The Business of Sustainability: Challenges, Opportunities, and Trends
Jerome A. Peribere
This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series featured the keynote presentation “The Business of Sustainability: Challenges, Opportunities, and Trends,” by Jerome A. Peribere, executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and president and CEO of Dow Advanced Materials.
Too many people in the manufacturing industry and in the chemical industry itself continue to think of sustainability as a set of handcuffs—or at best a niche opportunity that may deliver nominal business growth. But the reality is that sustainability is the biggest single business catalyst ever presented to science- and chemistry-based industries. Considering that more than 90 percent of manufactured goods made today have some level of chemistry in them, smart companies are taking the lead to ensure sustainability is integrated into their product and R&D portfolios—with great potential rewards for those who do it right.
About the speaker
Jerome A. Peribere assumed his current position on October 1, 2009, and is based in Philadelphia. He is a corporate officer of The Dow Chemical Company and serves on the Executive Leadership Council. Peribere joined Dow in France in 1977 as a sales representative in Specialty Chemicals. He began working in the agricultural business in 1982 when he was named regional marketing manager of Eastern Europe. He moved to Geneva in 1985 as regional manager for the Middle East and Africa, and became European agricultural business director for Dow in 1988. In 1989 he was appointed commercial director of Europe for Dow’s agricultural business. Peribere moved to Indianapolis in 1993 to assume the position of global commercial director. He became the corporate strategy leader for Dow AgroSciences in 1997, and in 1998 was named vice president, Weed Management Global Business Unit and European Trade Area. In September 2002 he became vice president, Agricultural Chemicals, and later president and chief executive officer of Dow AgroSciences. In May 2007 he was elected to the board of directors of Harris Financial Corporation in Chicago. He is also a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Peribere received a master’s degree in business economics and finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.