requirements. Once the furniture has been designed, it can always be rethought and adapted to new circumstances.

Each piece of USM furniture is unique, planned and assembled especially for you. Our furniture is designed to be forever reconfigured. Thanks to the high-quality finish and clever design, all components can be exchanged and extended at any time without any problems. This leads to limitless creative freedom, more individuality in design and almost infinite cycles of use.

Thanks to the high quality, colors that never fade and a 100% modular system, decades old USM furniture can be seamlessly combined and upgraded with new components. We believe a product that adapts to your style, your life, your changing needs is relevant and loved. USM furniture is a valuable companion for life, throughout generations.


Our Vision
– becoming a fully circular business
We want to extend circularity principles beyond our products. That means adopting this philosophy throughout our company – from our product development to our manufacturing and new business models, from our communications to our supply chain, operations and the expertise of our people.
Our long-standing commitment to Sustainability focuses on four aspects:
USM Products – Durable and Circular

The longer a product lives, the less it impacts the environment. We build products that endure: versatility of function, wear-resistant materials, fine craftsmanship, reverse compatibility and timeless style all ensure that USM furniture lasts over generations. Each piece of furniture is a unique item, planned and assembled individually according to customer needs – this ensures there is minimal waste and never a surplus. We design to reconfigure – all component materials can be carefully disassembled, checked, and returned to be reassembled. Though our products can be recycled, this rarely ever needs to happen: there is a large second-hand market that USM actively supports by promoting certified second-hand partners.

Our product lines USM Haller and USM Kitos M, account for more than 92% of our revenue and carry the Cradle-to-Cradle® certification. It is the leading multi-attribute standard used globally across industries for designing and making products that enable a healthy, fair and sustainable future according to the world’s most advanced science-based measures.


All our four main product lines carry the UL Greenguard Certification for low chemical emission. Having undergone rigorous scientific testing to meet stringent emissions requirements, this certification approves that our products contribute to a healthier indoor air quality.

Manufacturing – Responsible and accountable

Our approach to conscious and responsible manufacturing begins with our decision to remain based in our Swiss home. All USM products are produced in the factory in Münsingen, just outside Bern in Switzerland, where the family business originated. Our manufacturing processes are carefully built around the goals of maximum safety, energy efficiency and almost total recyclability at every stage. Nearly all of our chrome used is trivalent chrome which is much less harmful to the environment than conventional hexavalent chrome. The powder coating is manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities without the use of solvents or heavy metals such as lead.

People – A responsible employer
Caring about people and their work culture makes both moral and economic sense for a company. Particularly for a company that prizes quality as we do, we recognize that there is no way that we could manufacture the way we do without a healthy, dedicated, highly skilled workforce all acting in concert.

As a Swiss company, respect for human rights is engrained in our culture. USM work environments are characterized by mutual esteem and tolerance. The value we place on ‘human quality control’ in our processes is reflected in our efforts to support our workforce to the highest standards. We actively encourage professional development and support employee health and wellbeing. The average length of service at USM is 11.5 years. Our people stay because they feel valued.

We are rated ‘gold’ for social fairness by the Cradle to Cradle Institute.

Emissions – Zero as soon as possible
We recognize the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and have committed to set the following near-time company-wide emission reductions in line with the latest climate science:

• USM commits to reduce absolute direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 42% by 2030 from a 2021 base year.

• USM also commits to reduce other absolute indirect greenhouse gas emissions (scope 3) by 25% within the same timeframe.

(Our target boundary includes land-related emissions and removals from bioenergy feedstocks.)

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved USM’s above near-term science-based emissions reduction targets. The highly respected climate action organization, partnering with several renowned organizations including the United Nations Global Compact and the Word Wide Fund of Nature (WWF), enables companies worldwide to play their part in combating the climate crisis.

Want to know more about what we are doing to reduce our emissions? Read our most recent Sustainability Report.

USM Sustainability Report