"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." - Andrew Carnegie
“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others.” – Thomas A. Edison
At Milliken, we take Mr. Edison’s words to heart every time we set out to create and innovate. We also like to take it one step further, by considering not only the service it might give others, but the service it might give our planet as well.
Every day, we surround ourselves with products and materials that can influence our lives in ways seen and unseen. While it can be easy to see how their tangible experiences can enhance our every day, such as the comfort of cushion-backed carpet, more intangible attributes, like a PVC-free construction, can be less obvious yet are equally as important.
“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” - David Orr
From carbon emissions to the sheer consumption of natural resources due to an exponentially growing population, the impact of human actions on the environment is continuing to compound.
As an extension of our commitment to transparent practices and products that ‘do good’ in the world – Milliken’s floor covering division releases an annual sustainability report. The report details Milliken’s global operations, product offering, and overall environmental impact.
The average person takes 23,040 breaths a day - in our homes, at work and school, and in the larger home we share, Earth. For up to 90 percent of them, we are indoors. From the floor coverings on which children play to the couches families curl up on to watch the latest blockbuster, the quality of the everyday materials that we surround ourselves with is ever more important.
Our associates’ passion to make a direct impact in the communities Milliken serves is more than inspiring. Most recently, nearly 50 associates from our Performance Products division came together to revitalize the first paved trail in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the home of our corporate headquarters.
For four consecutive years, Milliken technologies have been honored with R&D 100 Awards as some of the most technologically significant of their time. Coined the “Oscars of Invention,” the awards program has recognized revolutionary technologies since 1963.
Long before the word sustainability entered our everyday language, Milliken understood that a living enterprise and a living earth were inextricably linked. We understand that our daily actions can impact the earth for generations to come, so we approach innovation with a keen concern for the natural world.