Herman Miller, Inc., Named 2011 'Corporation of the Year' by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Oct 10, 2011 11:00 AM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) October 10, 2011 - The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) named Herman Miller as its "Corporation of the Year" in the commercial products sector at the MMSDC's 28th annual awards dinner, October 5, 2011. The company was selected for the honor from among several finalists, including its largest direct competitors. This was the fifth time Herman Miller has received the prestigious award since 2005

"We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to creating an inclusive supply chain," said Kim Coffman, Senior Manager of supplier diversity at Herman Miller. "Herman Miller strives to create a better world through all aspects of our business. Working with diverse suppliers, and the support of the MMSDC, brings us closer to that goal."

Herman Miller is committed to developing mutually beneficial business relationships through its supplier diversity procurement program. The company's fiscal 2011 direct spending with minority and women-owned businesses exceeded $100 million, or 16.4% of its total purchasing. Herman Miller is also committed 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, Inc.

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 $1.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2011. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" company in the contract furniture industry. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.