The world's largest corporate sustainability
initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, encourages companies to align their
strategies and operations to help further societal goals. Nearly 10,000
companies from 162 countries have formally committed to this compact, which
comprises 10 principles addressing human rights, labor, environment, and
anti-corruption. These form the foundation of a sustainable enterprise and
ultimately uphold a corporation’s basic responsibility to the planet and those
who inhabit it.
At Milliken, the desire to positively impact the
world around us has helped shape our work as a diversified global manufacturer
for more than 150 years. Blending values-based business practices with the
innate integrity of our associates position us to clearly and boldly showcase
how doing the right thing and being successful in business are not mutually
exclusive. We see this in every interaction, from our supply chain
relationships to the problems our innovations help solve, and we continue to
challenge ourselves to further our ethical mindset and hone our sustainable
Today, we are proud to announce that Milliken & Company will become a supporter of the U.N. Global Compact. “Milliken’s sustainability commitments are now aligned with the global community,” shares Halsey M. Cook, president and CEO for Milliken & Company. “As we implement our 2025 sustainability goals and conduct business with integrity and care, we know first-hand that doing the right thing and profitability are not mutually exclusive. By joining the UN Global Compact, we take the next step to strengthen sustainability at Milliken and around the world.”
This formalized commitment cements our next steps in the journey to redefine how a sustainable enterprise, like Milliken, can contribute to our world. For example, in speaking to the environmental principles outlined in the compact, Milliken’s aggressive 2025 sustainability goals were informed by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Our work in fostering an environment where each and every associate can bring their authentic selves to work mirrors the spirit of the human rights principles. Finally, in our firm commitment to ethical business dealings, our ongoing efforts illustrate the anti-corruption principle in force.
The U.N. Global Compact’s call to responsible business action reaffirms Milliken’s purpose to positively impact the world for generations to come. By publicly announcing our support, we join together with thousands of companies globally in strengthening sustainability at Milliken and around the world.