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Lessons from Mindful Corporations



Legally, corporations are people. Some, like addicts, are mired in destructive behavior. Others are building a healthy new fast lane. Here are some worth following.

This article appeared in our October 2003 issue. One day Ray Anderson realized with a jolt that he was part of the problem. It was August 1994, and the CEO and founder of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer, understood how much environmental degradation his company caused simply by following perfectly legal, commonly accepted methods of operation. “We do take a lot of petrol-derived materials from nonrenewable sources — natural gas, oil, coal — and we use a lot of energy that today comes from those same fossil fuels that generate greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming,” he says. And back then, “We weren’t terribly mindful of what was coming out of our smokestacks, either. Or what was coming into our factories.” Anderson came to his shattering understanding while reading The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken. It had landed on his desk as he was struggling to write a speech for Interface’s newly formed environmental task force. He didn’t know what to say. He had never considered corporate environmental issue …

Barbara Stahura is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona. Her articles and essays on subjects ranging from spirituality to e-commerce have appeared in national and international print publications, as well as online. She is also a poet and sometime radio essayist.

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