Scientific and Chemical Data Implementation to Increase Sustainability Engagement

Jeffrey Whitford, MilliporeSigma

Working with scientists on green chemistry is a new experiment. Sustainability and green chemistry are typically secondary or not even on the radar in terms of considerations when conducting research. How do we change the dynamic to engage scientists to encourage them to consider the impact of their research and then make alterations? We believe the answer is information. In this talk we'll highlight strategies that MilliporeSigma is implementing to engage scientists globally on the topic of Green Chemistry and arming scientists with data to make better decisions.

Learning Objectives

  • How to use quantification to engage scientists
  • What data is needed and how do you get it
  • How to frame the opportunity


Jeffrey Whitford joined Sigma-Aldrich in 2005 and since that time has served in a variety of positions including the company's first-ever head of Global Citizenship. After the acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2015 he was named Director of Corporate Responsibility for the Life Science business. In his latest role, Whitford is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs designed to enhance MilliporeSigma's position as a global leader in green chemistry, product recycling, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. He works to integrate sustainable development concepts into the strategic plans for each of MilliporeSigma's business units. He also directs the company's largest Corporate Responsibility initiative, SPARK, where employees in more than 36 countries participate in charitable events designed to benefit their local communities. Whitford guided Sigma-Aldrich to recognition for leadership in their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts from the Carbon Disclosure Project, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, #20 from the Corporate Knights Global 100 at the World Economic Forum at Davos, #5 in the United States on Newsweek's Green Rankings, #1 in the Materials Sector on The Civic 50 and #5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's Top 100 Corporate Citizens.

Whitford earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a master's degree in business administration at Washington University in St. Louis. Whitford has served as board member of the International Institute in St. Louis and the St. Louis chapter of JDRF.


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