Global Citizenship Manager
Jeffrey Whitford joined Sigma-Aldrich in 2005 and since that time has served in a variety of positions most recently as the company’s first-ever Global Citizenship Manager. In his latest role, Whitford is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs designed to enhance Sigma-Aldrich’s position as a global leader in greener chemistry, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. He oversees production of the company’s annual sustainability report and works to integrate sustainable development concepts into the strategic plans for each of Sigma-Aldrich’s business units. He also directs the company’s largest global citizenship initiative, Team Sigma-Aldrich, where employees in 25 countries participate in charitable events designed to benefit their local communities. Whitford has guided Sigma-Aldrich to recognition for leadership in their CSR efforts from the Carbon Disclosure Project, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, #20 from the Corporate Knights Global 100 at the World Economic Forum at Davos, #5 in the United States on Newsweek’s Green Rankings, #1 in the Materials Sector on The Civic 50 and #28 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens.
Whitford earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and recently earned a master’s degree in business administration at Washington University in St. Louis. Whitford is a board member of the International Institute in St. Louis and the St. Louis chapter of JDRF.