Uponor North America is aiming to help Minnesota companies take a leading role in addressing important trends such as global warming, resource depletion, and disruption of the supply chain.

The company has planned an Executive Sustainability Summit for this evening, May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Minnesota Zoo in the Tropical Atrium and Target Education Center Auditorium. Partnering organizations for the event include the Minnesota Zoo, Greater MSP, the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, the McKnight Foundation, Andersen Corporation, and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

The summit will bring together business leaders from across the region to make the case for sustainability and create the opportunity for partnerships that will make Minnesota a leader in addressing some of the world’s largest challenges.

“Sustainability is increasingly tied into businesses’ success,” says Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America. “Sustainability efforts make corporate operations more stable and feed the long-term bottom line.”

Uponor North America officials said the company has long led the sustainability charge, possessing a strong belief that businesses should be both profitable and responsible, finding the most innovative solutions to support people, profit, and planet. For example, Uponor adheres to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations in the areas of clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption, climate change, and creating job opportunities for underrepresented persons. Additionally, Uponor regularly undertakes sustainability projects including creating the Sustainability Champions Network, expansion projects that adhere to LEED certification, utilizing 100% green energy where possible, and more.

“We’re committed to addressing the key issues of our time — particularly water scarcity — through innovations that help reduce environmental impact and help the business community become better stewards of our natural resources,” says Gray.