Sustainability is Good Business

Ray Anderson, former “plunderer of the earth,” to discuss his success as a leading architect of sustainability

Madison, NJ (August 7, 2006) — The unexpected hero of the documentary “The Corporation,” Ray Anderson, comes to Fairleigh Dickinson University on September 15 to discuss how he went from a “plunderer of the earth” to the leading architect of sustainability, saving his manufacturing company, Interface Inc., nearly $300 million in the process and helping to ensure a bright future for both the business and natural environments.

Ray Anderson is the founder and chairman of one of the world’s largest interior furnishings companies. His presentation at FDU will look at his awakening to the importance of environmental issues and outline 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.

The company’s cumulative avoided costs from waste elimination and increased energy efficiency since 1995 totals more than $299 million. This not only allowed Interface to survive one of the worst recessions in their industry, it helps other companies and Wall Street realize that sustainability is, in fact, good business.

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” with Ray Anderson begins with breakfast at 8 a.m., to be followed by his presentation from 9-10:30 a.m. The cost is $35 per person, which includes breakfast. The event will be held in The Mansion, on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus in Madison, NJ.

“Mid-Course Correction” is 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.

The registration deadline for this event is September 11, 2006. To learn more or to register, visit , call 973 443 8577, or e-mail

About 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 “manage sustainably?”

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.

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