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From Haiti to Xavier, MBA Alum & Grief Inc. Chief Sustainability Officer, Scott Griffin, Speaks with XU MBA and Business Undergrads

12/01/11

Scott Griffin, XU MBA alum, speaking to students about sustainability.

Scott Griffin, XU MBA alum, speaking to students about sustainability.

After eating breakfast with former President Bill Clinton in Haiti and touring the actor Sean Penn's Haitian camp, MBA 1992 alum, Scott Griffin, spoke with Xavier MBA and Business Undergraduate students about sustainability.

Scott told about his visit to Haiti and how his company, Grief Inc. (based in Delaware, Ohio) has made the commitment to replace the large plastic buckets used by Haitian women & children to haul water to their homes.  The buckets had been used to deliver petrochemicals to Haitian farmers.  Upon being emptied, the containers were then re-purposed for water transportation.  The chemicals which leached into the buckets were then going into this water as it was to be used for drinking, cooking, and bathing.  Grief has committed to stop this health risk by replacing the buckets with water carrying backpacks that are manufactured in Saudi Arabia and then brought to Haiti - all for the price of $.99.  Buckets are then collected and re-purposed for other manufacturing uses back in the United States.  The program represents a "win-win" for the Haitian people and for Grief, all the while achieving sustainability and zero waste goals.

65 MBA students and business undergraduates attended the event, which also served as the kick-off for the new Net Impact Chapter at Xavier.  The group founder is Matt Stovall and the faculty adviser is Dr. Becky Luce of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship. 

After taking Dr. Luce's MGMT 621:  Corporate Citizenship: Sustainability, this summer, Matt made a proposal to attend the national Net Impact conference and found a chapter at Xavier.  The chapter is in formation and will be launched in the spring 2012 semester.