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What does the sustainability practitioner need to know?

  • 17 Jun 2013
  • 16:00 - 19:00
  • Alliance Boots, D90 building, 1 Thane Road, Nottingham NG7 2TG
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Alliance Boots, the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), Nottingham University Business School and GACSO invite you to join us to explore the question –

“What practical skills, tools, and legislative and governance knowledge are necessary for the sustainability professional to be effective?”

As the role of the sustainability practitioner becomes more recognised, what it takes to be effective in this role is being subject to increasing challenge and scrutiny. In-house individuals need to show how they add value they add to their organisation; business schools are being challenged to prepare students better for the demands of a life as a practitioner; and there is momentum building to codify standards and professional requirements.

This event brings together practitioners and academics in a hands on session to challenge existing understanding and suggest how these might be advanced. It is one in a series of GACSO-sponsored events over 2013 that we will use to advance our thinking.

Speakers and agenda

  • Asha Kayla, Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager for Alliance Boots and GACSO member, who works for one of the pioneering companies in CSR/sustainability;

  • Sareh Pouryousefi, Research Fellow at the ICCSR, whose research focuses on the manager and professionalization;

  • Maggie Royston, ICCSR Business Development & Centre Manager, who is actively engaged in discussions around professionalization and what this means for business schools;

The event will be chaired by Andrew Kluth, GACSO board member and Head of Sustainability at Emperor Design.


The speakers will address the question from their professional perspectives and offer provocations to frame interactive discussions.

Interactive discussions

Attendees will be split into small groups facilitated by the speakers to develop coherent sets of thoughts based on practical, financial and strategic considerations. These will be fed back into a plenary session to share and debate ideas.


The results will be written up into a GACSO discussion paper. This will feed into on-going work within a wider GACSO project looking at how GACSO should seek to influence debates on professionalization.

Who should attend

Sustainability practitioners, academics and others who have an interest in how sustainability practitioners can and should support the development of sustainability as a recognised profession and an integral part of successful and visionary companies.


Alliance Boots, 1 Thane Road, D90 building. Nottingham. NG7 2TG for the sat nav postcode. Download travel directions here.

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