Projects and Clients
My current focus is to help major projects and organisations implement effective and credible sustainability programmes. This includes identifying their environmental, social and business impacts, assessing reputational risks and opportunities, and advising them on how to integrate sustainability into their business processes, products and promotional activities. A key part of this approach is the development of bespoke sustainability management systems conforming to the international standard ISO 20121: 2012.
I have been working on projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America for event organisers, global sports organisations and corporate clients. These include:
Sustainable Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) regularly contracts me to provide sustainability advice in relation to the Games and current Host Cities. Throughout 2015-16 I provided regular input to the development of the IOC’s first Sustainability Strategy, which takes effect from 2017.
I am currently an expert advisor to the IOC on the evaluation of the Candidate Cities (Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris) for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The host city will be elected at the IOC Session in Lima, Peru on 13 September 2017. I previously served on the IOC’s Evaluation Commissions for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (Candidate Cities were Almaty and Beijing) and for the 2020 Summer Games (Candidate Cities were Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo). In 2014 I participated in the Sustainability and Legacy Working Group – part of the IOC President’s Agenda 2020 review process.
Since 2015 I have been advising the World Economic Forum on the development of their Sustainable Forum initiative, initially in relation to sustainable operation of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This includes the development and internal auditing of a sustainability management system in conformity with ISO 20121.
In 2015-16 I provided advisory support and ISO 20121 internal audit services to UEFA’s* Sustainability Project for the Euro 2016 tournament in France. [* The Union des Associations Européennes de Football].
Sustainable waste management for the Hajj
In 2013-2014 provided strategic advice through Gannett Fleming Inc (USA) and the King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) for the Municipality of Makkah, who host the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The mission was to find sustainable solutions to managing the large quantities of solid waste arising from the peak period of the Hajj, in which up to 4 million pilgrims participate.
I have also provided strategic sustainability advice to: PublicisLive, Bristol European Green Capital, Dow Chemical, Mott McDonald, Deloitte and the Keller Group.