DOW Graduate Seminars (GSO Seminar): Sustainability: How (and Why) Corporations Are Making a Difference

Event Date: April 1, 2008
Speaker: Dr. David Mirth
Speaker Affiliation: Vice President of Innovation, Owens Corning - Insulating Systems Business
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: FRNY G140

Companies throughout the United States and the world are increasingly embracing the concept of corporate sustainability. Corporate sustainability can be defined as operating in a manner that meet the needs of the present without compromising the world left to the future. It is also often described as operating in a way that the company has an increasingly positive economic, environmental and social impact on the communities in which is operates, and on its stakeholders.

This presentation will describe the drivers behind the trend towards corporate sustainability. These drivers reflect the intersection of the needs of our planet and the needs of corporate stakeholders. A framework that illustrates this intersection by linking sustainability to the creation of shareholder value will be discussed, along with examples of sustainability initiatives that are being launched by different companies. Specifically, Owens Corning's commitment to sustainability will be discussed in some detail, along with examples of how this commitment is shaping the company's strategy and actions.