Interface: Rolling the red carpet for Ray
To all of our Readers:
If there’s any one company that exudes all that this website stands for, then it’s Interface (IFSIA). Interface is to the corporate soul like the late Ray Charles was, and still is, to music.
Despite its risks (and there are always risks) I like this company, I like what it stands for, its vivacity and inventiveness.
Interface is not the kind of company one imagines as being Socially Responsible. It’s kind of small, scrappy and its products (modular carpet tiles) were made with chemicals – many of which were toxic. However…something happened one day when founder (and author) Ray Anderson received an inspirational “ah-ha” moment from a customer.
As Ray describes, it was a dramatic wake up call, analogous to “a spear in his chest.” He then challenged his employees...
“to head the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrialized world what sustainability is in all dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits – and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence.”
But rather than letting me explain, I’ll hand over the microphone to Mr. Anderson. Later, our website will follow-up with an in-depth analysis. You know, a wise man once said that, “we think with our heads when we should be thinking with our souls.” Well, my friends, this is one of those times!