October 12, 2012

Herman Miller, Inc. was recently named the 2012 “Corporation of the Year” in the commercial products sector by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). The award is presented to the corporation that best engages, develops, and promotes supplier diversity, and was announced at the MMSDC’s 29th annual awards dinner on October 2nd. Herman Miller was selected for the honor from among several finalists, marking the sixth time in eight years the company has received the award.

“This award is a reflection of our commitment to supporting the growth and sustainability of small and diverse-owned businesses in our community, and we’re honored to once again be recognized,” said Kimberly Coffman, Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at Herman Miller. “Our focus on creating an inclusive workforce and supply chain is critical for us to be a successful global company, but even more importantly, it’s a way for us to contribute towards the growth and success of our economy.

Herman Miller is committed to developing beneficial business relationship through its supplier diversity procurement program. The company’s total corporate diversity spend for its 2012 fiscal year was $148 million, or 18% of its total purchasing. Herman Miller also continues its commitment to sharing best practices and educating its communities about the value of supplier diversity and its impact both on the organization and society.

MMSDC is a non-profit, 501c 3 organization. Founded in 1977, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) has more than 1,200 certified minority businesses and over 300 corporate members working to further its mission to certify minority businesses; provide access to procurement opportunities; and develop capacity for minority business development. The MMSDC was recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as "Council of the Year" for its work with major corporations to promote minority business development and growth.. For more information visit the MMSDC's website at  www.minoritysupplier.org.

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.7 billion in revenue in fiscal 2012. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt "National Design Award,” in 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also named, for the eighth consecutive year, to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.