Our customers want to know what’s in our products, and we’re willing to share. For almost two decades, we’ve collected detailed information on the chemicals and materials in our products. We work deep within our supply chain, manufacturing processes, and products to clean up problematic materials in our aim for cleaner chemistry. We do so because we’re committed to being radically transparent, as well as producing the safest and healthiest products possible.

Through our Design for Environment (DfE) protocol, we not only work to meet all regulatory compliance standards for products, we also endeavor to meet our customers’ needs for healthy, sustainable products and spaces. Our DfE protocol applies to all of our goods sold within North America and is in the process of being adopted throughout our global family of brands.

To that end, we are focused on removing chemicals of concern from our products and ensuring they are not used in our new products. To do this, we have developed a Herman Miller Restricted List of Chemicals based on voluntary building standards, product certifications, and applicable regulations.

Our research has led us to prioritize the following chemicals:


Halogenated Flame Retardants

Heavy Metals & Heavy Metal Compounds

Organic Solvents: Formaldehyde and Methylene Chloride


Perfluorinated Compounds

Phthalate Plasticizers

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

By holding ourselves to stringent environmental requirements, making products that meet the most rigorous certifications, and sharing massive amounts of environmental data, we help our customers achieve their own goals, promote health and well-being, and deliver the best possible products.