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

By Ray C. Anderson , with Robin White
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11.27 Hours 09/15/2009 unabridged
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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 eighty-two percent, with a goal to reach a zero environmental footprint by 2020. Thoughtful and winning, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist shows how Anderson revolutionized his company—improving quality, bringing costs down, and driving up profits—making it one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. He challenges all industries to share his ambitious goal: to take nothing from the earth that can’t be replaced by the earth.

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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 eighty-two percent, with a goal to reach a zero environmental footprint by 2020. Thoughtful and winning, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist shows how Anderson revolutionized his company—improving quality, bringing costs down, and driving up profits—making it one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. He challenges all industries to share his ambitious goal: to take nothing from the earth that can’t be replaced by the earth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sustainability, argues Anderson, makes just as much business sense as it does a liberal crusade, and he even makes absorbing reading out of the process that transformed his operations…the story of Anderson’s commitment to green practices and the wild success he achieved is fascinating, instructive, and very timely.” Publishers Weekly
“Highly inspirational...Essential reading for anyone, whether lay, student, or practitioner, interested in business success today and in the environment.” Library Journal (starred review)
“If we had a lot more businessmen like Ray Anderson, the planet would be neither bankrupt or overheated. He is a hero, and this book makes clear why!” Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

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Author Bio: Ray C. Anderson

Ray Anderson was named one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2007 and one of MSN.com’s Top 15 Green Business Leaders in 2007 and has received the Purpose Prize from Civic Ventures. He and Interface have been featured in the documentary movies The Corporation and The 11th Hour, as well as in the New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 11.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English