Dubai: Charles O`Holliday Jr, who is
credited with shifting the focus of one of the world`s largest
chemical companies towards a more sustainable way of doing
business, said he was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi`s ideals.
Holliday held the chairmanship of DuPont from 1998 to
2008. He is one of the finalists in the race for the USD 4
million Zayed Future Energy Prize.
"One of Gandhi`s famous quotes is `Be the change you want
to see`. I have led change in business and other sectors
because I wanted to see better functional, social and
environmental performance related to the products and services
that help our societies operate," he told Gulf News.
Holliday has been recognised for his contributions to the
chemical industry, integrating biology and chemistry to create
sustainable solutions such as biofuels, and was awarded the
International Palladium Medal in 2009.
Holliday serves on several boards such as the UN Global
Compact, Royal Dutch Shell and the Climate Works Foundation.
The 2012 edition of the the Zayed Future Energy Prize has
received a record 475 applications from 71 countries.
Holliday said if he is the winner of the award, he would
donate the prize money to individuals and organisations
developing solutions for the improvement of energy generation
"Additionally, I will personally mentor the individuals
to improve their probability of success," he said.
The prize was established in 2008 under the auspices of
the Government of Abu Dhabi.
The primary purpose of the Zayed Future Energy Prize is
to inspire, encourage and honour innovators and achievers in
the field of renewable energy and sustainability.