29.9.2005: Meldung: Herman Miller, Inc., Wins Supplier Diversity Award

The Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) named Herman Miller as its "Corporation of the Year" in the commercial products sector at the MMBDC"s annual awards dinner on September 27, 2005. Other organizations recognized as finalists for the award included ABM Janitorial, Acco Systems, Inc., Balance Technology, Inc., Steelcase, Inc., and Tweddle Litho Company.

"This award recognizes Herman Miller"s ongoing efforts to create an inclusive supply chain representing the diverse business communities in which we operate," said Kimberly Coffman, manager of Supplier Diversity at Herman Miller. "The award is a tribute to our internal team members who work hard to achieve our supplier diversity goals and the supplier partners who share our commitment to inclusion, quality and innovation."

The 22nd annual awards dinner, held at Cobo Hall in Detroit, carried the theme, "Recognizing the Excellence of Diversity," and featured Robert Townsend, President and CEO of The Black Family Channel, as the guest speaker.

Herman Miller is committed to developing mutually beneficial business relationships through its supplier diversity procurement program. It also contributes to sharing best practices and educating its communities about the value of supplier diversity and its impact on the organization and society. In fiscal 2005, the company"s supplier diversity program represented $62 million or 11 percent of the company"s annual vendor purchasing.

"We believe in a level playing field and embrace the opportunity to help diverse suppliers to become successful businesses," said Coffman. "The MMBDC has enabled us to reach these suppliers much more effectively. It"s an honor to be presented with such a prestigious award. I"m thankful to the minority business community for nominating Herman Miller and sharing our goal of building stronger communities."

The MMBDC is a privately funded, non-profit, corporate services organization. Established in 1978, its goal is to unite suppliers and buyers for today"s diverse marketplace. Through certification of minority-owned businesses, MMBDC assures the corporate buyer that an individual business is truly minority-owned, operated and controlled.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. Generating over $1.5 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005, the company was also included in Business Ethics magazine"s "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit http://www.HermanMiller.com .

Source: Herman Miller, Inc.
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