For the 21st time in 23 years, Herman Miller is ranked as the “Most Admired” company in its industry in FORTUNE magazine’s annual survey broadly measuring the reputation of America’s corporations.
Additionally, among all companies in all industries surveyed, Herman Miller is recognized in Top 10 for its Innovation, Social Responsibility and Quality of Products/Services.
The results, published in FORTUNE’s March 16, 2009, issue, rate Herman Miller first among all companies in the furniture industry in six of the survey’s nine key attributes of reputation: Innovation, People Management, Social Responsibility, Quality of Management, Long-term Investment, and Quality of Products/Services.
Herman Miller’s President and CEO, Brian Walker, credits the distinguished recognition to the strengths of the company’s employees: “This achievement belongs to all of those who demonstrate the values that drive our business. Their ongoing commitment to excellence in all areas of the company’s operations continues to produce outstanding solutions for our customers.”
The magazine characterizes the annual listing as “the definitive report card on corporate reputations.” To compile the Most Admired list, FORTUNRE enlisted the help of the Hay Group, which sorted the FORTUNE 1,000 and the top foreign companies operation in the U.S. into distinct industry lists, each containing the ten largest companies. Representatives from a total of 689 companies in 64 industries were then surveyed, along with their respective industry analysts and other third party experts.