Oil sands revisited

Since February 2008 I have visited Calgary to gain insights to the oil sand industry seven times, the latest time this month. I have witnessed the creation and growth of the Oil Sand Leadership Initative (OSLI). The members have given me private access to their meetings and I am OSLI’s first official “critical ally”. The Read More…

Alan Knight announces Virgin Earth Challenge shortlist

Alan Knight, speaking as the Virgin Earth Challenge Director, recently announced the details of the 11 shortlisted organisations hoping to win the coveted VEC $25 million prize at the Global Clean Energy Congress in Calgary. http://www.virgin.com/people-and-planet/blog/virgin-earth-challenge-announces-leading-organisations

WRAP appointment

WRAP, (www.wrap.org.uk), has recently announced the appointment of Alan Knight as a non executive director. Alan will support WRAP’s aim of increasing resource efficiency in the UK to deliver economic and environmental benefits.

Alan Knight chosen as one of Top 100 Thought Leaders

Alan has recently been chosen as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business Behaviour in Europe and the Middle East by Trust across America. Research for the Top 100 Thought Leaders was undertaken by Trust Across America and the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence. Read more on 2011 Top 100 Thought Leaders Read More…

Southampton City Lecture 2011

I have lived in Southampton for over 20 years and not far from where I live is the dock side from which the Titanic left on its maiden voyage. Captain Smith ignored several warning of icebergs and continued full speed ahead. We know the rest. Only yards away from that historic dock side is the Read More…

Alan Knight appointed Chair of DEFRA’s Peat Task Force

Alan Knight has recently (8 June 2011) been appointed Chair of DEFRA’s Peat Task Force along with 12 invited representatives from retailers, growing media manufacturers, growers and environmental organisations. The role of the Task Force will be to identify and address supply chain issues across both the amateur and professional markets and explore measures to Read More…

Independent Panel on Forestry

I have recently been appointed to the new Independent Panel on Forestry Policy in England, recently launched by DEFRA.  I, along with other panel members and chair, the Right Reverend James Jones, will be advising DEFRA on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England and on the role of the Forestry Commission.  Read More…

Fish fight. Or better still, have a conversation.

When I was a kid, fish fingers were our Friday treat. But, if Channel Four’s recent Fish Fight (www.fishfight.net) is anything to go by, it’s now a moral maze about fish population dynamics, EU quotas, certification, green claims, false green claims and discarded fish. I think I will avoid Fridays altogether. Or, maybe I will Read More…

GACSO meeting

Today I chaired the first meeting of members and supporters of GACSO (www.gacso.org) – short for the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers. This is a body I and some of my closest SD professional colleagues have created to achieve what we have termed the “codification of the role of the corporate SD professional”. We Read More…