November 20, 2014
Herman Miller Earns Eighth Consecutive Perfect Score in 2015 Corporate Equality Index, Reflecting Commitment to Leadership in Inclusiveness for All
Global Design and Manufacturing Leader repeats 100 percent performance on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Scorecard
Herman Miller, Inc. is once again part of a select group of businesses to receive a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The company joins the ranks of 366 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
“Embracing the unique talents and perspectives of all our employees is an integral part of our business strategy,” said Brian Walker, Herman Miller’s Chief Executive Officer. “By doing so, we create more innovative solutions for our customers, develop stronger community and supplier relationships, and provide a supportive environment where all employees feel welcome and able to bring their whole selves to work.”
The company’s commitment to leadership in the drive for equality for all is longstanding. Herman Miller is a Gold Founding Partner of the West Michigan LGBT Chamber of Commerce and assisted in the formation of the regional chapter. Additionally, Walker serves as co-chair of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, a partnership of business leaders representing companies large and small, associations, and chambers of commerce who support the goal of updating Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Walker concluded, “Inclusiveness and diversity—words we’ve had at Herman Miller for years and ideas we’ve honored here for decades—have become the best way we know how to build a lasting and resilient community. Inclusiveness and diversity aren’t guaranteed. We will advocate for them and use them to take advantage of the human potential in each one of us.”
The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Herman Miller’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $1.9 billion in revenue in fiscal 2014. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2014, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.