Remembering Ray

The world has lost a true business leader and sustainability pioneer.  Ray Anderson’s vision that business can and should solve environmental challenges, not create them is one that EDF shares and champions.  Just a few years ago, Ray joined the entire EDF team for our annual staff retreat.  As was his tradition, he finished his remarks by reading an original poem written by one of his employees at Interface titled “Tomorrow’s Child.”  Just like everyone that crossed paths with Ray, we were inspired and energized by his words, vision and accomplishments.  We still are and promise to continue to work hard to make this vision a reality.

Tomorrow’s Child


© Glenn Thomas

Without a name; an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.

A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his shining point of view
I saw a day that you would see;
a day for you, but not for me

Knowing you has changed my thinking,
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you

Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
Though always having known I should.

Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander; what is lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.

Source: Ted Blog