In 1989 a group of our employees launched the Environmental Quality Action Team (EQAT) and persuaded senior management to raise the importance of environmental advocacy within Herman Miller’s corporate agenda. This grass-roots effort, typical of our belief in employee engagement, has ensured that being mindful of the environment extends to all groups and all parts of Herman Miller. Site Safety and Sustainability Specialists meet regularly with their respective site teams to share information and ensure that Herman Miller’s environmental management system requirements are maintained.

Six blue circles are grouped together, with arrows pointing inward to the center, illustrating how Herman Miller's environmental advocacy works.

In 2012, we recognised the need to build on our employees’ long history of environmental advocacy by creating a new team that will go above and beyond our goals. Named “Team 53” in honour of the year our founder declared we will be “a good steward of the environment”, this team was officially launched early in the 2013 financial year. The team is charged with re-engaging our employees to bring their creative ideas forward to inspire themselves and others to build a better world.

All told, at Herman Miller today we have over 500 people working on environmental initiatives, directly or indirectly, throughout the company. However, we make every effort to influence all of our employees' attitudes and actions in support of a cleaner environment.

This includes encouraging employees to take action through volunteering, such as adopting roads and waterways to clean up.

Additionally, many of our environmental professionals work with community groups committed to protecting their local environment.