Steelcase partners with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 

April 2011  

Steelcase, global leaders in the office interiors industry, has joined forces with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).


As part of this industry-first partnership, the CSP will officially endorse all Steelcase seating products in the UK in recognition of their ergonomic design and capabilities. 


Mark Spragg, Managing Director of Steelcase UK, said: “Steelcase and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy both share the same commitment to research and wellbeing in the workplace.  We are looking forward to working together, to provide guidance and information to minimize injury and stress in the workplace.”


James Hale, Marketing and Communications Director of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy added: “It is vital employers do all they can to ensure the work environment is safe and comfortable for employees. This is particularly important for office workers who spend hours sitting still and carrying out repetitive tasks. We know from a UK-wide CSP survey that 32% of people who work in offices experience physical pain at work at least once a week, with back pain reported as the most common physical problem (65%) (1). Steelcase recognizes the importance of good ergonomics by designing and creating office furniture with the end users health and well-being in mind. We are delighted to enter into this partnership and to endorse their products.”


As well as recommending Steelcase seating, the partnership will also focus on the highly topical issue of wellbeing in the workplace.


Steelcase research shows that employees who work within supportive environments where, for example, they are seated comfortably and ergonomically, are more likely to feel valued and less likely to suffer from emotional and physical problems that can result in absenteeism and reduced productivity.  


Mark Spragg said: “Today, a growing number of employers see a clear connection between employee wellbeing and organizational performance. High levels of wellbeing mean that people are more able to respond to difficult circumstances, innovate, and constructively engage with other people and the world around them. They’re healthier, too, which reduces illness-related costs.“


James Hale added, “The CSP’s `Move for Health’ campaign has presented consistent evidence that health and well-being initiatives reduce sickness absence and improve productivity at work. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain are one of the biggest causes of sickness absence on any given day (2) and are estimated to cost society and employers around £7.4 billion a year (3).  Provision of good quality, well designed office furniture is an essential factor in helping to avoid pain and discomfort at work.”





For more information please contact Andy Lines or Chessie da Parma at Media House, or 0207 710 0020. 

For media information from the CSP call the press office on 020 7306 1111.


(1)   CSP survey conducted by Opinium Research with 2628 UK adults, March 2010

(2)   Health and Safety Executive 2008/09

(3)   Fit for Work, 2007, Work Foundation.


Notes to Editors:


About Steelcase Inc.

Steelcase is the global leader in the office furniture industry. We help create great experiences - wherever work happens. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishing, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world's leading organizations. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. We design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2010 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion.


About the CSP

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK’s 50,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.  

Visit  for free CSP leaflets offering advice for staff and employers on how to keep healthy in the workplace.