Herman Miller, Inc. received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award for its longstanding commitment to manufacturing with wood sourced from responsibly managed forests. The Zeeland, Mich.-based furniture manufacturer is among a select group of businesses dedicated to reducing environmental impacts by protecting against deforestation and forest degradation.
“We’re seeing increasing customer demand for products carrying the FSC claim, so we continue to challenge our suppliers and expand our list of FSC-certified products,” said Gabe Wing, Herman Miller’s Director of Safety and Sustainability. “Herman Miller has been a good steward of the environment since the 1950s, and championing responsible forestry practices is one more way we incorporate sustainability into our business operations.”
Herman Miller began its association with the Forest Stewardship Council in 2007, at which time customers had the option to request FSC-certified materials in their wood products. In 2009, FSC-certified laminate products became available upon request through Herman Miller Options, and the company later expanded its FSC-certified product offerings to include metal storage products with wood components. By 2013, many of Herman Miller’s standard products were FSC-certified.
The second annual FSC Leadership Awards reception took place on November 18 at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington D.C. The event recognizes companies and individuals who demonstrate excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and the commitment to responsible forest management. The Forest Stewardship Council’s mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. Deforestation and forest degradation cause more carbon emissions than the entire transportation sector globally.
For more information on Herman Miller’s commitment to FSC Certification and current list of FSC-certified products, visit our Certified Wood page.