The Sustainable Business Imperative: Turning concern into action
Following a summer plagued by extreme weather events, how do we turn our growing concern about climate change and other sustainability issues into action? Join us for the first Sustainability Network Speaker Series of this Academic year 2022-23.
World leading sustainability strategist Sue Garrard will talk about the vital role of business in leading a shift towards a more sustainable economy and explain the compelling business case for doing so. She will explore the gap between best practice in sustainable business and the inertia or posturing around sustainability, or ‘ESG,’ more widely experienced across industries.
You will learn about what good looks like at the macro-level (businesses within the wider system) and how it can be achieved. You will also come away with practical advice on how you as individuals can influence and lead change at the ‘me-cro’ level, regardless of your profession.
Sustainability Network Speaker Series
The Sustainability Network Speaker Series is the platform for our network of Cranfield students, faculty, staff, and alumni, our partners in industry and sustainability enthusiasts to hear from thought leaders across all sectors.
The series is a chance to delve into a sustainability-related hot topic and explore the challenges and opportunities in embedding sustainability in various areas of industry. We typically host panels and lectures with a mix of thought leaders, sustainability and industry professionals, government, NGOs and academe to seed this discussion. Every session has an opportunity for you to ask questions and get involved in the discussion, as well as a chance to connect with other like-minded people.
Sustainability Strategy Advisor
Sue is one of the world's leading expert practitioners in developing sustainability strategies in major companies and aligning them with business objectives. She runs her own consultancy business; her clients currently include Mars, Primark, O2, RBS, Jersey Telecom, and Danone. During her time at Unilever, Sue led the work to embed the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to support growth, build brands with purpose, build employee engagement and future proof the business.
Who is it for?
This is an open event to Cranfield University staff and students and business and sustainability enthusiasts alike. This session is for anyone with a curiosity about how to gain more awareness of how to make their own sense of the globally pressing sustainability issues and how to consciously shift good intentions into meaningful actions.