That chair you bought? See how MillerKnoll computes its carbon impact.
Learn how MillerKnoll uses sustainability data to impact everything from products to the planet.
“Design solves problems. Sustainability is just another problem we have to solve.”
How MillerKnoll Uses Data to Design a More Environmentally Conscious Future
1. Swap spreadsheets for real-time carbon emission views.
By 2030, MillerKnoll plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 50%, eliminate single-use plastic, reduce all waste, and use 50% or more recycled content in its products.
At first, the company tracked its footprint through disjointed Excel spreadsheets that were thousands of rows long. Wing's small team input everything it could get its hands on, including utility bills, distribution invoices, expense reports, and even spreadsheets from other departments.
MillerKnoll also knew the SEC may one day require publicly traded organizations to provide comprehensive, up-to-the-minute reporting on their carbon emissions data. The company’s manual tracking method wouldn’t be able to scale.
With that in mind, MillerKnoll implemented Net Zero Cloud, which works behind the scenes to convert spend data into total carbon dioxide output (tCO2) to track and manage carbon emissions. This means that instead of ballpark estimates, the company can quantify how each chair or desk directly impacts carbon output.
“At the push of a button, we have our annual carbon footprint, so at any given time of the year, we can know where we’re at compared to our goals,” said Wing.
Getting Started with Carbon Neutrality
“Products like Net Zero Cloud are going to become table stakes for companies to track their carbon footprint. If you don’t know where the impacts are coming from, you might be working on the wrong things.”