For a 12th consecutive year, Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2018.
Milliken is one of only a dozen companies that have earned the Ethishere Institute award every year since it was first given in 2007.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a values-based company among other prestigious organizations,” said J. Harold Chandler, president, CEO, and chairman of Milliken & Co., in a statement. “We consider commitment to a disciplined and consistent culture of ethics and fair play to be a competitive advantage to the global marketplace. Our 7,000 associates are grateful for the recognition extended to our company.”
The 2018 list included 135 companies in 23 countries representing 57 industries, according to Milliken.
Companies are chosen based on a comprehensive assessment through Ethisphere’s “Ethics Quotient.”
“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged,” said Timothy Erblich, CEO of the Ethisphere Institute, in a statement. “Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice.”
Although integrity has always been at the core of Milliken’s values, the company said in 2017 it looked to “advance its integrity further through radical transparency.”
The company said it “sparked meaningful discussions” on issues facing various industries, including the recertification of Continuing Education Unit addressing ethical issues in the architectural and design communities.
Milliken said it “emphasized its role as an environmental steward” and “helped reframe what was thought possible for healthier environments” by implementing a new LEEDv4 credit on materials transparency for floor covering.
The company was recently named the first inductee into EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies Hall of Fame.
In November, Milliken announced it became a founding member of the Well Living Lab, a collaborative research initiative led by the wellness firm Delos and the Mayo Clinic dedicated to studying the impacts of indoor environments on health and wellness.
Milliken also said it “began strengthening communities worldwide” through its Milliken Gives program, which is a three-pronged initiative aimed at fostering community engagement through significant and impactful connections that best suit the preferences of its associates.
“I congratulate everyone at Milliken for being recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies,” Erblich added.
Founded in 1865, Milliken & Co. holds more than 5,000 patents, employs 7,000 associates, and operates 35 facilities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India, and Australia.
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the relocation of the company’s headquarters to Spartanburg County. Today, the facility employs 900 people.