The Growing Blue Economy, the Importance of Ocean Science, and Public/Private Opportunities


David A. Golden
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary Eastman, Chemical Company

Monday, April 25, 2016
Clark Lab 507, 11:00 AM
Quissett Campus, WHOI

Talk Summary
Ocean scientists have long known the importance of the Ocean to life on our planet, and more recently the larger public is also becoming increasingly aware of the Ocean’s impact on climate. At the same time, private industry is also growing increasingly committed to responsible sustainability. However, the politics of policy appear to be adversely impacting ocean science funding at a time when it is most critical.  Mr. Golden will discuss the multiple mechanisms by which Strategic Public/Private Partnerships may be one approach to addressing this growing division between the needs of  society and the federal funding for ocean sciences.

Speaker BIO
David A. Golden is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Eastman Chemical Company. Mr. Golden has responsibility for Eastman's Legal, Corporate HSES, and Global Public Affairs and Policy Departments, which has personnel in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also has overall responsibility for Eastman's Ethics & Corporate Compliance program. Golden is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association and currently serves in a leadership role with several non-profit organizations in his community. Mr. Golden also serves on the advisory council for Western Governors University (WGU) and is a former member of the editorial board of the American Bar Association's Natural Resources & Environment journal.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. Eastman was named in 2014 and 2015 as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere® Institute.