The Emory CREATE (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment) Program
Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD

After reading Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, Ray C. Anderson, the visionary entrepreneur who sat at the helm of the globe’s largest designer-manufacturer of carpet tile (Interface, Inc.), came to see things differently. It was, perhaps, the straw that broke his lingering uneasiness with the business-as-usual routine of the everyday. Concerns about “industrial ecology,” the earth’s “carrying capacity,” and “stewardship” were suddenly on the radar and Ray wanted to make certain that the corporate world was paying attention. “If we’re successful,” Ray contended, “we’ll spend the rest of our days harvesting yester-year’s carpets and other petrochemically derived products, and recycling them into new materials; and converting sunlight into energy; with zero scrap going to the landfill and zero emissions into the ecosystem. And we’ll be doing well … very well … by doing good. That’s the vision.”

The “radical industrialist” was convinced that good business and the cultivation of good biotic citizenship must come hand-in-hand.

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Carol Singer Neuvelt

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