When Ray C. Anderson (IE ’56, Honorary PhD ’11), had an epiphany, or as he called it, his “spear in the chest moment,” he was an established leader in the carpet industry. Carpet tiles manufactured by Interface, the company he founded, graced hundreds of thousands of floors, particularly in office environments. It was in 1994 that Anderson realized his company was not environmentally sustainable. He sought to create a positive effect on the environment and to be an example of a change maker to other organizations seeking ways to incorporate sustainability into their business operations.
The Purpose of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
“Ray was a proud and involved Georgia Tech alumnus. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation (a family foundation) felt that creating the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at his beloved alma mater would be a meaningful way of honoring his legacy as a visionary sustainable business leader,” said Beril Toktay, who is the Center’s faculty director, professor, and Brady Family Chair in Management.
The Center is housed within the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business and seeks to empower business leaders of tomorrow to create sustainable businesses and communities through their curriculum, research, programs, community outreach, and partnerships.