Create, Grow, Sustain: How Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good

By: James Gowen
Business Roundtable 2014 Create Sustaing Grow Report

The Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of CEOs from leading companies in the United States which strive to uphold strong public policy and a thriving U.S. economy. The CEOs who are members of the BRT lead U.S. companies with $7.4 trillion in annual revenues and more than 16 million employees.  Through research and advocacy, the Business Roundtable promotes policies to improve U.S. competitiveness, strengthen the economy, and spur job creation.  Every year, the BRT publishes a sustainability report with letters from its members. 

Today, the BRT released its 2014 report, "Create, Grow, Sustain: Celebrating Success," with messages from 147 CEOs (including Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam) examining how their respective companies are working to improve the quality of life for people around the world through sustainability programs.

Click here to see the post by Verizon Chief Sustainability Office James Gowen on the Business Roundtable report on his CSO Blog.

James "Jim" Gowen is a change agent. Since taking on the complementary roles of vice president of Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon in 2009, he has enlisted more than 10,000 employees in 23 countries to help reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

Gowen oversees “green” initiatives across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, fuel and energy reduction, employee and supplier engagement, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put.

Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.