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For more than 100 years, our brands have worked to improve spaces—and the world around us. We believe that together we can do more.

Doing our part for a better world

We embed sustainable thinking into company culture, so the health of our planet drives business decisions, informs eco-friendly solutions, and inspires our people to leave the world better than we found it.

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Sustainability timeline

Early innovations established MillerKnoll brands as pioneers in sustainability. In 1953, sustainability became a key mission for Herman Miller. In 1978, Knoll hired a full-time environmental engineer. These timelines are a snapshot of our brands’ accomplishments since.


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“We will be good stewards of the Earth”

D.J. De Pree, Founder, Herman Miller


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Named a founding member of US Green Building Council

Herman Miller helped the USGBC establish its LEED certification program, which rewards buildings that reduce stress on the environment.


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Opened the GreenHouse operations center

Our GreenHouse facility in Holland repurposed an industrial site, restored its surroundings, and became a LEED Pioneer building.


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Earned Cradle to Cradle certification

The Herman Miller Design for Environment (DfE) team worked with designers at Studio 7.5 to help the Mirra Chair earn Cradle to Cradle certification, a first for an office product.


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Launched rePurpose

Herman Miller launched the rePurpose program to give new life to used products. To date, it has diverted up to 98 percent of products from landfills.

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Partnered with Ecomedes

Ecomedes simplified sustainable product sourcing with one-click sustainability reports, making it easy to browse the catalog for certifications, eco labels, and more.

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Joined NextWave Plastics as founding member

In four years, NextWave grew to include 11 member companies. It is a consortium working to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastic supply chains.

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Eliminated plastic water bottles

Herman Miller eliminated plastic water bottles at all facilities and set the goal to reduce single-use plastic in packaging by 30 percent.


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Named in top 1 percent in EcoVadis CSR rating

Herman Miller joined the top 1 percent to receive this rating, which measures the quality and results of company CSR systems.


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Launched Revenio textile collection

Revenio implemented 100-percent recycled content and biodegradable polyester in its design.

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Our 2030 sustainability goals

Sustainable design leads to more inspiring products, as well as a culture of people committed to doing things right. Our goals for 2030 continue our collective’s tradition of designing for a world we all want to live in.

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Design out waste

We aim to eliminate waste from our processes, including single-use plastic packaging and waste in landfills, air emissions, and water use.

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Reduce carbon footprint

We aim to reduce carbon emissions from our products and operations by 50 percent, building off our 7,000-ton carbon reduction by mid-2023.

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Source better materials

Materials comprise over 50 percent of the carbon footprint of our products. We want to source them better.

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