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.
USM Sustainability Report
Two of our product lines, which account for almost 92.2.% of our revenue, carry the Cradle to Cradle certification which is granted only after rigorous assessment of a company’s approach to energy, biodiversity, material responsibility and social fairness.
We still have a lot to do. Based on the results of our first carbon audit, we will use a science-based process to decide where we can have the most impact, fastest.
Want to know more? Read our most recent Sustainability Report.
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 recognise 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 characterised 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 recognise the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an ambitious climate action partnership in line with the Paris Agreement. Our progress contains photovoltaic panels on roof of manufacturing facilities. 73% of electricity used in Münsingen comes from renewable sources. Introducing biomass has eliminated our reliance on heating oil. LED lighting and electric cars in our company car fleet are self-evident.
C2C Certified USM Haller
C2C Certified USM Kitos M