Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Collaborating during COVID to Pivot and Support Imminent Societal Needs: Learnings from 3M and Stanley Black & Decker

Collaborating during COVID to Pivot and Support Imminent Societal Needs: Learnings from 3M and Stanley Black & Decker

15 Jul 2020 | Event,

I believe that complex issues require multiple technologies to come together into one single, cohesive solution. Companies and people need to be openminded about where to get those technologies and have a mentality of integrating existing solutions, as opposed to inventing every aspect of the product.

Bhanu Gorti, 
VP of Engineering, Electronics, Stanley Black and Decker

Virtual Conversation Series | Session 2

3M and Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) with Ford collaborated to bring Scrappy powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) to health care professionals. During this virtual series session 3M & SBD shared insights into the collaboration process and what mechanisms allowed for rapid business and supply chain innovation.


Dr. Jim Fava, Executive Director, Anthesis Group, has spent over 40 years supporting businesses and governments to understand the risks and opportunities facing them, and providing guidance and tools for strategies to enable them to operate more sustainably. As Executive Director at Anthesis Group, Jim continues with this purpose, passion, and actions to drive business value from operating sustainably.
Dan Fitzgerald, Product Sustainability Director, Stanley Black & Decker, is responsible for identifying and facilitating strategies and action plans for improving the sustainable performance of products across the corporation. He leads the “Innovate with Purpose” pillar of the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy with the goal to develop products that address unmet societal needs and to improve the impacts of products across their lifecycle.
Bhanu Gorti, VP of Engineering, Stanley Black & Decker, is responsible for Global Electronics and Electrical Systems within the Global Tools & Storage Business. Bhanu holds 30+ patents and leads a team of ~300 technical personnel with responsibilities focused on Lithium Batteries, Brushless & Brushed Motors, Electronics Assemblies for Motor Controls and Digitally Connected Products. Bhanu holds a Ph.D. in Energy Systems from the Oregon State University.
Michael Parham, Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M has worked over 15 years in the respiratory protection field, involving product development, research, and standards development. Michael’s current work supports 3M’s Personal Safety Division, which makes powered respirators for hospital workers, among other professional safety products. He is currently President of the International Society for Respiratory Protection, a non-profit providing an educational service to those involved in respiratory protection.



For more information, contact session facilitator, Jim Fava.