HON: Lean Leads to Green


HON takes its responsibility to the Earth seriously and are committed to sustainable business practices. Their performance in meeting their environmental goals—related to energy efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water intake, and waste to landfills demonstrates their commitment to reduce their environmental footprint.

They believe that implementing cost-effective, more sustainable solutions is a powerful and ongoing source of business value.

Lean Leads to Green

HON manufacturing systems maximize the use of raw materials and ensure efficient use of natural resources to reduce not only their environmental footprint, but yours as well. They are relentless in removing waste in the production process and in everything they do.

They choose materials carefully to ensure minimum indoor air emissions and maximize your ability to return materials to the resource stream once they have served their intended purpose.

Lean Design

It all started in 1947 when HON began making card files from pieces of scrap metal generated from its contract business. Today, they closely examine every step in the product life cycle to uncover ways to minimize our footprint. This starts with designing and manufacturing products that incorporate recycled content. But it doesn’t stop there. 

Lean Manufacturing

Today, sustainable practices in business have become an intrinsic part of overall performance. As these practices evolve, so does the definition of sustainability. They believe sustainability is achieved through an appropriate balance of environmental stewardship, financial stability and community involvement.

Lean Facilities

Rigorous conservation and efficiency programs minimize the use of natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All of their factories’ manufacturing processes and transportation systems have programs in place to reduce energy consumption.