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Profits with Purpose: Herman Miller, Inc.

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Profits with Purpose: Herman Miller, Inc.

Brian C. Walker, CEO
Zeeland, Michigan

Our Mission and Values

As a business enterprise, Herman Miller is committed to helping customers enhance the performance of their people and spaces. Focusing on customers' present and future needs, the company studies human needs, wants, and behaviors within the built environment, designing and delivering products and services that help customers' habitats perform at their best.

Herman Miller strives to understand and respond to change in the workplace, and chooses to collaborate with designers, technologists, and researchers who bring unique ideas, skills, and cultural understanding to the company. Known for innovation, quality, and durability, Herman Miller's products are designed with a focus both on the individual user and larger organizational performance.

That goal is consistent with the values that define the company and how it functions. Herman Miller is driven by curiosity and exploration, design, performance, engagement, inclusiveness, relationships, transparency, respect for its founding principles and a commitment to build a better world.

Herman Miller's innovations in design, information technology, human resource programs, and environmental practices have made the company a recognized leader in the office furniture industry and beyond. More than 50 Herman Miller designs reside in the permanent collections of major museums, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Henry Ford Museum, and the Smithsonian, as well as other institutions around the world.


The company's commercial success has been built on its dedication to a strong corporate community in which the gifts of all are cultivated and celebrated. In 1950, Herman Miller instituted a formal program of participative management. An organization of employee-owners, the company is committed to problem-solving design, uncompromising quality, and customer satisfaction. As an important corollary, Herman Miller instituted an employee stock ownership program in 1983. Today all full-time Herman Miller employees with one month of service are entitled to own stock in the company.

The responsibility of employee ownership requires capable people to meet high expectations. To ensure it cultivates a talented employee base, Herman Miller has committed to making its organization a community of customers, suppliers, contractors, and employees that includes as many expressions of human aptitude and potential as possible through its inclusiveness and diversity initiative. Herman Miller believes changing demographics, technology, and business conditions have made it clear that inclusiveness is critical to the company's success.

Environmental Stewardship

Herman Miller's interest in the environment began with the convictions of founder D.J. De Pree, who believed that the company should be a careful steward of the earth's resources. This commitment to environmental sustainability has grown and evolved through more than 50 years of programs, initiatives, and teams. During that time, concern for the environment has become an integral part of Herman Miller corporate life, from architecture to product design to all aspects of operations.

Today the company is globally recognized as an industry leader in environmentally responsible product design and manufacturing. Day-to-day operations reflect a triple bottom line of financial, environmental, and social equity.

The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR. To learn more about Herman Miller's commitment to building "A Better World” visit