Certifications & Sustainability


Today, more than ever, there are concerns over the way that manufacturing companies operate, and over the safety of their products with respect to their impact on the Earth and on human beings. Interior Designers and Engineers, as well as owners and builders are being faced with new challenges: balancing luxury and sustainability, durability and Green design, making LEED ratings accessible and cost effective.

We at John Ralph strive to offer solutions to these challenges and are continuing to improve our ability to provide the conscientious products that guests demand. We invite you to see the difference in our product quality and consistency, and to purchase from us with confidence. See our supplier’s individual certifications below.**


All of our manufacturing facilities are staffed by John Ralph personnel that manage a comprehensive quality control system, operating from the beginning to the end of production—from shop drawing, to the final loading of shipping containers.



All of our solid wood lumber is either farm raised from sustainable plantations local to our manufacturing facilities, or complies with FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain-of-Custody Standards (COC). Our concern for long-term, responsible use of natural resources applies to all of our materials, even our natural, woven fibers.



What is CARB Certification? The CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (CARB) has become the furniture industry air quality standard as it applies to composite wood materials that contain harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is considered a Toxic Air Contaminant (TAC) or Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and is used as the bonding agent in composite wood materials. Holding certification for CARB Phase 1 and 2 means that our suppliers have taken the necessary steps to exceed emissions standards for the protection of your guests and our factory craftsmen.

The icons below represent the following certifications:

carb_pwv_icon_80x80HWPW-VC (3ply to 25ply Hardwood Plywood with veneer core)—CARB Certified Phase 1 and Phase 2.

carb_mdf_icon_80x80MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)—CARB Certified Phase 1 and 2.

carb_tmdf_icon_80x80tMDF (Thin Medium Density Fiberboard)—CARB Certified Phase 1 and 2.

carb_pb_icon_80x80PB (Particle Board)—CARB Certified Phase 1 and Phase 2.

en71_pu_icon_80x80PU-EN71 (Polyurethane Finish)—Tested for over 40 hazardous materials, including TOLUENE, and complies with the requirements of European Standard on Safety of Toys EN71 Part 3:1994+A1:2000+AC:2002. Our Polyurethane finish also complies with the requirements of GB18581:2001 for the indoor decorating and refurbishing materials limit of harmful substance of solvent coatings for wood ware. Our Polyurethane does not contain formaldehyde, commonly found in the furniture industry’s catalyzed lacquers and conversion varnishes.


What is CAL TB117 Certification? This refers to CALIFORNIA TECHNICAL BULLETIN 117 requirements for flammability as it applies to upholstered furniture.

tb117_fm_icon_80x80FM (Foam) All Resilient Cellular Materials used in our case goods and seating meet the requirements for CAL TB117 Certification.

tb133_fs_icon_80x80FS (Furniture System) CAL TB133 flammability requirements apply to the entire furniture piece and depend on flame retardant textiles, which our customers can specify.

* Not all John Ralph furniture items can be CAL TB133 certified due to the custom nature of each order. Average case good and seating items ordered from John Ralph, with CAL TB117 rated fabric and foam, comply with California flammability standards.

** Not all certifications apply to each individual piece of furniture that we manufacture.  Consult with your project manager for more information.



Durability means a long life cycle for our case goods and seating and longevity of design. Our case construction and state-of-the-art polyurethane finish will meet the difficult demands of the commercial environment, where furniture is exposed to harsh chemicals and constant use.


Effective with products delivered on or after January 1, 2009
John Ralph, Inc. is pleased to offer a five-year (5) limited warranty covering all furniture products that we sell that are in normal commercial use from the date of delivery until the end a of five-year period. Each piece of John Ralph furniture shall be free from manufacturing defect in materials, workmanship, or construction. If a defect does appear within the five-year period, John Ralph will take the corrective measures described in our 5 Year Limited Warranty page.