Simmons Bedding joins HSPC

The Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium has announced that the Simmons Bedding Company has joined the Consortium as a Contributing Member. As a global leader in mattress manufacturing, Simmons’ membership in the Consortium is an important contribution toward establishing the new Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index (HSPI), which will set standards for evaluating sustainability practices and purchases industry wide.

Simmons brings the number of members in the Consortium to twenty-two, including more than a dozen industry-leading suppliers, as well as leading brands, architects, designers, purchasing firms, sustainability consultants and asset owners.

“Our goal in joining the Consortium is to continue as an industry leader in the development of sustainability criteria of most importance to the Hospitality Industry,” said Steve Tipton, VP of Simmons® Hospitality Bedding. Our participation allows us to continue to invest in product innovation and provide economic and environmental solutions that meet the needs of guests, owners, and the industry overall.” He concluded, “We have been working with sustainable materials and processes for years to create a careful balance of cost, return on investment, quality and sustainability, and we are happy to be collaborating with other industry leaders to achieve this balance.”

The Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC), created and led by MindClick SGM, is a collaborative organization to help hotel owners purchase products that both reduce their properties’ environmental impact, and contribute to guest comfort, health and well-being.

Simmons Hospitality Bedding, along with other Consortium members, will help establish criteria for creation of a new Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index (HSPI). The Index will include measures of corporate social responsibility, environmental and product sustainability. Product categories covered include furnishings, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), and operating supplies and equipment (OS&E).

With more than 4.5 million hotel rooms in the United States, the hospitality industry contributes at least 650,000 mattresses to American landfills each year. HSPI will help reduce this impact, by recommending performance criteria that encourage mattress recycling programs, the use of recycled, recyclable, and healthy materials, and product innovation that extends the life of a mattress beyond the traditional seven years.

"We are happy to welcome Simmons to the Consortium,” said JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick SGM™. “It is important to the success of the HSP Index that the Consortium reflect the perspective of a broad group of suppliers, as well as brands, and asset owners.” She concluded, “Like other leaders in the industry, Shafer has demonstrated how to balance cost, quality and sustainability. We look forward to their contribution in shaping the HSP Index.”

Simmons Hospitality Bedding joins existing Consortium members Marriott International, Audit Logistics, Aqua Hospitality Carpets, Benjamin West, Contract Decor International, Delta Faucet Company, Innvision, InterfaceFLOR, Majestic Mirror and Frame, PE INTERNATIONAL Inc., Quiltcraft Industries, Richloom Fabrics Group, RTKL, SERA Architects, and Valley Forge Fabrics.

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