Ray anderson book interface carpet

Simply conforming to government regulations didnt satisfy anderson, who has made the march toward total sustainability an integral part of his companys customer appeal. Interface was founded in 1973 by ray anderson, whose decade and a half in the carpet trade had led him to create one of. Ray anderson s midcourse correction gives a compelling argument on the importance of sustainability in the workplace, and how we should utilize technology as a force for change. It put forth a new vision for what its author, ray c.

He was a serious carpet guy, focused on building his company and making great products. In this remarkable book, anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of us to share that goal. Milliken and callaway mills, and, in 1973, he set about founding a. To see how things were going with interfaces mission zero, i. He built interface, a carpet manufacturer based in georgia, into a multibilliondollar business over the course of several decades. Like any business man, he wanted to shake up the market and make a. Hed spent the last 17 years promoting the benefits of sustainable business practices, not only for protecting the. He is an honours graduate of georgia institute of technology.

Ray anderson, who turned his carpetmanufacturing business green and profitable. The title is confessions of a radical industrialist. Ray anderson, founder of interface and green business pioneer, died monday from cancer at the age of 77, leaving an important legacy. Ray anderson started his company, interface, back in the 1970s to make carpet. In doing so ray proved that business can indeed do well. Ray anderson, sustainable biz pioneer, answers grists questions, interview by grist nov. Anderson was founder and chairman of interface, inc. In 1973, ray founded interface in lagrange, ga, bringing the concept of free lay carpet tile to america and beginning a revolution in commercial floorcovering. Anderson, a leading green business advocate and founder of interface, one of the worlds largest carpet manufacturers, died this week. Anderson came to green passions relatively late in his business life. Paul hawken, whose book started ray on his journey, gives an emotional tribute to ray. How a carpet maker became an unlikely hero of the environmental movement. Founded in 1973 by ray anderson, interface has grown into one of georgias largest corporations, with manufacturing facilities located in the united states, the united kingdom, and australia. Ray is one of the pioneers for the corporate sustainability movement.

Anderson was the founder of interface, the largest producer of commercial carpet tiles. Ray anderson founded interface, the company that makes those adorable flor carpet tiles as well as lots of less whizzy but equally useful flooring and fabric. Over at interface, andersons presence still looms large over one of the worlds largest manufacturers of modular carpet and flooring materials. Ray anderson gave a profound and powerful talk about his decadesdeep commitment to sustainable ways of doing business through his carpet company interface culminating in the mission zero plan. But behind the fresh design is a decadesdeep commitment to. Open plan office systems were emerging, bringing with them the need to easily access flat wire and walker duct systemsstate of the art infrastructure at the time. Interface founder ray anderson leaves legacy of sustainability. In short, he has become a corporate version of a rock star, drawing lots of media and public attention.

Rays passion for sustainability and his desire to preserve the earth for future generations has inspired thousands of individuals and sparked a movement, both within interface and in the carpet industry and beyond. But behind the fresh design is a decadesdeep commitment to sustainable ways of doing business culminating in the mission zero plan. Ray chronicled that journey in two books, midcourse correction 1998. Our modular system helps customers create beautiful interior spaces which positively impact the people who use them and our planet. At the lectern before them stood a man of medium build with lean, handsome features and a georgia drawl. Anderson, called the prototypical company of the 21st centurya restorative company that does no harm to society or the environment. Anderson says his book s goal is to relate to readers what hes learned. Meet ray anderson, americas green industrialist time. In the future, people like me will go to jail ray anderson. Ray dives into the world of sustainability and begins to shape business practices with a sustainable lens. Ray anderson, 77, often called the greenest ceo in america for his crusade to turn his billiondollar carpet company into an environmentally sustainable enterprise, died aug. Then he read paul hawkens book the ecology of commerce. The business logic of sustainability free summary by ray.

Now, in the most inspiring business book of our time, anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of industry to share that goal. Now, in the most inspiring business book of our time, anderson leads the way forward and challenges all. Ray anderson founded a carpet company, interface, which became the biggest modularcarpet seller in the world. What ray anderson calls his conversion experience occurred in the summer of 1994, when he was asked to give the sales force at. Interface complied with government regulations, but never went further. In an effort to discover the answer to that question, he read a book. He proved to the world that swinging for the sustainability. Anderson was chairman and chief executive of the worlds largest carpettile manufacturer when he read a book that described people like him as thieves and plunderers of the planet.

This clip is taken from the canadian documentary film the corporation that chronicles ray andersons paradigm shift that led him to initiate a new direction for his company. Anderson went on to pen three books about the experience. Interface pioneered an environmental revolution in flooring. Ray andersons midcourse correction gives a compelling argument on the importance of sustainability in the workplace, and how we should utilize technology as a force for change. Ray anderson has evolved from determined entrepreneur to sustainabilityminded philosopher. After reading paul hawkens book, the ecology of commerce, anderson made a decision to change the way he operated his business. Ray anderson founded the company that makes covetable flor. Ray anderson is a selfprofessed plunderer turned recovering plunderer. Reading paul hawkens the ecology of commerce in 1994. He was known in environmental circles for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and sustainability. Family of interface founder ray anderson carrying on his. Interface was founded in 1973 and brought a european style of carpet tiles which could be easily replaced if part of the carpet became stained or worn to the united states. Ray anderson set out to make his business sustainable long before green was the flavor of the month.

Ray said, the only way the earth can change is if business, the most pervasive and influential force on the planet, is willing to lead. Meanwhile, anderson continues to move interface toward his goal of complete sustainability, making products in a way that will not rob future generations of raw materials or energy resources. After discovering carpet tile in europe in the early 1970s, ray c. At his carpet company, ray anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional take make waste industrial system on its head. Ray anderson founded interface, the company that makes those adorable flor carpet tiles as. Ray anderson, founder of interface and green business pioneer, died.

Ray anderson founded the company that makes covetable flor carpeting. In 1994, at the height of his success with interfacea company he had built from a dream, grit and determinationhe was challenged with a question that would define the rest of his life. Midcourse correction revisited by ray anderson chelsea. Seventeen years and a sea change later, ray estimated that interface was more than. In 1994, anderson, the founder, ceo and chairman of modular carpet tile. This book has been a great inspiration and educational tool for me as i work to build sustainability thinking into my own companys culture. He founded interface in 1973 to equip the emerging, technologydriven office of the future with a new kind of carpet, a floor covering that could change along with its owners needs, as he writes. Anderson died on august 8, 2011, twenty months after being diagnosed with cancer. In 1973, ray founded interface in lagrange, ga, bringing the. He discusses his upbringing and the initial formation of.

Green business video ray anderson interface carpet. With innovations like glasbac backing, which set the industry standard for performance, and intersept, our proprietary preservative, original carpet tile products were strong on technical benefits but weak on aesthetics. During the talk he read a poem written by one of his employees. Anderson was founder and chairman of interface inc. Ray anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the worlds largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, hes also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. Fifteen years later his company, renamed interface, was the biggest carpettile maker on the planet. I had the pleasure of spending a weekend with him at a workshop sponsored by his company, interface carpet. The business logic of sustainability ray anderson teded. A look inside the most sustainable company on earth greenbiz. In 1994, interface founder and chairman ray anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company.

For 20 years, he ran the business in compliance with government regulations but never thought much about. Our modular system helps customers create beautiful interior spaces which positively impact. Anderson chronicled the mission zero journey in two books, midcourse correction. He discusses his upbringing and the initial formation of his carpet tile company, interface. In it anderson recounts his eureka moment as founder and leader of interface, inc. Ray anderson watch his tedtalk, the chairman and founder of carpet company interface inc. How interface proved that you can build a successful business. Ray andersons green business legacy the new york times. Ray anderson 19342011, founder of carpet company interface, pioneered sustainable business practices. His company, interface, manufactured flor carpet tiles and was in the unique position of making a real difference in how business and industry. Ray anderson is amazing and his sustainability story is a demonstration of true leadership on environmental issues. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce. He built the business into a global leader in the commercial carpet industry.

On july 28, 2012, anderson s family relaunched the ray c. Hes the chairman of interface carpet, and hes the author of a new book. Its founder, ray anderson, was featured in the documentary film the corporation discussing environmental sustainability in modern business. Summary when paul hawken, author of the ecology of commerce named and shamed ray anderson the founder and ceo of interface, a petroleumintensive carpet manufacturer as a plunderer of the earth in 1994, anderson took. This group of advisors begins to help interface with its new mission. Anderson july 28, 1934 august 8, 2011 was founder and chairman of interface inc.

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