Herman Miller’s Better World Report


2010 Herman Miller Better World Report
2010 Herman Miller Better World Report

Herman Miller puts out their Better World Report each year to share what they are doing to “Build a Better World Around You.”  There are four categories that they highlight: Community Service, Inclusiveness & Diversity, Health & Well-being, and Environmental Advocacy.  Building a better world is not just a goal for Herman Miller, but a part of everyday life.  It is part of why they remain on Fortune’s 100 “Most Admired Companies” and was named an “innovation all-star” on Fast Company’s list of innovative companies.  Some of the highlights:

Community Service

  • Herman Miller allows each employee 16 paid hours/year to work with a charitable organization of their choice
  • 24 cities across the US and Canada participated in the We Care event for the 13th year
  • This year’s Habitat for Humanity house that Herman Miller volunteers built is LEED-rated with gas and electric bills not exceeding $30
  • Exceeding the goal of 10,000, Herman Miller employees logged 13,640 volunteer hours


Image from Better World Report

Image from Better World Report


 Inclusiveness & Diversity

  • 100% rating o Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign
  • 1200 west Michigan children received backpacks filled with school supplies that were prepared and distributed by I&D teams
  • Herman Miller presence at national conferences including National Urban League, Out & Equal Workplace Summit, US Business Leaders Network,  and National Hispanic Corporate Council
  • Celebrated 20th anniversary of Supplier Diversity Program – total spend with minority-owned business 14.5% (goal is 15%)


"Things that Matter" from Herman Miller

"Things that Matter" from Herman Miller


 Health & Well-being

  • Employees are encouraged to car/bike pool and log their hours to be entered into monthly drawings for $50 gift certificates
  • Employee receive reimbursements for purchasing a bike, hybrid or fuel-efficient car, and helmets when riding a motorcycle or scooter
  • Herman Miller’s Injury Incident Rate per 100 employees is 2.8 vs. the industry average of 5.9
  • Four Herman Miller facilities were recognized by the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program
Image from Better World Report

Image from Better World Report


Environmental Advocacy

  • As of May 1, 2010, Herman Miller uses 100% renewable electrical energy in every world-wide facility
  • 7th year on Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Herman Miller’s energy reduction efforts equal not driving 7.5 million miles, or planting 950 acres of trees, or saving enough energy to power 475 averaged size homes for one year

Click here to read the report.  You’ll be inspired by founder DJ DePree and CEO Brian Walker.

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