Herman Miller is a 112 year old American manufacturer of office furniture, equipment and home furnishings. Over the past few months, the Michigan based company has been acknowledge in a number of sectors related to diversity and inclusion, receiving awards for its support of military veterans, minority businesses, workplace inclusiveness.
According to CEO Brian Walker “Building inclusive communities that value uniqueness in people and thrive on what binds us together, instead of what makes us different, allows us to better serve our vastly diverse audiences around the globe,”
To begin, in November, Herman Miller earned the Human Rights Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index. The HRC ranks corporations based on corporate policies and their support towards employees within the LGBTQ community. The 2017 honor “marked the 11th consecutive year the company received a perfect score on the national benchmarking survey”.
Earlier this month, Herman Miller received the 2017 “Corporation of the Year” award in the Consumer Products Sector by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. The award is an annual acknowledgement of the corporation that best promotes and advances minority owned businesses throughout their organization. In 2017, the company supported more than 250 minority-owned businesses in its supply chain, accounting for 18 percent of it total purchasing. “This is the 11th time in 13 years the company has received the award.”
In the same week, Herman Miller was also “the recipient of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency’s Rising Star Award, which goes to the employer that exhibits new and novel approaches to veteran recruitment and hiring. Herman Miller is part of the agency’s Veteran-Friendly Employer program with works with 157 companies to hire and support veteran talent in their workforce. In 2017, those companies hired more than 2,000 military veterans.”