The GraceKennedy Foundation, along with parent company GraceKennedy, made a combined donation of J$1 million to the expansion of the University of the West Indies (UWI) P.E.T Plastic Recycling Project. The pilot project was launched some five years ago as the work of the first holder of the GraceKennedy chair in environmental management, Dr Elizabeth Thomas-Hope. Since then, it has been implemented in Corporate Area schools. However, with this much-needed infusion of capital, the project will now be rolled out to even more schools, as well as GraceKennedy businesses.
GraceKennedy Group CEO Don Wehby made the presentation at the GraceKennedy Foundation Press Conference at the University of the West Indies, titled 'Research and Innovation', held to present reports from current UWI chairs, Professor Ian Boxill, who holds the S. Carlton Alexander chair in business management studies, and Professor Dale Webber, who holds the James S. Moss-Solomon Sr chair in environmental management.
The GraceKennedy Foundation was created in 1982 with a vision to have a positive impact on the quality of people's lives. This it does primarily by supporting educational and environmental programmes and processes. The S. Carlton Alexander chair in management studies was introduced in 1990. The company, in recognising the importance of preserving the environment, introduced the James S. Moss-Solomon chair in environmental management in 1992. The GraceKennedy Foundation funds the chairs at a combined cost of J$10 million annually.