Hillenbrand, Inc. and Net Impact announced a partnership in the creation of the 2022 Plastics & Circularity Case Competition, aimed at continuing to innovate and promote sustainability within the plastics value chain. The Plastics & Circularity Case Competition brings together next generation innovators to rethink the challenges the plastics value chain faces from creation to collection. Hillenbrand brought this concept to Net Impact to engage the future generation in how we can further shape the responsible lifecycle management of plastics. Hillenbrand will guide the topic and goals of the competition, while Net Impact will facilitate the competition by bringing together its global network of social impact and sustainability leaders to address the challenge. The Plastics & Circularity Case Competition will take place in the fall of 2022.

Net Impact inspires, equips, and activates emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world. With over 130,000 members in 300+ Chapters at colleges, universities, and local communities worldwide, Net Impact takes on social challenges, protects the environment, develops new concepts and approaches, and leverages the tools of business toward the greater good. In short, Net Impact helps people turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action.

“Our partnership with Net Impact continues our commitment to sustainability and pulls forward the next generation into helping us collaborate and solve challenges in new ways,” said Kim Ryan, President and CEO of Hillenbrand. “Plastics support many sustainable trends, from the light-weighting of vehicles, to extending the life of food, to electronic capabilities and medical advancements. How we address the circularity of plastics is critical for many of our customers and we are excited to partner with Net Impact and the next generation on this important initiative.”

“Business can no longer focus solely on profits,” Net Impact CEO, Peter Lupoff, said. “Business plans must prioritize environmental and social factors as well. The Plastics & Circularity Case Competition activates next generation leaders, in partnership with business, to solve one of our world’s most critical issues. Having a company with a reputation as an innovator like Hillenbrand to serve as a partner and mentor for this year’s participants should assure another exciting and effective program.”

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