Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose - Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
“America’s greenest CEO” and the hero from the award-winning documentary The Corporation makes the urgent, compelling case that sustainable business pays.

His story is now legend. In 1994, after reading The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken, Ray Anderson felt a “spear in the chest”: the founder of Interface, Inc., a billion-dollar carpeting manufacturer, realized that his company was plundering the environment and he needed to steer it on a new course. Since then, Interface has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 82%, and the goal is to reach zero environmental footprint by 2020. Thoughtful and winning, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist shows how Anderson revolutionized his company, in the process bringing costs down, improving quality, making it one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” — and driving up profits.

*The publisher has aimed for sustainability in all aspects of this book’s production, from the inks and glues to the trim size. The interior paper is 100% post-consumer recycled, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and ancient-forest friendly. Instead of a jacket, the cover boards are wrapped in 100% recycled paper stock coated in a biodegradable varnish – and these are just two examples among many.

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User Review  - CassandraT - LibraryThing

I like how much more specific Anderson is about practice and metrics than Lovins usually is. It's really refreshing and practical. Also, inspiring. Read full review

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Wow! A must read. Hopefully will have the same impact as Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth but for big business. An uplifting book about the struggles, issues, road blocks of changing direction from making ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Ray Anderson is chairman and founder of Interface, Inc. He’s a sought-after speaker and adviser on environmental issues and serves on many boards, including that of the David Suzuki Foundation. In 2007 Time magazine called him a “Hero of the Environment.”

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