Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 29, 2011 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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In 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company: to take nothingfrom the earth that can't be replaced by the earth. Now, Anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of industry to share that goal.

The Interface story is a compelling one: in 1994, making carpets was a toxic, petroleum-based process, releasing immense amounts of air and water pollution and creating tons of waste. Fifteen years after Anderson's call for change, Interface has:
—cut greenhouse gas emissions by 82%—cut fossil fuel consumption by 60%—cut waste by 66%—cut water use by 75%—invented and patented new machines, materials, and manufacturing processes—increased sales by 66%, doubled earnings, and raised profit margins

With practical ideas and measurable outcomes that every business can use, Anderson shows that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; businesses can improve their bottom lines and do right by the earth.

Ray Anderson is featured in the film, So Right, So Smart, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at how his leadership transformed Interface into a company with a sustainable business practices that made it more profitable than it was before.

 

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Contents

Mission Zero
1
The Power of One Good Question
7
One Small Digression and Six Lessons
20
Mountain Climbing
29
The First Face of Mount Sustainability
44
Smokestacks and Other Relics
62
Plugging into the Sun
86
Round and Round They Go
110
The Circle of Influence or Love on the Factory Floor
151
The Final Ascent
174
On Leadership Programs and Policies
191
Science and Skeptics
215
Awakening the Mind and Spirit
225
The Next Ascent
244
Every Reason for Hope
261
LCA Comparison of Two Carpet Tile Backing Types
285

Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane
128

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About the author (2011)

Ray Anderson was named one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment and one of MSNBC.com's Top 15 Green Business Leaders in 2007. He and Interface have been featured in three documentary films, including The Corporation and So Right So Smart. He cochaired the President's Council on Sustainable Development and the Presidential Climate Action Project. He and Interface have been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, and many other publications.

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