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Welcome to the IoD Sustainable Business Hub

The IoD is proud to launch this Hub which will bring together sustainability related events, news, educational content and other initiatives occurring across the IoD community into a single, easily searchable location.

Our core objectives are to:

  • Support Directors in the adoption and management of sustainability policies
  • Provide information, value and support to members in relation to CSR issues and practices

Through this dedicated online content hub and the National Sustainability Taskforce, the campaign aims to grow the IoD’s resource offering across this important and varied topic area, accepting that business has a crucial role to play in the issues surrounding sustainability.

Through relevant unique content and special events, the IoD’s Sustainable Business campaign will shine a light on CSR, with focused material covering ethical, financial, societal and environmental factors.

Working with our own Information and Advisory Service, as well as a team of sustainability experts from across the field, our pledge is to provide you with access to the latest advice, best practice and other useful resources, as well as experiences of other business leaders.

The IoD’s Carbon Footprint


We are committed to our own sustainability journey as an organisation and have been certifying our carbon footprint with Planet Mark since 2019 with a commitment to reducing our environmental impact each year on the journey to net zero before 2050 in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. We want to support our Members on their own path towards the future of business sustainability.

Find out more

Supporting the Race to Zero and COP26

The IoD is proud to support the UN-backed Race to Zero Campaign, supporting organisations of all sizes to make robust net zero carbon pledges. With the UK hosting the highly influential UN climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow this November, it is the ideal time for UK business to play a leadership role in defining the future of sustainable business. If you would like to learn more about how your organisation can join the race, we recommend the below links / resources:

UK Business Climate Hub Race to Zero Zero Carbon Tour


IoD events are specifically designed to take the 'work' out of networking and enhance your knowledge on key business topics.

We host events in a variety of venues across the UK and you’ll find us in all major cities from London to Edinburgh, as well as virtually. Take a look at our upcoming sustainability events to find out what’s happening in your area and online.

Upcoming events

Past events

Time Chapter
00:00:08 Positive Disruption: The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
00:02:34 Reflections: Kate Chambers, 2050 Climate Group
00:08:26 Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Rt Hon David Miliband, International Rescue Committee
00:47:34 Building an Economy of Wellbeing: Dr Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
01:16:12 Panel Reflections: In seeking green solutions, what do leadership, responsibility & accountability look like? Neil Gaught, Single Organizing Idea Limited; Richard Hagan, Crystal Doors; Dr Ifeyinwa Kanu, IntelliDigest; Catherine Topley, Scottish Canals
Time Chapter
00:00:08 The Road to COP26: Lilly Miller, PlanetMark
00:08:50 Accepting Climate Responsibility, Doing Business Better: Douglas Lamont, innocent drinks
00:35:30 Reflections: Kate Chambers, 2050 Climate Group
00:41:04 Think Global, Engineering Solutions for a Net Zero Future: Martyn Link, Wood
01:05:32 Panel Reflections: What more do we need to do to hold ourselves accountable to the next generation? Jill Farrell, Zero Waste Scotland; Prof David Hillier, Strathclyde Business School; Jojo Mehta, Stop Ecocide International; Tony Wines, Turnkey Group
Time Chapter
00:00:10 People and Planet Above Profit: Vanessa Nakate, UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals
00:28:30 Panel Reflections: When considering collaborative action for change, how do we get creative and shift from talking the talk to walking the walk? Mark Logan, Lead for the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Transformation; Amee Ritchie, S’wheat; Dr Rachel Sibande, Digital Impact Alliance; Samantha Suppiah, Sustainability Strategist
01:09:17 Weekend Reading: Leadership, Governance and Collaboration for Innovation, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland and Professor Mariana Mazzucato
01:43:08 The Last Word!: Kate Chambers, 2050 Climate Group

Climate Solutions Accelerator and Professional courses – Virtual

In partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The Institute of Directors is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Core to the partnership is a shared goal to support the development of directors and boards in the critical area of sustainability, so that we can tackle the climate crisis together and create a positive legacy for generations to come.

The Climate Solutions programmes are unique. They do not just focus on climate literacy but offer practical solutions which can be applied at board level and throughout any organisation. Over 60,000 people are undertaking the course from a variety of organisations including the Scottish Parliament, international engineering companies, private businesses, local authorities, government agencies and enterprise companies.

The Climate Solutions Accelerator is fully complimentary to all IoD Members. Available as a bite-sized, self-directed online course, it covers the following key topics:

Section 1: Introduction to Climate Solutions

  • The 4 imperatives
  • Mitigation and adaptation
  • Hierarchy of responses

Section 2: Climate Change:

  • Carbon Cycle
  • Sources of Greenhouse Gases
  • Special day/ PPM activity
  • Climate Change impacts on businesses and the economy

Section 3: Policy

  • Introduction to Policy
  • International policies and agreements
  • EU, UK and Scottish Policy
  • Business contribution
  • Policy in action

Section 4: Solutions

  • Who shapes the solutions?
  • Circular Economy
  • Solutions Frameworks - Stabilisation Wedges and Project Drawdown
  • Solutions in Action
  • Behavioural Change

Section 5 and 6: Summary and next steps

The programme is interactive and includes quizzes at the end of each section to consolidate your learning. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive an IoD CPD accredited certificate.

Register now

For non-members wishing to book a place, please click here.


“Climate literacy is hugely important to organisations like NatureScot. The Climate Solutions courses are an engaging and stimulating way to get to grips with all the challenges of our changing climate, in a Scottish and global context.The Accelerator course is so good that it forms part of our own internal climate change learning, ensuring that all staff get a thorough grounding in what they must do in their role and how, in order to help us as an organisation move towards NetZero by 2035.”

Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive, NatureScot

“As we look ahead to COP26, we cannot underestimate the importance of greater collaboration and education for transformational action on climate change. Partnering with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society to create the Climate Solutions Accelerator course has provided a valuable learning resource to educate our people and empower them to act. It is only by garnering a collective response that we can ensure business, the communities in which we live and work, wider society and our natural environment survive and thrive for generations to come.”

Zoe Haseman, Jacobs Vice President, Global Sustainability

The IoD Sustainability taskforce has drawn together the below resources around sustainability, ensuring guidance is in place for directors, enabling them to make the best and most informed decisions for their businesses.

Why We Need To Act

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report - provides the most comprehensive summaries of the latest research on climate science and the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Committee resources - the latest evidence about how and why our global climate is changing from some of the world’s leading science organisations.

WWF ‘Feeling the Heat’ report - outlines the effects of the global climate emergency on people and nature, and how the future of us all depends on humanity’s urgent response.

Future-Fit Crash Course - what are the challenges and how can businesses respond? Learn why a systems approach is good for business, society and the environment, and what practical steps companies and investors can take to play their part.

Take Action

The Better Business Act - a campaign to change UK law to make sure every single company in the UK, whether big or small, aligns the interests of their shareholders with those of wider society and the environment. Join the coalition!

UK Business Climate Hub - a government campaign and tools to support small and medium sized businesses on their Net Zero journey.

Boardroom 2030 - Boardroom 2030 empowers businesses to explore what a 2030 future could look like while drawing attention to the changes we must make to our boards today. Sign up today!

Future-Fit’s Changemaker Community - join the global movement responding to today’s biggest challenges. Join Future-Fit’s Changemaker Community to learn, connect and take action together.

Wellbeing Business briefing - describes 8 ways that businesses are challenging the corporate mindset to ensure social and ecological wellbeing for all.

Sustainable solutions taking place in this Decade of Action - highlights key actions businesses are pursuing in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


British Chamber of Commerce Net Zero Hub - provides insights, tools and support to help you build a greener future for your business.

The B Impact Assessment - a free, confidential platform designed to help measure and manage your company’s positive impact on your workers, community, customers and environment.

B Climate Tools Base - a set of tools to guide you on the path toward achieving net zero emissions by 2030 while taking a human-centric, climate justice-oriented approach.

SDG Action Manager - developed by B Lab and the United Nations Global Compact, the SDG Action Manager is an impact management solution that enables businesses to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals through 2030.

Future-Fit Business Benchmark -provides actionable guidance to give every business a clear destination to aim for and the steps to get started.

Glossary - A to Z guide to sustainability and environmental terms and acronyms.


Wellbeing Economy reading list - books to deepen your understanding of how to practically change the system to support human and ecological wellbeing.

Climate change and sustainability reading list - book recommendations from Planet Mark & Eden Project.

IoD National Sustainability Taskforce


Andrew Griffiths - Chair

Member of Central London Branch

Andrew Griffiths is Director of Community and Partnerships for Planet Mark, a sustainability certification that supports organisations and real estate to measure and reduce carbon emissions and increase social impact.

He sits on the UK Government’s COP26 Small Business Taskforce, the Advisory Board for the Global Sustainability Film Awards and collaborates regularly with Disney’s former Head of Innovation and Creativity on virtual workshops.

He thrives at the intersection between technology and sustainability and remains stubbornly optimistic about how these themes will align to influence and improve the future of our workplaces, planet and wider society.



Geilan Malet-Bates

Member of Central London Branch

Growing up in Cairo and then London, Geilan went on to study at UCL and also Bocconi, Milan. Fluent in Italian, French and Arabic, she is a senior finance professional, having spent the first 10 years of her career managing key pan-European financial institution relationships within Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, London.

A former FinTech strategy consultant, and after time spent in Switzerland, in 2018 Geilan co-founded Plenitude to help individuals align their ESG values with their savings & pensions. She led Plenitude’s acceptance into the FCA’s Green FinTech Challenge and more recently, the Zurich-based F10 FinTech Accelerator.

As a recognised thought-leader, Geilan is a regular contributor to green finance debates, consultations and has authored articles too. In addition to being the UK representative of the W Startup Community, a global initiative promoting diversity & inclusion in tech, she is the Co-Editor of a pending book on Green Finance and Fintech.

Geilan is a Women in Finance & Business FinTech Champion of the Year 2020 Award finalist, and was more recently included in the prestigious, global Women in FinTech Powerlist 2020, in recognition of her achievements, as a Senior Leader. A keen walker, jogger and foodie, she enjoys photography too.



Milton Catelin

Member of Central London Branch

Since 2015 Milton has been Principal at International Public Affairs, a boutique consultancy, and a non-executive director and advisor. Before this he had an international career in government and public affairs. His experience in strategy and policy development, and advocacy and communications, includes leadership roles at the United Nations Environment Programme (Geneva) and CEO positions with industry membership associations in Australia and the UK, preceded by two decades with the Australian Public Service (Prime Minister & Cabinet; Finance; Environment).

He was a lead negotiator for Australia on both the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and managed Australia’s National Ozone Protection Programme.

He holds a Masters in Public Policy (ANU) and is the recipient of awards for his work on energy and the environment from the UN, USA, Poland and Australia. He has been a Life Member of the Institute of Directors since 2007.



Sarah Deas

Member of Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch

Sarah was winner of IOD Scotland’s ‘Non-Executive Director of the Year’ Award in 2020.

She is passionate about creating a progressive economy – one that delivers social justice on a healthy planet. She is a trustee of Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) Scotland and a member of WEAll’s Global Council. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, chair of North Ayrshire’s Community Wealth Building expert advisory group and an Executive Coach and Mentor. Sarah is a member of both the IOD’s National Sustainability Taskforce and Glasgow & West of Scotland Committee. Also, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Salzburg Global Seminars. Her career spans the public and private sectors, most recently as chief executive of Co-operative Development Scotland where she championed progressive business models. Previously she held positions as founder director of the Bank of Scotland Foundation, chair of Arts & Business Scotland and trustee of Scottish Youth Theatre.



Simon Jones

Member of Central London Branch

Simon is the Founder of Eroll, an OEM company building a range of smart, electric, micro-mobility vehicles. These smaller vehicles operate at low speed for longer battery range, are powered by renewables and provide data to help map, monitor and measure local journey conditions.

He is currently creating ETIC - Electric Travel Innovation Centre - which will use the inspiring story of Concorde to help nations co-design and develop a range of quantum-leap technologies to enable a zero emissions future for flight. This will focus on aircraft of 100-300 seats powered by hybrids, hydrogen electric fuel cells and battery electric to ensure the sustainable, mass-market, movement of people across the world's continents.

Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, RSA, a member of The Tourism Society, Conservative Environment Network and participated in the UK Parliament's House of Lords Chamber Event ‘How can we reach a sustainable future’. Originally from UK, he has also lived in USA for ten years and Malaysia for two years and London has been his home since 1993.


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Stephen Kirk

Member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch

Stephen Kirk is CEO of SKCI and Board Chair of two sustainability businesses: Planet Mark and Turnkey Technology. He specialises in helping companies to develop strategies that use technology to transform their business models and drive sustainable growth.

As well as his Non-Executive roles, Stephen leads SKCI’s team of consultants who provide strategy and leadership consulting services to high growth companies and their investors.

Previous experience has included building and then selling a successful technology test and certification business and developing a $350 million technology business for UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – a diversified US based testing and certification company.

Stephen has specific experience and expertise in helping businesses to grow in ways that address ESG, climate change and sustainability. He hopes to use this insight to help the IOD and its members become more sustainable.



Trevor Hutchings

Member of Central London Branch

Trevor is Director of Strategy, Communications and Public Sector at Gemserv, a purpose driven professional services firm. Trevor spent much of his early career in the UK civil service, working in a number of government departments and with the European Commission in Brussels. This included positions at then DECC (Dpt. of Energy and Climate Change) where he was responsible for major programmes on energy efficiency and the low carbon economy.

He went on to join WWF, the global conservation charity, where he was Director of Advocacy, working to improve public policy on the environment. As well as his role at Gemserv, Trevor is chair of the Green Purposes Company set up by government to safeguard the green mission of the UK’s Green Investment Bank. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and holds the IoD’s Certificate in Company Direction.



Zoe Cohen

Member of North West Branch

Zoe Cohen, Director of Shine Coaching and Consultancy is a highly experienced Ashridge Accredited Coach and Supervisor who has worked with senior leaders and their teams across almost every sector in the economy. Zoe has run her successful executive coaching practice for over 12 years, including several years as an IoD Coach. Zoe has been passionate about nature, social justice and sustainability all her life. Originally a Director in the NHS, in 2014 she co-founded and was the volunteer Chair of a community energy company for three years. Zoe is a Carbon Literate coach and her work is expanding into the human, behavioural and psychological aspects of climate and ecological awareness and action. Zoe is also an active member of Extinction Rebellion and dedicates a significant proportion of her time to activism.

She has developed a significant ‘voice’ and following on LinkedIn for her forthright posting on all aspects of the systemic drivers and consequences of the climate and ecological emergency. Zoe has also been seeking to ‘catalyse’ her own profession in this regard, in the UK and internationally. Zoe initiated and co-wrote an open letter to the coaching profession and professional bodies in July 2019. She also speaks and writes on related topics.