Eaton’s sustainability-focused growth in China highlighted at conference

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Updated Nov 2, 2010

Eaton Corp. will showcase its sustainability-focused growth strategy in China in a panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Net Impact Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The title of the 18th annual Net Impact Conference is “2020: Vision for a Sustainable Decade.” The conference is Oct. 28-30.

Sustainability is the basis of the China growth strategy at Eaton, according to Jim McGill, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. McGill, who was president of Eaton’s Asia Pacific region from 2006 to 2009, will lead a panel discussion about Eaton’s “Sustainability-Focused Growth Strategy in China” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Eaton is expected to generate revenues of more than $1 billion in China this year in its electrical and industrial sector businesses and has continued to receive sustainability-related recognition and awards in the country. Eaton, which has 27 facilities that serve the fast-growing Chinese market, says it has one set of global standards and practices for ethics, human resources, operations and environmental programs and products.

“At Eaton, we are committed to ‘doing business right,’ and using the key elements of sustainability is essential to how we create value for customers, communities and employees,” says McGill, who will begin Eaton’s Net Impact discussion by describing the company’s businesses and their growth strategy to serve the Chinese market. He’ll conclude the dialogue with points about how to determine if a company is sustainable-focused and values-based.

The other Eaton panelists include Monica Alston, director of environment, health and safety; Carlos Berger, manager of global business development and marketing for Hybrid Power Systems; and Vivian Xiao, manager of China communications. Additionally, McGill will join executives of Microsoft, Talbots and FedEx as panelists in a Featured Session: “Global Approaches to Corporate Responsibility,” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.