Herman Miller strives to maintain an ethical work environment that promotes dignity and respect, and is committed to positive labour and environmental practices in its own facilities and at the facilities of its suppliers. The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chain to tangible goods offered for sale. Herman Miller makes the following disclosures, as required by the Act and, with respect to its efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale, and confirms that Herman Miller employs the following practices:
Herman Miller’s policies and standards dictate that its suppliers refrain from the direct or indirect use of forced labour and any form of human trafficking. Suppliers are required to certify that they comply with Herman Miller’s policies and standards.
Suppliers are required to demonstrate adherence to Herman Miller’s policies and standards prohibiting the use of forced labour and human trafficking by permitting social and environmental audits. Herman Miller reserves the right to make unannounced visits to all facilities producing/handling our product at any time when we have reason to believe our Vendor’s Agreement is being violated. These audits are conducted by Herman Miller employees and independent third-party audit firms.
Herman Miller requires that its suppliers agree to a Vendor’s Agreement which, among other things, requires them to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, provide a safe and sanitary workplace free from harassment and discrimination, and certify that materials incorporated into the products they supply to Herman Miller do not come from, and that they do not and will not knowingly engage in, any forced labour, slavery or human trafficking. The Vendor's Agreement is intended to make it clear that Herman Miller does not intend to do business with suppliers that are engaged in slavery and human trafficking.
Herman Miller requires its employees to represent it, and to act, at all times, in an ethical manner. Herman Miller seeks to create and maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees and contractors regarding slavery and human trafficking and to make it clear that Herman Miller does not engage in and does not intend to do business with suppliers that are engaged in slavery and human trafficking. As part of these standards and procedures, Herman Miller will advise its employees and contractors to bring any suspected supplier issues involving slavery and human trafficking to the attention of Herman Miller’s management. Possible violations of Herman Miller’s policy against slavery and human trafficking will be investigated and appropriate action taken, including possible termination of a violator’s relationship with Herman Miller.
Herman Miller will provide periodic training for its employees and officers who have responsibility for supply chain management. This training will provide information concerning human trafficking and slavery, familiarise them with identifying slavery and human trafficking issues and address mitigating the risk of such issues within its supply chain of products.