Ray Anderson Advocates for Plunderers of the Earth to Make a “Mid-
Leading architect of sustainability gives success tips at Fairleigh Dickinson
Madison, NJ (September 18, 2006)—A capacity crowd heard Ray Anderson, the
unexpected hero of the documentary “The Corporation,” discuss how he went from a
“plunderer of the earth” to the leading architect of sustainability during “Mid-Course
Correction,” a presentation at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday, September 15,
2006. His appearance, sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at FDU,
elicited a standing ovation both before and after he spoke.
Anderson, the founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., one of the world’s largest interior
furnishings companies, described his awakening to the importance of environmental
issues to a crowd of more than 200 business leaders, students and educators. His speech
kicked-off a day of informative seminars to increase awareness of sustainability issues
and to promote specific, grass-roots, action-oriented initiatives on FDU’s campus.
Anderson outlined the steps his petroleum-dependent company, Atlanta-based Interface,
Inc., is taking in its quest to become a sustainable enterprise — one that is never having
to take another drop of oil from the earth. Over the last eleven years, Interface, Inc. has
reduced its use of polluting chemicals by changing the way it prints patterns on carpet,
began piping methane from a landfill into a factory in Georgia to reduce dependence on
natural gas, and has redesigned hydraulic systems used in the manufacturing process to
make them more energy efficient.
Anderson’s book, “Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The
Interface Model,” has been called a blueprint for corporate responsibility and a “must
read” for all endangered species, including our own.
“Mid-Course Correction” was presented by: FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise,
Silberman College of Business, and is co-sponsored by FDU’s Corporate
Communications Institute, Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and by US
Green Builders-NJ Chapter, NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability and
Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.
About the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)
The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University was
founded in the Silberman College of Business in 2005.
The mission of the ISE is to bring people together to learn how to develop and lead
thriving, sustainable enterprises that are “in and for the world.” By sustainable, we mean
simultaneously adding value to the organization while providing benefits to people and
the planet (from an environmental perspective).
Focusing on the critical role that businesses and other organizations play in creating and
enhancing societal, economic, and environmental sustainability in a global business
context, ISE strives to illuminate two enduring pragmatic questions: How can we create
more “sustainable enterprises?”; and How can we help leaders and managers learn to
ISE implements this goal through a three-pronged model: 1) Conducting research on
sustainability-enhancing projects; 2) Providing facilitation and consulting services to
support concrete sustainability-enhancing initiatives; and 3) Developing curricula
(degree programs, seminars, and training programs) to teach leaders/managers and
students to lead and manage sustainably, as world citizens. ISE is committed to helping
leaders and managers develop new roles and competencies for themselves that will
contribute to creating sustainable enterprises in the 21st century.
To learn more, visit http//www.fdu.edu/ise
FDU Public Relations