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In 1994, after reading Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce, carpet mogul Anderson decided to make his carpet company Interface, established in 1973, the first company to achieve 100 percent sustainability, a massively successful effort that has made him a sought-after business consultant (clients include Walmart) as well as an environmental hero. 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. Interface developed processes for recycling old carpets, invented a leased carpet program (too much ahead of its time, admits Anderson), utilized the work of indigenous peoples, switched over to solar and other alternative energy sources, reduced water use and contamination, and, in 2007, even managed to achieve negative net greenhouse gas emissions. What is even more impressive is that Interface achieved this globally-not just in the U. S.-while growing profits. Unfortunately, Anderson is far less compelling when he turns his focus from Interface to leadership strategies, stumbling through the banalities of corporate spirituality and the Golden Rule. Still, the story of Anderson's commitment to green practices and the wild success he achieved is fascinating, instructive, and very timely.
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"Ray Anderson with his team has transformed Interface, Inc. in one of the best cases of sustainability. All employees led by him were committed with the 'climb of Sustainability Mountain', as he says, and believed the challenge was possible. Throughout the book, Anderson reinforces that the concept 'I have financial success or I have environmental success' is not true and I truly believe in it. Besides all the skepticism, he shows us that everybody, from the CEO to the homeowners, can be part of this movement of building a new society. This is the main role of this book: to prove this is possible!"--Fabio Barbosa, President, Grupo Santander Brasil
"Ray Anderson is a personal inspiration for me and for anyone trying to find their way in this new world of green business. He may be ‘radical’ but he’s also a profit-seeking businessman. Confessions tells an amazing first-hand story of a personal and business transformation, a journey from being a cold-eyed capitalist to being…a cold-eyed capitalist, but just with a much larger perspective on what profitable really means. Ray has found a new path that’s good for the planet and great for his business. He’s showing the world how it’s done yet again."--Andrew Winston, environmental strategist, author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold
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
“We are in desperate need of hope in this world, but if hope is to be credible and trustworthy, it has to walk a straight line to reality. No one does this better than Ray Anderson.” –Paul Hawken, author of Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Blessed Unrest
“Anyone who thinks that business leadership on environmental sustainability is an oxymoron must read Confessions of a Radical Industrialist. In a humble, inspiring and informative manner, Ray Anderson describes his own journey to not just tweak the edges of his business towards green goals but to fundamentally re-think and re-design every aspect of its operations to respect environmental limits.
My only hesitation is that we cannot clone Ray Anderson…or perhaps we can? Let’s hope that Confessions of a Radical Industrialist becomes required reading in all business, industrial design, and economics classes so that our next generation of business leaders continue in the direction that Anderson has begun.” --Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff
Great description of a greening process in a listed company. An inspiration for othersPublished 1 month ago by Pierre Mottet
Ray Anderson writes a compelling story of turning a wasteful, oil-thirsty business, Interface, into a nearly carbon-neutral business in a few decades. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brad
Carpet manufacture is not a glorious business. Yet Interface Global, the Georgia company founded by Ray Anderson, deserves a share of glory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher Paul Winter
Persuasively written by a man with the vision required, but not realized in our nation.Published 11 months ago by Robert Williams
A very inspiring book with a down to earth guide for leaders on how to approach a sustainability program and strategy.Published 11 months ago by Rey
The concept of a "radical industrialist" is presented in an understandable manner by one of its purest proponents. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael S.
I found this book to be inspiring and offering hope for our future. I am sorry that Mr. Anderson did not live longer to spread the message that industry can find new ways operating... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Martin Gonzalez, PhD
Not the newest sustainability book, but should be required reading for anyone who wants to get sustainability done in a corporation.Published 18 months ago by Carol Baroudi
This is a really good book if you are interested in sustainability. Ray Anderson tells the story of how his company (Interface Flooring) began making efforts to "go... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mike