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West Elm

Does West Elm make ethical furniture?

Owned by Williams- Sonoma Inc, West Elm is an above-benchmark brand within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Furniture sector due to its excellent score.

As a top-rated brand, all West Elm needs to do to be awarded Ethical Accreditation is to apply. The Good Shopping Guide would offer West Elm some advice on how to work on its middle and bottom scores before awarding it with our ethical and sustainable logo.

Do you want to find out how other brands within the Ethical Furniture sector score compared to West Elm? Have a look at The Good Shopping Guide’s Furniture Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can teach you all about the criteria that our top-rated brands have met to achieve a high score.

The Good Shopping Guide suggests that all brands follow the example set by our top-rated brands such as West Elm and adopt more ethical practices.

What makes West Elm a sustainable furniture brand?

West Elm’s parent company Williams-Sonoma has a recent Impact Report which mentions West Elm throughout.

The report contains a ‘company-wide goals’ page which includes lots of targets in areas such as responsible sourcing, waste and carbon emissions. The report offers plenty of detail on the company’s plan to reach its targets.

For its lack of negative records, West Elm is also awarded with a top rating for our Human Rights and Animal Welfare categories.

Does West Elm have a Timber Sourcing Policy?

Unfortunately, West Elm does not have a Timber Sourcing Policy.

However, it does have a sustainable furniture range which includes a variety of products. Many of the products in this range are FSC-certified, and the range also includes sustainable pillows and rugs.

As a result, West Elm receives a middle score for this category.

What can West Elm do to improve its score? 

West Elm’s score within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Furniture sector is the result of a calculation of a variety of ethical criteria.

As it already meets our minimum Ethical Benchmark, all West Elm needs to do is get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. By doing so, we would offer it some advice on how to improve upon its lower ratings to become a more sustainable furniture brand. After this, West Elm would be awarded our certification.

Would your Furniture brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other popular brands within the Furniture sector are classed as sustainable and have received our ethics and sustainability certification. Would you like some more information? Please contact us or fill out a rapid initial assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Timber Sourcing Policy


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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