La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy’s success depends on providing the highest value to our customers through competitive price, zero-defect quality, and world-class service. A close, collaborative relationship with our suppliers is essential to delivering maximum value to our customers. This manual has been developed to define La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy’s expectations to create a strong, competitive, value-added supply chain.

This Supplier Requirements Manual defines the minimum practices that must be effectively implemented at your facility and applies to all suppliers of parts, material, packaging, machinery, tooling, or services, to any La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Manufacturing Plant or Distribution Center.

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Supplier inclusion and diversity

It is the La-Z-Boy Incorporated vision to make inclusion part of every product we make. This the foundation of our Supplier Inclusion process, which ensures that businesses owned and operated by individuals from diverse and underrepresented populations have fair opportunity to become La-Z-Boy Incorporated suppliers.

We are happy to share the details of this collaborative process, including a specific list of those who qualify, supplier requirements, the prequalification process, our mission, policies, and testimonials.

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It is the policy of La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Incorporated to operate in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, Federal Safety Standards, and industry adopted voluntary standards of the countries in which it conducts business. La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy also requires that its vendors to operate in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of their country and local governments and the United States. For detailed labor and safety compliance requirements please refer to La-Z-Boy’s Supplier Social Compliance Manual (01SCPOL0135-420) . A copy of this policy may be obtained from a Purchasing representative.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Incorporated reserves the right to monitor suppliers through both announced and unannounced site visits, and audits by third parties and La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy personnel. It is our expectation that all suppliers perform the necessary self-audits to ensure they are in compliance with the policies detailed in this manual. We seek relationships with suppliers that are committed to manufacturing products under fair and safe working conditions and sound environmental practices. If we determine that a supplier does not comply with this policy, we will work with the supplier to develop and implement an appropriate corrective action plan or may, depending on the circumstances, end our relationship with the supplier.

Code of business conduct & product stewardship

As a requirement for doing business with La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy, Incorporated and/or its subsidiaries, Suppliers are required to conduct business in compliance with the Code of Conduct detailed in Policy 01SCPOL0001-415 (Supplier Code of Conduct). A copy of this policy may be obtained from a Purchasing representative. To confirm compliance, Suppliers are required to sign the Supplier Code of Conduct on annual basis and may be audited by La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy or a 3rd Party auditor at any time.

Product stewardship

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Incorporated (LZB) expects that products supplied to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy INC. AND/OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES will meet all applicable legal requirements during manufacture, distribution and sale. Supplier products must also meet additional LZB requirements that go beyond compliance in order to reduce the environmental impact of LZB products.

The Supplier is responsible for contacting their suppliers to ensure accurate and complete information is provided to LZB. Documentation and/or test data, including documentation and data from the Supplier’s supply chain, must be kept on file and made available upon request by LZB.

The Supplier is obligated to communicate in writing to LZB any changes, discontinuance, recalls, or non-conformance that could impact the safety, health or environmental performance of a LZB product.

If potential safety, health, environmental or regulatory issues are discovered by LZB or LZB’s customers, which are determined to be the Supplier’s responsibility, the Supplier will be notified. The Supplier must address the concern in writing within 10 business days to all such notifications. For Contract Manufacturers, this includes taking immediate steps to address the issue for any work-in-process.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy’s detailed Supplier Product Stewardship Requirements are found in Procedure 01SCPOL0002-415 Product Stewardship Requirements and may be obtained from a La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy purchasing representative.


La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy requires 100% on-time delivery performance from all its suppliers and sub-contractors. It is the responsibility of the supplier to notify the affected La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy facility of all possible delivery delays.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy requires notification of the shipment of suspect material. Suppliers are to notify the Supplier Quality or Materials Management organization at the receiving La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy facility of any shipments of suspect material.

Except where otherwise stated in the Purchase Agreement, inbound product shipments to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Branded Business locations shall comply with the requirements laid out in the La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Branded Routing Guide, which is available on request.

For shipments to England and Casegoods business units, contact the purchasing department for specific requirements.

The appropriate La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy personnel must authorize all proposed shipping deviations and/or changes. Where extra charges or costs are incurred that exceed the norm (e.g. existing cartage contracts) the supplier shall track and keep good records of such “premium freight” costs.

Special trade programs

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Incorporated qualifies their product under various Free Trade Programs. As a supplier doing business with La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Incorporated, suppliers are required to provide La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy, on an annual basis, with a valid Certificate of Origin for the trade programs that are currently supported using La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy’s designated Solicitation Website.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy has specific Labeling and ASN requirements which can be obtained from your purchasing contact.

Quality system requirements

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy suppliers must operate within a comprehensive Quality Management System which ensures effective 100% on-time delivery of defect-free product. The Quality Management System must be documented and as a minimum address:

While suppliers are not specifically required to achieve certification to ISO9001:2008, operating within the guidelines of this or similar standards is recommended as a means to meet the Quality System expectations.

Zero defects

Suppliers shall accept Zero-Defects as the Quality Target and continually pursue action plans to reduce internal and external defect PPM to achieve that target.

Suppliers are fully responsible for the quality of their products, and for assuring their products and/or materials function properly as part of a system or assembly. Any product not meeting specification may, at La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy’s discretion be returned to the Supplier. All costs associated with the non-conforming product will be borne by the supplier.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy shall conduct random audits of purchased product. Product may be tested by La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy laboratories or by an accredited third party laboratory. In the event that the audited product is found to be out of compliance with specifications, the cost of the testing shall be borne by the supplier.

Corrective action

When nonconforming material is received by a La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy location, the location Quality Department shall identify and quarantine all suspect material. The supplier is required to implement containment by quarantining defective material and identifying a clean point for subsequent shipments. The supplier is also required to implement corrective actions to eliminate the root cause of the defect and prevent recurrence.

Suppliers shall be responsible for costs associated with non-conforming material shipped to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy, Incorporated facilities.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Residential locations will issue a Supplier Corrective Action Request (SCAR) as detailed in the Incoming Quality Defect Procedure 01QSP0038-445D which is available from a Purchasing representative. La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Residential Suppliers are required to implement containment and corrective action as detailed in the Procedure 01SCP0004-415 (Supplier Corrective Action Request Procedure), also available from a Purchasing representative.

Continuous improvement

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy operates in an environment focused on continuous improvement through the application of Lean Manufacturing principles to improve quality, reduce cost and ensure on-time delivery. Suppliers are expected to have active continuous improvement programs to ensure continued competitiveness.

New product & process planning

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Suppliers shall have effective processes to manage the launch of new products. As a minimum these processes shall address:

Production part approval process (PPAP)

The purpose of the Production Part Approval Process is to provide evidence that all engineering design specifications and requirements are understood and that the manufacturing process consistently produces product meeting these requirements when run by production personnel on production equipment and tooling at full production rates.

Approval of new parts or parts from new suppliers will follow La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy’s Production Part Approval Process. Specific requirements may vary by part, commodity and business unit, but approval generally requires completion of:

Product/process changes

Suppliers, sub-suppliers and sub-contractors shall make no changes to a product (e.g. material, component, subassembly, etc.) or the process used to produce a product without written approval by La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy. This includes changes to sub-suppliers or Process Control Plans.

The Supplier shall contact LZB for product approval with respect to any design and/or process changes as follows:

Unless otherwise specified in writing by your LZB purchasing contact, any changes shall be requested and approved following the La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Supplier Change Request Process (01SCP0008-415), using the Supplier Change Request Form (01SCF0011-415). Both policies are available from a Purchasing representative.

Changes to product or process may require re-submission of appropriate product approval samples and documentation (PPAP).

Product Changes, Discontinuance, Recalls or Non-Conformance (for Casegoods and Finished Goods Suppliers)

The Supplier is obligated to communicate in writing to LZB any changes, discontinuance, recalls, or non-conformance that could impact the safety, health or environmental performance of a LZB product.

If the Goods are the subject of a Recall, whether initiated by Supplier, Buyer or a government entity (including the issuance of safety notices), Supplier shall be responsible for all matters and costs associated with the Recall, including but not limited to:

If potential safety, health, environmental or regulatory issues are discovered by LZB or LZB’s customers, which are determined to be the Supplier’s responsibility, the Supplier will be notified. The Supplier must address the concern in writing within 10 business days to all such notifications. For Contract Manufacturers, this includes taking immediate steps to address the issue for any work-in-process.

Upon request, Suppliers must provide documentation and/or test data to LZB in order to verify additional requirements that will be identified in the Product Stewardship Purchasing Requirements Documents or other similar documents. This includes, but is not limited to:

Supplier selection and approval

In order to promote strong, mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers, all new suppliers must first participate in an approval process to help determine if the supplier has the technical, manufacturing, and leadership culture to sustain a long-term relationship with La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy.

Prior to being selected to provide product to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy, all suppliers must be approved. The Supplier Approval Process requires:

  1. A Non-Disclosure Agreement is signed.
  2. Supplier submits Self-Assessment Questionnaire and Contact List (Forms available on request).
  3. Onsite assessment performed by La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy representative from Supplier Development Team. This assessment focuses on 4 key areas:
    1. Quality
    2. Leadership
    3. Safety and Environmental
    4. Lean Methods / Continuous Improvement Culture
  4. Supplier completes the product stewardship Compliance Profile in the Supplier Portal and provides all required information.
  5. Supplier completes Social Compliance Self-Assessment in the Supplier Portal.
  6. Where appropriate (as determined by the Social Compliance Manager) a Social Compliance onsite audit is completed.
  7. Following a successful onsite assessment the supplier is presented for approval to the La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Procurement Council.

Receiving approval allows the La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy purchasing organizations to source from the supplier if other factors (price, delivery, quality etc.) meet expectations.

Supplier set-up

In order to be set up for transactions in the La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy system the following information and capabilities may be required:

Purchase orders

A Purchase Order must be in place prior to shipment of any production material or parts. Contact your purchasing contact for a copy of the standard Purchase Order Terms and Conditions.

Supplier scorecard

To help drive continuous improvement, and to provide information to support the sourcing process, core suppliers are provided a Supplier Scorecard on a quarterly basis. The scorecard is used as part of the sourcing decision process as well as the primary datum for awarding Supplier Excellence Awards at the end of each fiscal year.

Suppliers are scored in five (5) categories:

Supplier awards

Supplier Awards will be presented annually to recognize and award members of the Supply Chain for achievement in Quality, Cost, Delivery, Customer Service, and Innovation. The Suppliers will be recognized during the Annual Supplier Summit.

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy branded business cover requirements


La-Z-Boy’s cover requirements are some of the most stringent in the industry to ensure our customers will receive their product in a timely fashion and get years of trouble free comfort from it. The requirements in this manual have been developed through years of experience and collaboration with our supplier partners.

This manual outlines the various practices and documents that must be referenced for a successful partnership with La-Z-Boy. The referenced documents can be obtained from a Purchasing representative.

Performance and Product Compliance Requirements for Fabrics, Leather, Cut and Sew Kits, and Outsourced Upholstered Goods

The La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy performance requirements for cover are based on either industry published methods or unique La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy developed test methods. La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy also ensures that our products meet the regulatory requirements for flammability, heavy metal content, phthalate content, formaldehyde, and flame retardants. The test methods and required values are outlined in the following documents:

Quality Requirements

The highest quality product needs to be supplied to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy to ensure efficient manufacturing and satisfied customers of the finished product. La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy reserves the right to perform AQL audits on any cover or cut and sew kits sourced at the supplier’s location. The AQL procedures are outlined in the following documents:

Color consistency is very important as well to allow the mixing of different production lots, color consistency in service, and color consistency in product showrooms or the customer’s home. Suppliers will be provided approved color standards for all products that are sourced. The procedures for color approval and color standards are outlined in the following documents:

EDI Requirements

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy suppliers should have EDI capability to receive PO’s and send ASN’s (Advanced Shipping Notices) to La-Z-Boy. The specifications and technical information for performing EDI transactions with La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy can be found in:


On time delivery is important to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy to ensure we can provide our customers with a high level of service. It is the supplier’s responsibility to maintain accurate data in their work in progress (WIP) report and to notify La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy of a possible delivery delay. Extra shipping charges may be necessary to expedite late shipments to maintain La-Z-Boy’s level of service to our customers. The procedure for late shipments and air shipments are outlined in the following documents:

Labeling requirements for rolls, hides, and cut and sew kits are outlined in the following documents:

Product Changes

Changes to product sent to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy are sometimes necessary to ensure high quality product, replace discontinued components, or to change manufacturing locations. Any change that may impact the performance or appearance of must be communicated to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy in writing. If changes go into effect without La-Z-Boy’s prior knowledge and approval, the supplier is responsible for all costs incurred to approve the change and replace any unapproved product. The procedure for product change is outlined in the following document:

Corrective Actions and Clean Points

Quality issues can arise on occasion that require deeper problem solving to correct. The issues require 8D corrective actions to be filled out and performed by the supplier to ensure the issue is properly analyzed and effective corrective actions are taken to prevent reoccurrence. La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy will notify the supplier when an issue requires an 8D corrective action to be filled out. The procedure for corrective actions is outlined in the following document:

After a quality issue is corrected sometimes the clean point needs to be identified so personnel in La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy plants don’t need to inspect the product. La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy will notify the supplier when a clean point label is necessary. The clean point procedure is outlined in the following document:

New Market Selections

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy attends the High Point, North Carolina Furniture Market twice a year (April and October) to showcase new cover, new furniture styles, and the latest innovations. New Market covers are selected after supplier’s showcase their new developments to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy at their Monroe, Michigan headquarters.

After the new Market covers are selected, the supplier’s must adhere the requirements of testing for Market, shipping schedule for swatching and Market unit yardage, and the necessary sampling yardage requirements. The Market requirements for testing, initial yardage, and a general timeline are outlined in the following documents:

Supplier Scorecard

To provide feedback to our suppliers and grade their performance, each quarter our suppliers are sent a scorecard. Suppliers are scored in four areas: quality, delivery, customer service, and innovation. Scorecards are used in the sourcing process for new Market covers, outsource cut and sew kits, and also for awarding higher performing suppliers for their performance. The different areas and scoring criteria is detailed in the following document:


La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy provides our customers a one year warranty on cover from the date the furniture is delivered into the customer’s home. If the cover does not perform in a satisfactory manner to our customer and the reason for failure is found to be a cover manufacturing defect, the cover supplier will be responsible for the costs associated with the failure. These costs include parts, labor, freight, and possibly replacement of the furniture. Monthly reports are provided to the supplier and following document details the procedure:

For leather hides a quarterly reduction of 0.5% is taken to cover warranty costs. Details of this are provided in:

For outsourced upholstered goods, the warranty terms will be defined in the contract and the process is detailed in:

Return of Product and Quality Chargebacks

If any product that is shipped to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy is found to be deficient in quality, it may be returned to the supplier (at the supplier’s cost), reworked (at the supplier’s cost), the defect may be cut around and the supplier will be debited for the unused material, or the material is donated for training purposes. More details on this process can be found in:

La-Z-Boy’s cut and sew facility in Mexico performs AQL audits on incoming material and from those inspections and daily production a flaw report is generated. The flaw report represents material or defects that are unusable in manufacturing and the supplier is responsible for the cost. More details of this procedure can be found in:

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Casegoods specific requirements

La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Casegoods Division requires all suppliers to sign a Vendor Requirement Agreement that includes requirements specific to La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Casegoods. For Casegoods suppliers, contact your Casegoods purchasing contact for a copy of this agreement.

All finished goods purchased by La⁠-⁠Z⁠-⁠Boy Incorporated must meet all relevant product safety requirements as listed but not limited to those below and those detailed in the Product Stewardship Requirements (01SCPOL0002-415) which can be obtained from a Purchasing representative.