2011 Better World Report

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2011 Better World Report

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Stories from our 2011 Better World Report: Spreading the Word
In March 2011, Steve Jackson, Commercial Environmental Manager, represented Herman Miller at the Just Means Social Innovation Awards in London. The audience included executives from well-known companies like Coca Cola, Cisco, Nokia, and Nestle. Steve was glad that in 2010 we reached 91% of our goal to have a zero operational footprint by 2020. He was surprised that Herman Miller was the...
Nov 15, 2011 9:09 AM ET
Stories from our 2011 Better World Report: Roving Leadership Alive and Well
Dan Bos and Terry Lopez saw a problem—too few safety suggestions and too many safety incidents at GreenHouse Operations. They asked Kirsten Barkel to do something about it, and Kirsten took charge. She and a team talked to people, created communication tools, and generally made safety more visible and more fun. Safety suggestions from employees are up 78%; incidents are down 27%. Kirsten...
Nov 8, 2011 9:02 AM ET
Stories from our 2011 Better World Report: Education Always Comes First
In an initiative called "Talent 2014," Herman Miller's Inclusiveness Resource Teams hosted an event with Holland New Tech, a brand-new school in the Holland, Michigan Public School System. We plan to follow 100 eighth and ninth graders through to graduation in 2014, teach them about continuous improvement, teamwork, and collaboration skills at Herman Miller, and in general show them the...
Oct 25, 2011 9:04 AM ET
Stories from our 2011 Better World Report: Connecting With Kids in Bangalore
 Connecting with Kids in Bangalore August 7, 2010, was an unusual Saturday for a group of Herman Miller employees in Bangalore. After 10 days of collecting donations and a 30-minute drive, the team arrived at the Ashraya Orphanage. Fourteen kids greeted them, told them their names, one by one, and continued with “all the innocent things you can think of,” in the words...
Oct 17, 2011 9:47 AM ET