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Discover the long list of awards Milliken has proudly claimed.

Accomplishments & Recognition

Over the years we’ve been recognized for our state-of-the-art products, programs and collections that highlight aesthetics, performance and sustainability. Discover the long list of awards Milliken & Company has proudly claimed.


• Ethisphere Magazine “World’s Most Ethical Companies”
• Starnet Design Award for Unique Installation - Portneuf Regional Medical Center
• Best of Competition – Annual International Interior Design Association/Hospitality Design Product Competition
• Best Booth - Hospitality Design Expo and Conference 2012
• Best Flooring, Carpeting and Carpet Systems (for Allumé) – Annual International Interior Design Association/Hospitality Design Product Competition
• Milliken launches Landfill Diversion Program in the US
• All floor covering products are PVC free in the US



 • Sunoco Sustainability Star Award – Gold Level
 • Hall of Fame Award from the “Made in the USA Foundation”
 • Ethisphere Magazine “World’s Most Ethical Companies”
 • Great Britain’s Sunday Times Green List (6th)
 • Bloom Award Winner, Flooring Category; honors innovations in sustainable interior designs.
 • Finalist in the Flooring: Green Category of the 2011 Best of the Year Awards for Interior Design.
 • NeoCon Silver Award for Rinascita, our 78% recycled content luxury leather tile.
 • Milliken is utilizing the world’s first and only 100% recycled polymer in our Solution Dyed Nylon collections
 • Milliken utilizes methane harvested from landfill at second manufacturing location.
 • All Milliken North American Floor Cover Manufacturing facilities achieved zero waste to landfill initiative.
 • MiiliCare Textile and Carpet Care earned Green Seal Standard for Cleaners for Industrial & Institutional Use. 
 • Milliken introduced an industry first “Greenest” architectural folder.  Our folder is made with 100% biodegradable components and is 100% recyclable at end of life 



 • Member of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise
 • Ethisphere Magazine “World’s Most Ethical Companies”
 • Great Britain’s Sunday Times Green List (13th)
 • Milliken China Floor Cover Manufacturing facilities achieved zero waste to landfill initiative.
 • Milliken & Co receives EHS Today Safest Companies in America Award
 • Milliken Mats launched its UK mat recycling program with the commitment to sustainably convert mats at the end of their usable life in industrial laundries into alternative uses and form factors 
 • Milliken mats launched is line of EcoMat launderable mats to the Industrial Laundry industry, utilizing 100% recycled nylon fiber and 10% recycled rubber 



 • Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) SMART business Recycling Award
 • South Carolina Smart Business recycling Award
 • FORTUNE magazine’s “Best Companies to Work For”
 • Ethisphere Magazine “World’s Most Ethical Companies”
 • Great Britain’s Sunday Times Green List (6th)
 • Milliken Mats launched its US mat reclamation program with the commitment to sustainably manage industrial laundry mats through the end of their usable life in that form factor


 • Recycler of the Year – South Carolina Department of Commerce
 • FORTUNE magazine’s “Best Companies to Work For”
 • Ethisphere Magazine “World’s Most Ethical Companies”
 • Announces second alternative energy from landfill project
 • MilliCare Textile and Carpet Care sponsors the publication of “The Business of Green Cleaning”.
 • MilliCare launches ““environmental impact calculator”
 • Expands Making the Shade to Bacon County, Georgia schools
 • Milliken Mats implemented sourcing practice to ensure that rubber backed textile mats have at a minimum 25% Post-industrial Recycled Content


 • Business Recycling Program Award, Carolina Recycling Associations
 • Milliken’s Chicago Showroom becomes the first space in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, to achieve Gold certification under U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for * Commercial Interiors Rating System version 2.0
 • Ethisphere Institute recognizes Milliken as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies
 • Milliken Floor Covering among ten most trusted brands in China, Premier Design Association in China
 • Named to FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Places to Work For listing
 • Presented first Special Partnership Award from Georgia Forestry Commission for outstanding contributions to urban forestry
 • First Appearances® receives Editors’ Choice Top Product Picks from Buildings
 • Lucerne modular carpet collection receives Editors™ Choice Award for green décor at International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show®
 • American Society of Landscape Architects confers Honorary Membership on Roger Milliken
 • Launches four-pronged Energy Conservation Initiative


 • Milliken certified as a carbon negative company by the Leonardo Academy.
 • Milliken partners with National Arbor Day Foundation
 • TractionBack® honored as a finalist with the inaugural Metafore Innovation Award
 • TractionBack® wines Mi Interiors UK Award for Innovation
 • Joins NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Committee
 • Wins third consecutive Responsible Care® Leadership Award from ACC
 • Joins EPA’s SmartWay™ Transportation Partnership to save energy and reduce emissions
 • Wins Massachusetts Environmental Purchasing & Sustainability Award
 • Pollution Prevention Assistance Division partner (P2AD), Georgia EPA division
 • Partners with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
 • Becomes a Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) partner
 • Supports ‘Making the Shade’ pilot initiative with Georgia Forestry Commission and  Troup County Schools to plant trees for healthy air indoors & out for K-12
 • Receives Responsible Care Leadership Award from American Chemistry Council
 • Milliken Mats introduces its line of EcoFlex residential mats utilizing 100% Post Consumer Recycled Rubber backing.


 • Trees for All program introduced
 • Milliken begins practice of contributing carbon credits to neutralize impact of Greenbuild
 • 180 Walls® introduced
 • Milliken Floor Covering achieves an 85% reduction in its eco-footprint since 1990
 • Cardboard used in shipping reduced by 17,000 tons since 1995
 • First carpet manufacturer to use methane gas harvested from community landfill
 • Receives Best in Environmental Performance Award from FedEx Kinko’s
 • Receives Upstate Forever Environmental Innovation Award
 • Maintains a safety record 92% below the industry average
 • Bio-based TractionBack® introduced
 • MilliCare Textile and Carpet Care sponsors the publication of “Green Clean:  the Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning your Home”.


 • National Arbor Day Foundation presents Frederick Law Olmstead Award to Roger Milliken in recognition of his environmental stewardship
 • Milliken becomes first textile manufacturer to be certified Cleaner and Greener by Leonardo Academy
 • Named in FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Places to Work For listing
 • First U.S. company with 20+ facilities to achieve VPP STAR status
 • Commits to use eLCie System tools
 • Introduces paperless sample order program to save two acres of trees annually
 • Becomes a founding member of Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments
 • Participates in Greenbuild, Portland; supports first USGBC Chapter Awards of Excellence
 • Receives Responsible Care Leadership Award from American Chemistry Council
 • Milliken & Co EHS Today Safest Companies in America Award
 • Safety & Environmental Leadership Award; Johnson Controls


 • Milliken introduces TractionBack® adhesive-free installation system
 • Signs to the Mayor’s Green Procurement Code with London ReMade
 • Milliken Arboretum accepted as member of American Association of Arboreta and Botanic Gardens—one of only three corporate arboreta to receive this designation
 • Launches ES (Engineered toward Sustainability) backing system with recycled content
 • Founding member Alliance of Sustainable Built Environments


 • Milliken introduces No Carpet to Landfill policy
 • First UK carpet manufacturer to get BRE Environmental Profile Rating
 • Participates at USGBC’s first Greenbuild in Austin, Texas
 • Becomes a founding member of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
 • All global textile plants certified to ISO 14001


 • Textile Industries Magazine presents Innovation Award to Milliken & Company for commitment to research
 • Wins Best Paper Recycling Award from American Forest & Paper Association
 • Receives Responsible Care Leadership Award from American Chemistry Council


 • Earth Square® receives Environmental Recognition Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers
 • Earth Square® wins Environmental Innovative Solutions Award from Buildings & Building Interiors Magazine
 • Roger Milliken receives Frances K. Hutchinson Medal from the Garden Club of America for distinguished service to conservation
 • Begins partnership with Reuse Development Organization


* Achieves ISO 14001certification of all U.S. manufacturing plants
• Roger Milliken establishes Noble Tree Foundation
• Receives first esteemed Total Productive Maintenance Awards (TPM) from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance
• World Green Building Council founded November 12
• Named Best Industrial Recycling Program by S.C. DHEC
• Earth Square® selected Best New Product by the U.S. National Recycling Coalition
• Buy Recycled Business Alliance, a partnership of the National Recycling Coalition, names Earth Square® the Most Outstanding New Environmental Product


• Milliken joins USGBC
• First Appearances® entryway system introduced to trap dirt at the entrance way and extend the life of the carpet
• Milliken attends first USGBC Membership Summit—the precursor to Greenbuild
Evergreen Award, General Services Administration


• First textile plant to achieve ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
• Achieves total of solid waste recycled level of 91% and reduces land filled to 9%
• Horticulture in the Digital Era conference draws international horticulturiststo Milliken Arboretum


• First U.S. carpet manufacturer to obtain ISO 9000
• National Association of Chemical Distributors Educational Foundation gives Milliken top honors for product stewardship program
• All Milliken-owned underground storage tanks are removed and sites properly closed


• Lifetime Floor Compatibility warranty introduced for all Milliken PVC-free carpet
• Milliken eliminates 87% of packaging through customer recycling programs
Earth Square wins Keep America Beautiful First Place Award for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
• U.S. EPA names Milliken ‘Environmental Champion’ for outstanding results in the 33/50 chemical emissions reduction program.
• Live Oak manufacturing plant rebuilt with occupancy sensors to conserve energy
• Begins producing annual ‘With Respect for our Earth’ reports
• Wins Green Award from the UK Association of Facility Managers.
• Develops process to reuse coal ash, a boiler byproduct, to manufacture construction materials.


• All Milliken carpet meets CRI’s stringent IAQ Green Label standards
• Joins the ATMI’s quest for the best workplace in safety and health
Association of Energy Engineers bestows Corporate Energy Management Award
Charter member of the ATMI’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program and meets strict recertification requirements each year


• Milliken becomes first UK manufacturer to be ISO 9000 certified
• Collection sites established for Milliken Associates to recycle home wastes including newspapers, aluminum, glass and motor oil
• Begins Partners in Education program to encourage use of renewed tiles through purchase or commercial donation
• Milliken supports founding of USGBC April 6, 1993
• Founding Member U.S. Green Building Council
• Executive Order 12852 establishes President’s Council on Sustainable Development June 29, 1993


• Zero Waste to Landfill policy initiated.
• Milliken introduces Earth Square®, the first and only closed loop carpet renewal process
• Receives European Quality Award
• Milliken meets with USGBC founders and offers support for organization


• Presented with British Quality Award
• Implements a new waste management strategy to cover each step of product life from design to reuse. Priorities are to eliminate, reduce, reuse and recycle
• Milliken replaces chlorine with organic alternatives.
• Milliken Mats eliminates DOP from its rubber formulations


• Milliken establishes formal corporate environmental policy
• First and founding UK carpet manufacturer to join GuT, the European carpet industry environmental body.
• Milliken University establishes an Environmental Education Leadership curriculum for Associates and supply chain.
• Receives Canadian Quality Award based on physical, safety and social measures.
• Milliken replaces chlorine with organic alternatives.

Milliken & Company and its subsidaries were named to Ethisphere™ Magazine's 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" for the 7th year in a row. Ethisphere˜ Magazine publishes the globally recognized World’s Most Ethical Companies Ranking™.