Interior design professionals create the spaces where people live, work, heal, learn, socialize and play. Designers’ decisions also impact the interior design industry made up of designers, manufacturers, retailers, contractors, consultants, traders, craftsmen and workers all over the world.
With this broad reach, interior designers play an important role in reducing global carbon emissions and regenerating ecosystems to help avert the climate crisis. Interior design professionals are also in a unique position to improve people’s lives and support well-being and prosperity in our communities.
We have a professional obligation to our peers, the public and future generations to strive for a just, healthy and sustainable society.
The Interior Design Pledge for Positive Impact calls on designers to understand, assess and maximize the positive impact of our work by making three interconnected commitments:
Design for the climate:
The climate crisis is the greatest threat to the health and economic prosperity of the planet and disproportionately affects vulnerable communities. Interior design professionals reduce the negative impacts of climate change by committing to:
– Minimize emissions, including operational and embodied carbon, on all projects.
– Optimize design processes to reduce waste and depletion of natural resources.
– Design for adaptability and resilience.
– Design of processes responsible for end of life, deconstruction and dismantling.
Design for health:
Human and ecological health are essential components of a prosperous society and essential for the future of humanity on the planet. Interior design professionals support holistic health and safety by committing to:
– Improve physical health by eliminating toxic and dangerous substances and creating healthy and regenerative environmental conditions.
– Promote the mental well-being and well-being of the people who use our spaces.
– Building social health by fostering better relationships between people and strengthening the community.
– Promote ecological health by emphasizing processes that restore and regenerate air, water and other natural systems.
Design for Equity:
Social equity and climate justice are essential for cohesive, safe and resilient communities. Interior design professionals promote diversity, inclusion and equity by committing to:
– Design to benefit people with different backgrounds and needs equally and equitably.
– Include and reflect the perspectives of underrepresented communities in our work process.
– Make design choices that directly support the health and prosperity of vulnerable communities in our work product.
– Prioritize access and a positive experience for all, regardless of visible and invisible differences.