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How Can Business Lead Us Toward Global Sustainability?

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Thursday March 31, 2016, 11:45 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
Evans Hall, Classroom 2400

Sustainability is not just good for the society and environment – it is good for business.  Dow’s 2025 Sustainability goals underscore the powerful role of a science company in enabling sustainability. Customers expect more sustainable solutions that address their performance challenges and deliver measurable results, while reducing their footprint.

Join us for a conversation with Neil Hawkins on how Dow optimizes business portfolios to innovate and collaborate on developing solutions that enable not only a sustainable future for the company, but also a sustainable future for the planet.

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About Neil Hawkins: As the Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate Vice President for The Dow Chemical Company, Dr. Hawkins drives strategy and implementation for Dow’s sustainability and EH&S programs, including the Company’s recently announced 2025 Sustainability Goals. Hawkins is a global leader in the private sector in sustainable business practices, EH&S management, and public policy platforms for global sustainable development, and is the architect of many breakthrough collaborations at the intersections of business, government and society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); a member of the International Olympics Committee Sustainability and Legacy Commission; chairman of WBCSD’s Green and Natural Infrastructure committee; and a member of the Committee on Global Policy and Government Affairs of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Additionally, he was recently appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the first business representative to the High Level Group of the GEO-6 global environment assessment. Hawkins holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and is also an alumnus of Georgia Tech.


This event is part of the GE Colloquium in Sustainability Leadership, a program of the Yale Center for Business and Environment, and supported by the GE Foundation, that brings business professionals and thought leaders to campus to help students understand the challenges of achieving sustainability, and to provide them with necessary skills to prepare for careers in this emerging sector.

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