President and Managing Director, LANXESS Inc.
Sandy has a strong vision of sustainability. LANXESS both invests in and works with companies that can help drive sustainability in Canada. Through Sandy’s frontline position on the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Board, he helped all levels of government and the agricultural and forestry sectors to link traditional chemistry with the emerging bio-based chemistry sector. Sandy established the Bio-Industrial Park in Sarnia and strongly promoted the creation of a bio-hybrid chemistry cluster there to attract companies from the sector, then worked within LANXESS and among various levels of government to gain the necessary support for that plan. This has already led BioAmber to make their first North American investment in the Park: an $80 million bio-based succinic acid plant that uses renewable raw materials in place of fossil fuels.
Commitments for 2013: In September 2012 at the Clean50 Summit, most attendees made public commitments for things they would do to "further sustainability" over the next 12 months. Marshall's commitments were:- I will volunteer on the board of a sustainability-focused organization
- I will raise sustainability during a dinner party, hockey game, checkout line, etc
- I will learn the politically acceptable strategies from other jurisdictions (Government, Unions, Interest Groups etc)
- I will convene power brokers (CEO , NGO , Unions Industry associations) by diversity / industry & then aggregate, educate, identify influencers, turn into advocates / leaders;
In Addition: Honourees identified good ideas they liked and would do their best to support. Marshall's "Likes" were:- I will work through my industry (or other sector) organization to share best practice and identify synergies
- I will continue to build my own capacity as a sustainability practitioner
- I am going to lead by example
- I will integrate sustainability content into employee engagement surveys
- I will communicate on sustainability strategy to employees
- Establish long-term sustainability goals and KPIs to track performance
- Increase/enhance engagement of all stakeholders
- I will build public and peer awareness about importance of action on climate change