Join us to hear insights from Professor Grayson from his wealth of experience building and advising business in their sustainability journey.

Date: Wednesday 2 March, 19:00-20:00 GMT
Details: Hybrid event (online and in-person). Nibbles and Networking from 18:30, in the Vincent Auditorium

The Cranfield Sustainability Group is proud to welcome back our own Emeritus Professor David Grayson for a keynote address. Professor Grayson will be speaking to a mixed audience of students, sustainability practitioners, faculty and our wider Sustainability Network on his latest book ‘The Sustainable Business Handbook: A Guide to Becoming More Innovative, Resilient and Successful’

Speaker: Professor David Grayson CBE

David is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility. From 2007-2017, he was director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Corporate Responsibility. He joined Cranfield 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 nearly 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and serving as a managing-director of Business in the Community.

David has an Honorary Doctorate 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 30 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 Institute of Business Ethics and chair-designate of the international, pan-disability charity Leonard Cheshire.

He is a former chairman of the charity Carers UK championing the role of 6.5million Britons caring for a loved one; and of one of the UK's larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing 21 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 named David as one of ten top global tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook - CEO of Apple, and Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg.

The Sustainability Handbook

The new book, 'The Sustainable Business Handbook: A Guide to Becoming More Innovative, Resilient and Successful' co-authored by David Grayson, Professor Emeritus, Cranfield School of Management, Chris Coulter, CEO, GlobeScan, and Mark Lee, Director, The SustainAbility Institute by ERM, has been written as a practical guide filled with case studies and tips to help make business more sustainable.

The Sustainable Business Handbook

With guidance on defining organizational purpose, engaging stakeholders, and creating the right culture, The Sustainable Business Handbook outlines how to shift corporate sustainability from being a bolt-on to business operations to being a source of innovation and new value creation, as well as for societal good.

Kogan Page have kindly offered all attendees 20% off on the book on the Kogan Page website (free shipping for US and UK) and a bundle offer which allows customers to receive the e-book for free when they select the bundle option on the book.

Who is the event for?

Students, researchers and academics, business owners and professionals with an interest in sustainable business.



This is a hybrid event due to current restrictions, but limited in-person tickets are available.

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