Since Sean and Terence founded Benchmark in 1984, sustainability has been at the heart of our business. It is our mission to create furniture that makes a positive contribution to human health and the environment.


We consider the materials we use, our products and the way we make them; as well as the way we manage our workshops, our employment practices and our waste.

We were one of the first furniture makers in the UK to have chain of custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

We are ISO14001 certified, and are extremely proud to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category twice.


We focus on quality of materials and craftsmanship to offer our customers beautiful furniture that will last for generations.

The longevity of our furniture in itself means that it is a better choice for our environment.  Our use of natural materials ensures that is is reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.



We have chosen to invest in Life Cycle Analysis of our core product collections to enable us to provide independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to demonstrate the low environmental impact of our furniture.


To challenge the way upholstery is usually made, we have chosen not to use plastic foam.

Instead, we have developed upholstery in collaboration with the Naturalmat Company, which uses natural, sustainable and biodegradable materials – coir, latex and sheep’s wool.

This is better for our health as well as overcoming the significant environmental concerns surrounding the disposal of plastic foam in landfill.


We are guided by the principles of the WELL Building Standard, the first building standard to put human health and well-being at its core.


We draw upon the restorative power of nature to design and make furniture with health and well-being in mind.

Our non-toxic furniture is made with natural materials, colours and textures, soft profiles and nature-inspired ergonomic shapes, to create spaces that are more human, welcoming and personal.

Sage High Sofa by David Rockwell

Our furniture has Red List Free Declare labelling that shows where it comes from, what is made of and where it goes at the end of its life. Red List Free means that it contains no harmful toxic chemicals and meets the standards for WELL certified buildings

We are a WELL Accredited Professional team (WELL AP) and members of The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). We hope that this will help us to deliver ever more thoughtful and intentional furniture, and spaces, that enhance human health and well-being.


We offer a ‘Take Back” scheme where furniture can be returned to us when it is no longer needed. It will be refurbished, re-purposed or donated to charitable enterprises.