West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will meet next on Monday, December 11 at Kendall College of Art & Design for a luncheon program featuring presentations from Perrigo and Grand Rapids Whitewater.

Registration is closed. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted.


Perrigo is a leading global healthcare company, the world’s largest manufacturer of OTC healthcare products and supplier of infant formulas for the store brand market. The Company also is a leading provider of branded OTC products throughout Europe and the U.S., as well as a leading producer of “extended topical” prescription drugs. Founded in Allegan, Perrigo is headquartered in Ireland and sells its products primarily in North America and Europe, as well as in other markets, including Australia, Israel and China.

As Perrigo’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Steve Ramus is responsible for company environmental and social initiatives, including but not limited to:  Perrigo’s Environmental Stewardship program, Ethical and Social Compliance in the Supply Chain, Perrigo’s annual CSR report, and compliance with the many different customer sustainability/CSR requirements.  Steve and his team frequently engage top leadership for top-down driven change, all the while supporting local sustainability activities.

Matt Chapman, project coordinator for Grand Rapids Whitewater, will provide an update on plans to remove dams and restore the rapids to the Grand River.

The goals of the restoration project are to expand recreational uses, improve aquatic habitats, enhance environmental quality of the community, and boost tourism, business growth and employment opportunities along the riverfront in Grand Rapids and throughout West Michigan. Grand Rapids Whitewater, in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations, including the City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Valley Metro Council, has been studying the project since 2009. This presentation will illustrate historical uses of the Grand River, showcase the complexities of the project, provide a current project update, and explore the environmental, economic, and social benefits associated with a revitalized Grand River system.

12 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:40 pm Grand Rapids Whitewater Update
1:20 pm How Perrigo has Overcome Barriers to Triple Bottom Line Success

WMSBF December Meeting
Monday, December 11
12:00 pm to 2 pm
Woodbridge N. Ferris Building @ KCAD Room 217
17 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members


Recommended parking: City of Grand Rapids Ionia/Pearl ramp just west of the KCAD campus (there are entrances on both Ionia and Pearl Streets.) This ramp is right next door to KCAD campus.