Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
40 S Alcaniz St, Pensacola, FL 32502
What’s Love Got to do With It?
Becoming a Sustainable Business—The Interface Story
Erin Meezan, Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface will share the story of this global flooring manufacturer’s transformation from a self-proclaimed “plunderer of the earth” to a leading voice in sustainable manufacturing.
The discussion will focus on the role of purpose in guiding and managing a business and what opportunities you can unlock when the organization is aligned behind this purpose. The discussion will highlight areas such as increased innovation, deepened employee engagement and enhanced corporate reputation. In the words of Interface founder Ray Anderson, this approach to business has emerged “not only as the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do from a pure business perspective.”
- 67% prefer to work for socially responsible companies
- 55% will pay extra for products and services from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact
- 52% made at least one purchase in the past six months from one or more socially responsible companies
- 52% check product packaging to ensure sustainable impact
- 49% volunteer and/or donate to organizations engaged in social and environmental programs
(Source: 2014 Nielson Global Survey of Corporate Responsibility)
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors this program is presented at no charge and is open to the public.
Please register, seating is limited.
About Erin Meezan
As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago.
She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels–from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by-product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Masters Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.