Background

David joined Cranfield as director of the new Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007, after a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in more than 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and serving as a joint managing-director of Business in the Community. 

David has an Honorary Dotorate of Law from London South Bank University and was a visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (2005-10);  

He has served on various charity and public sector boards over the past 20 plus years. These have included the boards of the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales' Innovation Trust and the Strategic Rail Authority. 

He chaired the National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board; in each case appointed by the Major Government and re-appointed by the Blair administration. 

He is currently chairman of the national charity Carers UK championing the role of 6.5million Britons caring for a loved one; and is a former chairman of one of the UK's larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing 21(www.housing21.co.uk) during which the organisation made corporate history by becoming the first-ever not-for-profit successfully to acquire a publicly quoted group of companies. David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.

The Guardian has recently named David as one of the top ten tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook - CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg - Fasebook's COO and Kumi Naidoo - the Heed of Greenpeace International @DoughyDavidG.


Current activities

Social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development.

He speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurialism, and future trends for businesses, media and business schools around the world. He has worked with many, leading global businesses including BP, Shell, Microsoft and Diageo. He has worked with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank. He is a regular key-note speaker for business conferences internationally. 

He is a regular contributor to, columnist and editorial advisory board member for the Guardian Sustainable Business Blog and The Ethical Corporation (www.ethicalcorp.com). He sits on the Corporate Responsibility stakeholder advisory group for Camelot. 

His books include: "Everybody's Business" (2001) and "Corporate Social Opportunity: Seven Steps to make Corporate Social Responsibility work for your business" (2004) - both co-authored with Adrian Hodges; "Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present, and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism" co-authored with Jane Nelson, published by Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press (2013); and "Social Intrapreneurism & all that Jazz (2014) co-authored with Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck. He has also contributed to several other books including "The Accountable Corporation" and "What if?".

David has an Honorary docorate of Laws from London South Bank University; and was a visiting senior fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2005-10), and variously a Visiting Fellow at several UK and American business schools.


Clients


Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Grayson D (2010)

    Social Intrapreneurs: an extra force for social innovation

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  • Amaeshi K & Grayson D (2008) Count me out: The challenges of environmental, social and governance risks in making investment decisions.

Books

  • Cardarelli T, Grayson D & Dickmann M (2016) Human resources and corporate responsibility. In: International Human Resource Management Contemporary HR Issues in Europe. Dickmann M, Brewster C, Sparrow P (ed.), Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, p. 190-218, ed. 3rd.
  • Grayson D, McLaren M & Spitzeck H (2014) Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Grayson D & Nelson J (2013) Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • (2012) Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability.
  • Kakabadse A & Grayson D (2012) Embedding the governance of responsibility in the business of the board. In: Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability. Grayson D, Exter N (ed.), Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing, p. 64-79.
  • Grayson D (2012) Overview of embedding corporate sustainability. In: Cranfield on corporate sustainability. Grayson D, Exter N (ed.), UK: Greenleaf Publishing, p. 7-26.
  • Grayson D (2010) United Kingdom. In: The World Guide to CSR. Visser W, Tolhurst N (ed.), Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing, p. 437-444, ed. 1.
  • Grayson D (2010) Strategy for a Sustainable Future. In: Making Sustainability Sustainable, World Council for Corporate Governance, ed. 29/10/2010.
  • Grayson D & Brown R (2009) Innocent: Values and Value. In: Mainstreaming Corporate Responsibility. Smith C and Lenssen G (ed.), London: Wiley, p. 311-332.
  • Grayson D (2005) Inspiring smaller firms with the responsible business mindset. In: The Accountable Corporation. Epstein M & Hanson K (ed.), Connecticut: Preager.
  • Grayson D & Hodges A (2004) Corporate Social Opportunity!: Seven Steps to Make Corporate Social Responsibility Work for Your Business. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Grayson D & Hodges A (2002) Everybody's Business - managing risks and opportunities in today's global society. London: DK, ed. 1.
  • Grayson D (2000) In search of Community plc UK. In: What if: Fifteen versions of change for Britain's inner cities. Hutton W et al (ed.), London: The Short Book Company.
  • Grayson D (1998) Jobs the need for immediate relief. In: Blueprint 2000: A Conservative policy towards employment in the next century. Harvey R (ed.), London: Macmillan Press.