Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans (2008 to date) also Co-Founder of SustainAbility (1987-2008, where he remains a non-executive member of the Board) and of Environmental Data Services John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.” His first involvement in the field: raising money for the newly formed World Wildlife Fund in 1961, aged 11.
John is a Visiting Professor at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management, at Imperial College London and at University College London, and sits on various strategic advisory boards: 2degrees; EcoVadis, Gaia Energy, Instituto Ethos, Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Advisory Board, Polecat UK and a Cleantech Fund developed by Zouk Capital. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a member of the WWF Council of Ambassadors, a member of the Advisory Board of The Climate Group‘s Clean Revolution Campaign and sits on Newsweek’s Green Rankings Advisory Board. He has also recently joined the board of Biomimicry 3.8 founded by Janine Benyus, of JUCCCE which looks at the greening of China, and Tesco’s Expert Advisory Panel, as well as the advisory board of The Social Stock Exchange launched in June 2013 by the Prime Minister of the UK.
Until recently John was also on the advisory boards of the Global Reporting Initiative and the International Integrated Reporting Council He is also a past Chairman of The Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development and the Aflatoun Impact and Policy Analysis Steering Group.