Interface aspires to be the proving ground for a new industrial revolution. In 1994 we started Mission Zero®, our commitment to eliminate our negative impact on the environment, by 2020. By demonstrating that there is a better way to a bigger, more legitimate profit, we are showing the world an undeniably improved business model that we believe can serve as a paradigm for others to embrace. In acknowledging that we are part of the problem, it became our responsibility to become part of the solution. This meant redesigning our company. If a petro-intensive, traditional manufacturing company like us can change, so can anyone.
The bold vision of our founder and chairman Ray Anderson was initially inspired by Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, in which he writes, “There is only one institution on earth large enough, powerful enough, pervasive enough, influential enough to really lead humankind in a different direction. And that is the institution of business and industry.” Interface is driven to leverage our leadership and influence to achieve greater systems change.
Transforming our industry and its systems – starting with our own supply chain – clearly requires collaboration. We simply can’t reach our goals alone. From our earliest days, we have sought out sustainability thought leaders from a range of sectors and disciplines. Our results include the Net-Works® programme and our PVB precoat. By getting involved in bigger movements, we continue to learn, evolve and make new allies on this journey of redesigning commerce.