Responsible Procurement Program

The National Wood Flooring Association's Responsible Procurement Program (RPP) is a joint initiative between 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.

To accomplish this, the RPP has been designed to:

  • Enable participating companies to exercise environmental responsibility in their sourcing, encompassing all wood products that they procure
  • Help companies transition over time to products certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Provide options for exercising due care under the U.S. Lacey Act
  • Provide RPP participants with effective marketing support including use of a program logo

Key Elements of the Program

The RPP is:

  • Open to all companies in the U.S. wood flooring industry and broader U.S. hardwood industries who wish to participate
  • Voluntary
  • Transparent
  • Intended to bring about real change in the wood products trade
  • Verified through independent third-party auditing

The RPP was conceived by the NWFA in conjunction with SCS Global Services, Forest Stewardship Council U.S (FSC), and the World Wildlife Fund.

The RPP entails a commitment to continuous progress within the RPP framework, as measured by increased sales of products approved by the program. The RPP provides progressive “tiers” that act like rungs on a ladder on which participants move gradually upward toward ever-higher levels of social and environmental performance.


NWFA's RPP is part of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standards (NGBS)


Certification to this green building standard provides a credible pathway for the design and construction of sustainable residential buildings, with the goal of minimizing their environmental footprint. NGBS is the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. To learn more about this certification, click to read the press release:

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Congratulations to the following companies that are certified under the RPP:

  • American OEM
  • Anderson Hardwood Floors
  • Mannington
  • Mullican Flooring
  • Shaw Hardwoods
  • Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling

Is your company interested in joining the RPP? Get more information.

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