President’s Memo

MITC Members and Friends,

Keen-eyed observers are going to notice something a little different about this issue of GlobalView, which marks the transition of our longtime printed newsletter to a digital format.  We’re pretty excited about the change, allowing us to present information and content that is more in-depth, more targeted, and better reflects the incredible scope of international connections of our state’s business community and MITC. 

This issue’s focus is on sustainability as an international business best practice.  We hear from Jay Friedlander at the College of the Atlantic on the opportunities he sees in committing to sustainable business practices, and why if you’re thinking of sustainability as a sacrifice, you might be missing the boat.  Luke Holden discusses how Luke’s Lobster’s commitment to “doing well by doing good” is being used to attract customers interested in buying from a company that aligns with their values.

The importance of sustainability extends to the B2B space. See the piece on global supply chains, and how major corporations are extending their decarbonization goals down into their suppliers and vendors.  Spend a few minutes and listen to my conversation with Marie-Claude Francoeur from the Québec Government Office in Boston for her insights into the province’s sustainability-related development initiatives and how Maine companies might be able to take advantage.

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote: “What got you here isn’t what’s going to get you there.” Change is constant and necessary for growth, and that’s true whether we’re thinking of personal mindsets, business practices, or organizational newsletters.  It’s been a year of change for all of us. Let’s make sure we don’t waste the opportunity.

All the best,

photo of wade merritt, president and state director of international trade