Sustainability & Manufacturing Virtual Discussion

09/16/2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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GACC South Members Only.

Registration is required.

This event is in Eastern Standard Time.

A growing number of manufacturers are treating “sustainability” as an important objective in their strategy and operations to increase growth and global competitiveness. But sustainable manufacturing is often too narrowly defined as simply manufacturing products in ways that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. By focusing on how international manufacturing companies in Georgia are implementing sustainability goals, such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, this event will broaden the traditional definition of sustainability to include enhancing the wellbeing of employees and the communities in which companies operate.


Sara Irvani, CEO, Okabashi Brands, Inc.
Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America
Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Group General Manager Research & Innovation (CTO), Solvay Specialty Polymers
Andy Brehm, Site Director, Gainesville Bio Operations, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Moderated by Valerie Thomas, Anderson-Interface Professor of Natural Systems in the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech

Hosted by
Japan-American Society of Georgia