Ethical Corporation has an Advisory Board that assists with the overall strategy and direction of Ethical Corporation and its outputs. It also has an Associate Representative to the Board that assist in a more focussed manner on our magazine and content output. Both Boards assist in ensuring Ethical Corporation remains true to its mission and sustains its reputation among its international community of stakeholders
Current members of Ethical Corporation’s Advisory Board include:
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Walgreens Boots Alliance
Richard has spent the past 35 years working for a range of Companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda.
The early part of his career was spent in Banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s. After this involvement he held CSR related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace and ran his own CSR consultancy for five years.
In 2003 he joined Boots and became responsible for all the Company’s CSR activities. Following the merger between Boots and Alliance UniChem and the subsequent Private Equity Buy Out he was appointed Director of CSR.
2014 saw the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance following the merger between Walgreens in the USA and Alliance Boots. He now has responsibility for CSR globally for this new enterprise.
Head of Brand Strategy, Nokia
Christine Diamente is Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia, a role she has held since January 2016. Previously, she was Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent (2011-15) where under her leadership, the company was ranked “best in class” for its sustainability performance by key rating agencies including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, GeSI, EcoVadis and SocGen. The company was also the recipient of industry awards for its brand and digital communications.
Prior to this, Christine held other leadership roles including Director of Corporate Relations where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions.
Christine has served on industry boards including ex-officio member of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, founding member and Chair of the Telecoms Industry Dialogue for Human Rights (now GNI) and Board Member of European Internet Foundation (EIF). Today she is a Board member of Ethical Corporation advising them on their sustainability activities, chairing panels at their annual conference and presiding their awards judging since June 2015.
Graduating with a Master's in the History of Technology and International Relations and a B.A in History and International Politics from the University of Ottawa, Christine also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.
John D. Edelman
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman
John Edelman was appointed in 2010 as Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, a new position focused on Edelman’s global citizenship, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. He also serves as President of the DJ Edelman Family Foundation.
Edelman leads the firm’s global citizenship initiatives including corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, corporate philanthropy, community engagement, supplier and partnership engagement, environmental sustainability, and corporate reporting. He co-leads the Global Diversity Advisory Group with Claudia Patton, Chief Talent Officer.
Prior to his new appointment, he had served as Managing Director, Global Human Resources since 1995 overseeing global human resources professional staff and operations.
The Holmes Group awarded the 2012 Silver Sabre for PR Agency Citizenship to Edelman. Edelman won a PRSA Silver Anvil in 2000 for excellence in Internal Communication, in recognition of the firm’s global launch of the company’s mission, vision, and values program.
Earlier, he served as Vice President and General Manager in the Edelman office in Dallas. He was a delegate on the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Trade Mission to Japan.
Edelman holds a Master’s degree in Management (MM) in marketing and public management from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science from Brown University.
He currently is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Advisory Council for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels
Janice Lao is the Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels.
With more than a decade experience on the nexus of sustainable and responsible business issues, she has worked for blue chip companies, local and national governments, NGOs and multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, consumer and property sectors. Her expertise lies in embedding and integrating sustainability into the business, rather than just as a traditional add-on – her experience ranges from working on innovative sustainable financing and investment and advising board members and senior management. Her international work experience has taken her around the Asia-Pacific, North American and European regions.
She graduated with an MSc on Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford Said Business School. She has been awarded the 2014 FWN Global Most Influential Women of the Year – Emerging Leader; 2015 Global Sustainable Leadership Award and a fellow of the exclusive Pioneers for Change Fellowship Programme in the United Kingdom.
Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University
David Grayson, C.B.E. is director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University. 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 - Facebook's COO and Kumi Naidoo - the Heed of Greenpeace International.
Director and Principal Sustainability Consultant, PIE Strategy Limited
Natalie Chan is Director and Principal Sustainability Consultant of PIE Strategy Limited, a boutique consultancy that specialises in helping companies develop and integrate bespoke sustainability strategies and implementation frameworks that align with their businesses and brands.
Natalie has close to 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability management. She worked at the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels where she led the Group’s global strategy on corporate responsibility and sustainability. Reporting to the CEO, Natalie worked with HSH’s management teams around the world in setting up the sustainability function and devising the Group’s long-term vision for sustainable luxury. In her five-year tenure with HSH, she led the Group to become a Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Pioneer and part of CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the region in 2014.
Prior to HSH, Natalie was with Swire Pacific Group, managing group‐level corporate responsibility policies and strategies. Swire is one of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies, with diversified interests in five operating divisions: Property, Aviation, Beverages, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial. She also served as Hong Kong staffer at APEC Business Advisory Council during her tenure with Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a quasi-government body promoting external trade for Hong Kong.
Natalie serves on a number of government and industry committees in the area of sustainability and social responsibility. She is a Certified Carbon Auditor of The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Environmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong.
Director of Open Programmes, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Aris is responsible for CISL’s open executive education programmes where he helps companies understand the implications and possibilities that sustainability creates for business. He is the global director for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) which trains approximately 150 leaders from some of the world’s most influential organisations on global sustainability trends every year. Aris also contributes to CISL’s work on low-carbon transition, resource security, sustainable finance and new business models.
He was previously a senior advisor at the pioneering think-tank AccountAbility working at the forefront of strategy, engagement, governance and innovation for sustainable business. He has collaborated with the IFC and the UN Global Compact to promote sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets, with particular focus in Brazil and India.
He is a trained economist and journalist and began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social tensions in Greece.
Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, he seeks to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. His academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how investment analysts, and the public equity markets, perceive, evaluate and react to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple factors (e.g. institutional, regulatory, behavioural) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.
Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 received an Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He is also active on social media and a frequent contributor to articles in the popular and managerial press including outlets such as the Financial Times, The Guardian, and Forbes. In further recognition of his impactful work, Prof. Ioannou has been shortlisted for the Future Thinker Award of Thinkers50, the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers whose mission is to recognize ideas that have the power to change the world.
Current Associate Representatives to the Board:
CEO & Founder, GEC Risk Advisory LLC
Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory, a global firm that provides strategic and tactical governance, risk, integrity, reputation and crisis advice to boards, executives, investors and advisors. She is author of The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency and the upcoming Conference Board Research Report, Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance (December 2015)
She served for two decades as a global corporate executive, including as general counsel, chief risk, ethics, compliance, audit and corporate responsibility officer, at several international companies (Bertelsmann, PSEG, Verint) in energy, technology, media and professional services. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Ethisphere 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics 2014, a 2014 100 Top Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business. She is chairman emeritus of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative and currently serves on several boards including Madrid-based Corporate Excellence - Centre for Reputation Leadership and Ethical Corporation Magazine.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and a frequent global keynote speaker. She is an extensively published author of books and articles and has been interviewed by or written for the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the BBC, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, El Pais, El Cronista, Expansion and Jornal do Commercio. She holds a joint JD in law and PhD in political science from Columbia University, was born and raised in Germany and Spain, and is based in New York City.
Martin has 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor, adviser and speaker on environmental solutions and sustainable futures.
An award-winning journalist, he has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist, Newsweek and The Times of India. He has broadcast on major radio and TV networks, including the BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera and independent television.
Martin was Editor in Chief of Green Futures (now The Futures Centre), an Editor at Tomorrow Magazine and a Director of Forum for the Future. He was based in Mumbai in 2013-15, launching Forum in India.
Awards include Science and Environment Journalist of the Year and the Global Green Future Leadership Award [unrelated to the magazine].
He has spoken at and chaired events for The Guardian, the UK Government, the UN, the RSA, Forum for the Future, Ethical Corporation and others in London, New York, Delhi, Mumbai and Beijing. He was MC of the World Sustainable Development Summit, 2016.
His TED talk on ‘The New Environmentalism’ topped the bill at the 2014 TEDx event in London.
He chaired the judging panel of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards in 2012-13.
Organisations he has worked with at senior management or board level include Greenpeace, WWF, The Guardian, Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Tata, BT, Marks & Spencer and the Governments of the UK, India and China, among others.
Martin is a Director of Positive News, sits on a number of advisory boards and acts as mentor to new initiatives. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Senior Affiliate of Forum for the Future and a Futerra Associate.
As both a journalist and Visiting Judge for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, Martin has travelled extensively in Asia and Africa, researching and reporting at first hand on frontline environment and development issues, and in particular the potential of sustainable solutions to lift people out of poverty and simultaneously conserve the environment in some of the most challenging circumstances.
He is an expert at communicating sustainability crisply, clearly and with a complete lack of bullshit, and at bringing complex issues down to earth. He enjoys helping others acquire and apply these skills.