Gallery: INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate ...


Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he’s also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995, Anderson embarked on a mission to remove Interface Inc.‘s impact on the Earth completely. Below, we talk to the carpet mogul about his new book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, and explore the story behind his quest for sustainability.

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  1. Tafline Laylin February 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thanks Jamie, we appreciate you letting us know.

  2. Jamie Lewis Hedges February 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    You should note that this is a re-post and that Ray passed away in 2011.

  3. kate moylan May 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you!

  4. Frankshaw September 6, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Whatever activities big companies undertake, it has an impact on the society and environment on the whole. Mr. Anderson is certainly an inspiration for the rest of the world for developing a sustainable strategy.

  5. Global Patriot October 7, 2009 at 2:07 am

    The world owes a great debt to Ray Anderson for stepping up and demonstrating what is possible in the world of big business and sustainability. I only wish more corporate leaders would follow!

  6. David Lockman October 1, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Thanks for the fresh interview with Ray Anderson. I really admire what he has done, putting his life and livelihood on the line, to serve as an example to all entrepreneurs.

    Re-engineering an enterprise like carpet manufacturing is not something undertaken lightly. Clearly, Mr. Anderson put in a lot of effort to make it happen, and didn’t do it overnight. And it’s also pretty obvious he was (and remains) passionate about minimizing the negative impact of Interface on the planet. I hope that every CEO, company owner, and exec gets a chance to become familiar with Ray Anderson, and read his books.

    In short – it ain’t easy being green… but it looks like a great idea.

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