Robert J. Clemens, vice president of corporate technology at Eastman Chemical Company, will deliver a lecture entitled “Capitalism Meets Social Responsibility: Running a Chemical Company” at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Science Center lecture hall.
The United States was founded on principles of freedom and personal responsibility, which underpin both individual and corporate performance, Clemens says. Capitalism is a Darwinian interaction in which only the fittest survive, and which is played on a global arena.
Eastman Chemical Company, as a representative American corporation, faces the challenge of operating in a highly competitive environment while holding American standards of social responsibility. Some of the sociopolitical and technical issues that Eastman must manage at this latter interface will be discussed in the lecture, including environmental protection and sustainable product development. Educated, socially responsible citizens will ultimately drive technical efforts and determine sustainable business success.
Clemens received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Ursinus College in 1977, worked for two years in technical services for a polymer company, and then completed his Master of Science and doctorate degrees in Organic Chemistry at Princeton University. He joined the Exploratory Organic Research Laboratory of Eastman’s Tennessee Division in 1982. He was named vice president of technology, chemicals and fibers business group in 2005 and assumed his current position in 2008.
He is a past president of the Paint Research Association, a former board member of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association and serves on several civic advisory boards. Clemens is married and is the father of two grown sons. He is an avid golfer and builds stained glass windows in his spare time.
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