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Kouhaila Hammer Talks Sustainability in Detroiter Magazine

Kouhaila Hammer Talks Sustainability in Detroiter Magazine

Ghafari President + CEO Kouhaila (Ki) Hammer was quoted in a special issue of Detroiter published to coincide with the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, which draws more than 1,700 statewide leaders to engage in conversations around Michigan’s economic future.

This year’s conference theme was One Michigan with three program pillars: Prepare Michigan, Grow Michigan, and Love Michigan. In Detroiter, Ki speaks to Love Michigan, a pillar focused on the notion that doing good is good for business. Corporations across the state have made commitments to sustainability, from renewable energy and zero-waste-to-landfill initiatives to philanthropy and healthy communities. Long-term investment toward building a state where Michiganders can live, work, and play requires a commitment to not only promoting environmental improvement but also a culture of diversity and inclusion.

“The ability to effect lasting change needs to be a team effort,” Ki says. “It’s one thing to come up with an idea that will—at least in theory— yield benefits in the long term. It’s a whole other matter to execute that idea, and to do so successfully, you can’t do it alone. You need to get your team’s buy-in but, more importantly, you also need their insights to develop sound implementation strategies if you’re really going to make an impact.”

Access this special issue of Detroiter here.