I never thought of myself as a potential 'Committee Man', certainly
not in the Sixties, but this type of work has taken a good deal of
my time over the years. Since the late 1970s, I calculate, it has
been my privilege to sit on over 30 boards, advisory boards, councils
and committees. Some of that time has been squandered, inevitably.
My seven years with the European Commission's Consultative Forum
on Sustainable Development, for example, were pretty taxing at times.
But, again, I can remember meetings when we were able to make a
real difference. For example, I recall a meeting of the Global Reporting
Initiative steering committee in the early days, high up in a New
York skyscraper looking out towards the Statue of Liberty. With a
couple of colleagues I pushed hard to have the GRI embrace a triple
bottom line agenda, rather than their evolving into simply another
set of environmental reporting guidelines. And we carried the day.
I have really enjoyed chairing The
Environment Foundation, though
the legal battle we fought over several years with the Charity Commissioners
to get sustainable development accepted as a charitable objective
had me wanting to do a Guy Fawkes on them. In the event, we won,
and I am infinitely grateful to Helen
Holdaway, the Foundation's
Director, and to Stephen Lloyd, who took up the legal cudgels on
I am also enormously grateful to my colleagues at SustainAbility
for allowing me to do this work, almost all of which is done pro
Currently, in addition to my SustainAbility and Volans roles, I
Member of Advisory Board, 2degrees, details to
come once the organisation is launched.
Chairman, Impact and Policy
Analysis Steering Group, Aflatoun (Child Savings International).
Aflatoun equips children with the knowledge and skills to become
economically self-reliant citizens and empowers them to break the
cycle of poverty through Child Social and Financial Education (CSFE).
Senior Advisor to the Business and Human Rights
spun off (but still supported) by Amnesty International. A fantastic
organisation. The purpose of the Centre's website is to promote greater
awareness and informed discussion of important issues relating to
business and human rights. The online library covers over 150 topics,
over 160 countries, over 150 industry sectors. The site is composed
of links to a wide range of materials published by companies, NGOs,
governments, intergovernmental organisations, journalists, academics,
etc. It includes reports of corporate misconduct, as well as positive
examples of 'best practice' by companies. Run by the indefatigable
Chris Avery. www.business-humanrights.org
Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Social and
Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) I am pretty much a sleeping partner here, but (Professor)
Rob Gray has been a long-standing colleague and friend. CSEAR was
established in 1991 as networking institution which gathers and disseminates
information about the practice and theory of social and environmental
accounting and reporting. CSEAR provides a mechanism for academics
and practitioners to make contact and support each other. It currently
has over 300 members in over 30 countries. www.gla.ac.uk/departments/accounting/csear
Professor, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield
University School of Management, http://www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/research/centres/ccr/
Board Member of Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes I was invited to
join the new DJSI Advisory Board in late 2003. Launched in 1999,
the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes
tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven
companies worldwide. Currently 60 DJSI licenses are held by asset
managers in 15 countries to manage a variety of financial products
including active and passive funds, certificates and segregated
accounts. In total, these licensees presently manage over 5 billion
USD based on the DJSI. www.sustainability-index.com
Member, EcoVadis, Paris. EcoVadis was incorporated early in 2007
with the objective of becoming a trusted partner for procurement
organizations aiming to implement sustainable supply management practices.
Leveraging innovative information technologies and service expertise
on sustainable procurement, EcoVadis helps procurement organizations
improve their performance, while reducing the costs associated to
suppliers CSR performance assessment (http://www.ecovadis.com/)
of the Advisory Council of The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) ELF is the national UK charity linking communities and individuals
to legal and technical expertise to prevent damage to the environment
and to improve its quality for all. Through its network of members,
ELF provides people with information and advice on how the law
can help resolve environmental problems such as pollution, development
and health. www.elflaw.org
Chair of The Environment Foundation A financial sector charity founded
in 1983, The Environment Foundation was launched in 1983 and celebrated
its 20th anniversary in 2003. I joined as a Trustee in 1994 and was
invited to take over as Chairman in 1995. Among other things, the
Foundation has sponsored a series of Consultations at St George's
House, Windsor Castle. A major coup was achieved when the Foundation
fought the Charity Commissioners to establish sustainable development
as a charitable objective for the first time—and won, with the invaluable
help of Stephen Lloyd of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite. www.environmentfoundation.net
Member, Evian Group Brain Trust.
Member, International Board, Instituto Ethos,
Brazil Ethos Institute
is a leading CSR organization in South America and an emerging global
reference point on the theme. Its mission is "to mobilize, encourage
and help companies manage their business in a socially responsible
way, making them partners in building a sustainable and fair society." www.ethos.org.br
Patron of The Haller Foundation Julia (Hailes) and I first came
across Dr Rene Haller through the UN Global 500 network. He is working
to transform the desert-like, lunar landscapes of a limestone quarry
in Kenya into a series of interlinked wildlife conservation and sustainable
agriculture projects. www.thehallerfoundation.com
Advisory Board Member, Physic Ventures, San Francisco. Physic Ventures
combines the teams, sector expertise and portfolio experiences of
Great Spirit Ventures and Unilever Technology Ventures. It works
closely with entrepreneurial teams and invests in technology-enabled,
consumer-driven businesses in North America, primarily early to mid-stage.
Physic Ventures broadly characterizes its investments in terms of
the four P's: Prevention—technologies, products or services that
have the ability to prevent or delay the onset of decline or disease
and sustain our personal and environmental vitality. Prediction—technologies,
products or services that have the ability to predict and diagnose
the potential and onset of disease. Personalization—technologies,
products and programs that enable more individualized approaches
to maintaining health or that offer patients more control over their
preventive or therapeutic regimens. And Performance—technologies,
products and services that enhance human performance or perhaps delay
the onset of cognitive, physical or biological decline. This area
of interest also relates to performance materials that contribute
to personal health or address resource scarcity or ecosystem safety
Founder, Board member and Managing Partner,
Volans Ventures. See www.volans.com.
Member, WWF UK Council of Ambassadors.
Cleantech Industry Advisory Board member, zouk
- Member, Tomorrow’s Global Company Inquiry Team
- Chairman, Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) Advisory
– Trustee, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- Chair of the Social and Environmental Committee, Association of
Chartered and Certified Accountants
- Commissioner, State of the World Forum Commission on Globalisation
- Member, International Selection Committee, World Business Awards
in support of the Millennium Development Goals
- Non-executive director of the Association of Environmental Consultancies
(AEC) from 1993-1995.
- Chairman of Board of the Environment Faculty, Herning Institute
of Business Administration & Technology, Denmark, from 1995 to
- Member of the European Union Consultative Forum on the Environment
and Sustainable Development (1994-2001).
I have also served on committees, among others, for:
- AccountAbility, see ISEA.
- Anglian Water (Board Sustainability Committee, 1996-2003).
- Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB).
- European Partners for the Environment (EPE).
- Friends of the Earth (FoE).
- Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
- ICI Polyurethanes.
- ING Sustainability Investment Fund Advisory Board (ING)
- Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability (ISEA).
- Institute of Environmental Management (IEM).
- Merlin Ecology Fund.
- National Provident Institution (NPI).
- National Wildlife Federation's Corporate Conservation Council
- Nature Conservancy Council (NCC).
- New Economics Foundation (NEF).
- Royal Society of Arts
- The Other Economic Summit (TOES).
- World Resources Institute (WRI, US).
- World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
Two of my favourite people: Jane
Nelson and Sir Geoffrey Chandler, who have both served on SustainAbility’s
Council and as Trustees of The Environment Foundation, which I continue