Telling Our
Sustainability Story

Long before it was a buzz word in everyday consciousness, sustainability was a cornerstone of Milliken’s operational excellence. Evolving from the company’s first-ever recycling policy established in 1901 to today’s holistic view of how sustainable products can positively impact our world, we have a long history of championing sustainable measures and challenging what sustainability can accomplish. We are excited to once again challenge the framework of sustainability by enlisting National Geographic to produce a series of custom articles in National Geographic Magazine and digital platforms.

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Watch National Geographic’s video to meet the thought leaders behind an industrial manufacturing company that’s focused on environmental responsibility and innovation.

“Sustainability is a core value that connects our products to people and to our planet,” said Halsey M. Cook, president and CEO for Milliken & Company. “Working with National Geographic amplifies our voice and invites meaningful collaboration in the process as we explore innovative solutions to some of today’s greatest sustainability challenges.”

Launching a thought-leader platform to engage communities, customers, and employees with key sustainability initiatives, we will work with National Geographic to create and share multimedia resources aimed at exploring those sustainability challenges and inviting cooperative discussions.

From a zero waste to landfill commitment to building a global company culture of inclusivity, Milliken developed planet, product and people goals designed to positively impact future generations.

We launched this series with an event at our headquarters focused on our 2025 sustainability goals. Brian Skerry, National Geographic Photographer and Explorer, delivered the keynote address at the event, taking Milliken employees “into the sea” — providing visual context to serious issues threatening our planet and showcasing solutions that are both sustainable and profitable.

“The conversation around creating a healthier future is one we are eager to accelerate. We look forward to seeing how these stories, shared with millions through National Geographic’s print and digital platforms, can inspire new collaborations that will advance solutions for a sustainable world,” concludes Cook.