Herman Miller Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index

ZEELAND, Mich. — Herman Miller, part of the MillerKnoll (NASDAQ: MLKN) collective, achieved a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is Herman Miller’s 15th consecutive year of receiving a perfect score and is one of 840 major US businesses who also earned top marks this year. The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

“Every employee is equally valued and our entire leadership team, our Equity Teams and colleagues have prioritized work to ensure we're continually fostering a culture of inclusion,” said Cheryl Kern, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MillerKnoll. “Our HRC results are an important indication of the work we're doing with LGBTQ+ communities and other underrepresented groups to create an environment where they feel safe, are treated fairly, and can thrive.”

Herman Miller supports several nonprofit organizations serving to foster community and advance rights for LGBTQ+ individuals. During Pride Month in 2021, the company partnered with The 519, Vida Alegre and TFCA and are proud sponsors of OutRight Action International, Out on the Lakeshore, and Equality Michigan. Employees can also join the LGBTQ+ Equity Team, an employee resource group advocating for LGBTQ+ employees and their allies in the workplace, and work with other groups to identify and break down inequitable systems that limit the success of others, so everyone has opportunities to grow and prosper.

The company also joins more than 500  major businesses part of the HRC Business Coalition for the Equality Act — a bill that would provide consistent, explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people if passed.

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training.

The results of the 2022 CEI showcase how 1,271 US-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the US, but also how 56% of CEI-rated companies with global operations are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces abroad.

In 2002, the first year of the CEI, only 13 companies achieved a top-score, demonstrating the incredible impact the CEI has had on the business world over its 20-year life. This year’s CEI reflects growth across every measurement category, from the adoption of inclusive non-discrimination policies to equitable healthcare benefits for transgender employees.

The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million US workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

1. Non-discrimination policies across business entities

2. Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families

3. Supporting an inclusive culture; and

4. Corporate social responsibility

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.

About Herman Miller 

Herman Miller is a globally recognized leader in design. Since its inception in 1905, the company’s innovative, problem-solving designs and furnishings have inspired the best in people. Herman Miller is guided by an enduring legacy of design, innovation, and social good. In 2021, Herman Miller and Knoll created MillerKnoll, a collective of dynamic brands that comes together to design the world we live in. 

About MillerKnoll 

MillerKnoll is a collective of dynamic brands that comes together to design the world we live in. Powering the world’s most dynamic design brands, MillerKnoll includes Herman Miller and Knoll, plus Colebrook Bosson Saunders, DatesWeiser, Design Within Reach, Edelman Leather, Fully, Geiger, HAY, Holly Hunt, Maars Living Walls, Maharam, Muuto, naughtone, and Spinneybeck|FilzFelt. Together we are redefining modern design for the 21st century and changing the world for the better. As MillerKnoll, we form an unparalleled platform from which to imagine a more sustainable, caring, and beautiful world for everyone.