Industry Partnerships

NWFA supports the wood flooring industry by partnering with organizations that also promote hardwood products and responsible forestry initiatives. 

American Hardwoods Promotion

The American Hardwoods promotional campaign was developed to give the hardwood industry a unified identity and to elevate American Hardwoods as the building and remodeling material of choice.

CCA Global Partners

CCA Global Partners cooperates with the NWFA to educate their members on what to look for with wood flooring insurance claims.

Floor Covering Leadership Council

NWFA participates in the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC), which is comprised of executives from 12 associations across the flooring industry: American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA), International Certified Flooring Installers Associations (ICFIA) Marble Institute of America (MIA), National American Laminate Floor Association (NALFA), National Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD), National Institute of Certified Floorcoverings Inspectors (NICFI), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), and World Floor Covering Association (WFCA).

Forest Stewardship Council

NWFA supports the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) through its Responsible Procurement Program (RPP).  The RPP is a joint initiative among leading environmental groups and industry manufacturers committed to producing and promoting wood floors that come only from environmentally and socially responsible sources, improving forest sustainability for future generations.

Learn more about FSC-US.

Global Forest & Trade Network

The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is the World Wildlife Fund's initiative to drive responsible forestry in key regions such as the Amazon, Southeast Asia, Congo Basin, China, Russian Far East, as well as North American forests.

GFTN and NWFA have a Memo of Understanding that provides GFTN's technical assistance to NWFA members who wish to gain greater visibility into their supply chains through methods such as closer supplier engagement, sourcing from GFTN producer companies, implementing robust due care practices for legality, sourcing FSC-certified wood, and utilizing lesser-known species that can take pressure off of rare species that are at risk of overharvesting.

Learn more about GFTN.

Hardwood Federation

The Hardwood Federation coordinates industry policy positions to ensure a unified voice on legislation impacting hardwood businesses. The HF acts as the industry’s advocacy voice on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

Each year, NWFA members participate in the Hardwood Federation Fly-In, an opportunity to address the many challenging issues our industry faces including environmental regulations, green building standards, immigration, tax reform, and more.

The Hardwood Federation PAC (Political Action Committee) offers a direct means to participate in shaping sound public policy and voicing views on issues related to the industry. The HFPAC also maximizes our ability as an industry to educate lawmakers in Washington on workable solutions to the problems we face everyday.

Learn more about the HFPAC.

Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) and NWFA have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines a working relationship of cooperation between the two organizations. The MoU encourages members of both organizations to work cooperatively on wood flooring issues, certifications, standards, public awareness and education efforts related to the cleaning and restoration of wood floors. 

The IICRC also provides a scholarship opportunity for NWFA members participating in continuing education courses. Learn how to apply for scholarship funds and learn more about IICRC.

International Wood Products Association

IWPA is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 200 companies and trade organizations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in more than 30 nations across the globe.

For more information about membership, please visit www.iwpawood.org or contact the office at 703-820-6696.

North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors

The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors and NWFA have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that identifies synergies to better serve the flooring distributor community.

The organizations provide opportunities to provide education, networking and/or exhibit at each other's annual trade show event. 

Learn more about NAFCD.

Small Business Legislative Council

The Small Business Legislative Council is an independent, permanent coalition of trade and professional associations that share a common concern for the future of small business. The purpose of SBLC is twofold: to consolidate the strength and maximize the influence of business on legislative and Federal policy issues of importance to the entire small business community; and secondly, to disseminate information on the impact of public policy on small business.

Learn more about the Small Business Legislative Council.

World Floor Covering Association

Contractors, retailers, dealers, and inspectors can join the World Floor Covering Association through NWFA and save, plus become eligible for a trade scholarship to apply toward your technical training.

Learn more about this opportunity.

Hardwood Floors Magazine

Check out the latest news from Hardwood Floors Magazine, the official magazine of the NWFA.

 

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