Jim Moriarty is the CEO of Surfrider Foundation. He is an avid surfer, entrepreneur and innovator. Moriarty has more than 15 years management experience in corporate start-ups, specializing in e-learning, e-commerce, infrastructure software, and business-to-business ventures. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems from The Ohio State University, and has had speaking engagements in the US, Europe, Australia and Latin America. He lives with his wife and two children in Solana Beach, CA, where he is also active leading and mentoring high school students on surfing and home-building trips to the Baja Peninsula. He brings to the position a wealth of international, fundraising and team-building experience that translate to leading the Surfrider Foundation.
Question: Have businesses been too slow to go green?
Jim Moriarty: Is there any business that’s been slow? I would say the majority of business has been slow up until the last 12 months and now you’re really starting to see beyond kind of the traditional Vanity Fair green issue with the photo ops and the tree and everything else in the background. That’s candy. What you’re seeing now is real commitments at the governance level within all companies so it would be easy for me to talk about leaders like Patagonia and Yvon Chouinard being so far out and ahead of the curve, dragging everybody along, and now it’s becoming more mainstream. It’s almost that you’re an outlier if you’re not understanding the power of a sustainable business practice.
Recorded on: 9/27/07