Kathleen O’Keefe, Product Stewardship & Regulatory Manager

Chemist, DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts,Wilmington, DE  

Kathleen O’Keefe is the global product stewardship & regulatory manager for DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts. Kathy has been involved in product stewardship for most of her career in the Sustainable Growth Center and a variety of DuPont businesses including Crop Protection, Nylon, Invista, Engineering Polymers and Chemicals & Fluoroproducts. Kathy’s leadership in this competency has helped establish an internal function that helps enable our businesses to develop sustainable solutions through collaborations with key stakeholders on advocacy, compliance and stewardship initiatives.

Kathleen E. O’Keefe

Quote:  “The stress on our planet is undeniable and unprecedented. The choices we make and actions we take today will affect the future. Now is the time for each of us to play a vital role in addressing the challenges of sustainable development. Awareness and education is a critical first step… be curious!”

                       - Kathleen E. O’Keefe

Born in Wilmington, DE, Kathy joined DuPont in 1990 after graduating from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Kathy joined the agricultural business at the Stine Haskell Research and Development facility. After spending several years in crop protection research, Kathy became involved in product stewardship as it developed in the company. Throughout her career, Kathy has been involved in developing and advancing both the DuPont Product Stewardship program and the industry’s Responsible Care® commitment to society globally.

Kathy has been a member of the American Chemistry Council’s Product Stewardship Team since 2007 and is an alumni of the Future Leaders Team of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In 2010 Kathy worked on a project, Vision 2050, created by the WBCSD, that explores the role that business must play over the next few decades to enable society to achieve sustainable development. The project developed a vision of a world well on it way to sustainability. “In 2050, some 9 billion people live well, and within the limits of the planet.” Vision 2050 explores the role of business in that journey including challenges, pathways and opportunities. Kathy worked with peers from 28 member companies such as Nokia, Alcoa, Natura and others on projects focused on collaborative innovation. Kathy also created a workshop based on Vision 2050 aimed at raising awareness and developing strategies to integrate sustainability into business thinking and decision making.