Ray Anderson is one of the most prominent business leaders in the country and his story is incredible. Growing up, he learned to grit it out on the football field and in the classroom. Several years later, he applied those lessons to start Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpets. Now, in his new book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, which was released late last week, Anderson challenges the business community to share a goal he set for his company: to take nothing from the earth that cannot be replaced by the earth.
If you’ve read Anderson’s previous book, Mid-course Correction, you know his story. Anderson was tasked with giving a speech about sustainability and really didn’t have much to say. At the same time, someone had placed a copy of Paul Hawken’s widely influential The Ecology of Commerce on his desk. In reading this book, Anderson was hit with the magnitude of the challenge facing business. He was also excited by the opportunity.