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S&P Dow Jones names West Michigan companies to sustainability indices

October 7, 2015
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Herman Miller’s Metaform portfolio can be easily configured and re-configured by people who use the pieces. Courtesy Herman Miller

S&P Dow Jones has named West Michigan companies to its 2015 sustainability indices.

Herman Miller was recognized last month as one of 317 companies worldwide on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, or DJSI, for its commitment to economic, environmental and societal sustainability, and Whirlpool Corporation was recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.

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Zeeland-based Herman Miller made the index for the 12th consecutive year

This year, Herman Miller earned an industry-best score in the DJSI categories of environmental policy/management system, occupational health and safety and corporate citizenship and philanthropy.

The company also received top rankings in human capital development, supply chain management, risk and crisis management and customer relationship management.

Herman Miller is the only contract furniture maker on the list.

“Being a good steward of the environment has been central to our way of operating since our founding more than a century ago,” said Gabe Wing, director of safety and sustainability, Herman Miller.

He said the DJSI recognition “validates the positive trajectory of our ongoing work.”

“We're committed to building a better world — one durable chair, one LEED-certified building and one community service project at a time,” added Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker.


Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool is the only home appliance maker on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.

The company was recognized for its commitment to sustainability and natural resource efficiency.

North American companies were evaluated on corporate governance, risk and crisis management, customer relationship management and environmental policy/management system.

“We're honored to have received such an important distinction," said Jeffrey Noel, corporate VP of Communications, Whirlpool.

Whirlpool noted a handful of its recent sustainability efforts, including its move earlier this year to using wind turbines to power its plant in Findlay, Ohio and its partnership with Purdue University on the ReNEWW House, a project to retrofit an existing home to achieve net-zero water, waste and energy.

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