At Herman Miller we believe the future quality of human life is dependent on both economic vitality and a healthy, sustainable natural environment. We do not see these goals as mutually exclusive, but inextricably linked. Mankind's future depends on meeting the needs and aspirations of a growing global population, while enhancing and protecting the ecosystem on which all life depends.
In 2004, we put into place a set of environmental goals that included a zero operational footprint and 100 percent renewable electrical energy. Ten years later, we had largely achieved these goals, having reduced our footprint by 91 percent, and using 100 percent of our electrical energy from renewable resources for over three years. Given the progress toward these goals, we believed it was time to expand our efforts in advocating for the environment.
Our new 10-year sustainability strategy, Earthright, begins with three principles: positive transparency, products as living things, and becoming greener together. We have sharpened our goals around the smart use of resources, eco-inspired design, and becoming community driven. Most importantly, we are finding new ways to involve more employees, suppliers, and customers.
Our commitment is to achieve the following goals by 2023:
- Zero waste
- 50% reduction in water use (30M gallons)
- 50% reduction in energy intensity
- 50% more local renewables (50,000 mwh)
- 100% Design for the Environment-approved products
- 100% level 3 certified products
- 125,000 tons of product taken back per year
We recognize the challenges inherent in setting and meeting these goals, but we believe the exercise of sound strategic thinking across our enterprise, coupled with evolving technologies, will enable us to achieve our objectives. Engaging everyone in our community in this endeavor is vital. Our executive leadership has clearly outlined this commitment.
Herman Miller Safety and Sustainability Policy
At Herman Miller, we approach safety and sustainability two ways.
From the top down, we set goals for safety and sustainability and make performance to these goals part of our CEO’s scorecard.
From the bottom up, we empower people with a passion for wellness and responsibility to lead by example and through organized programs.
These approaches meet in the middle, always striving to improve through commitments to:
- Living, Working, and Being Safe
Promoting safety knowledge, well-being both at work and at home, and the prevention of injuries and ill health.
- Being Resource Smart
Acting on the prevention of pollution, the elimination of all forms of waste, and the efficient use of all resources.
- Being Eco Inspired
Advocating for better, more sustainable products with safer material chemistry.
- Being Community Driven
Sharing best practices with all stakeholders and going beyond compliance with regulations and other requirements.