Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc, has been voted the Guardian Sustainable Business (GSB) ‘Leader of the Year’ for 2012. The nomination cited his “inspiring and visionary” approach to “driving the sustainability agenda ever further into the core operations of Kingfisher”.
Ian Cheshire said: “I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the business, particularly as it has been voted for by the public. At Kingfisher we want to lead by example with our Net Positive strategy, which is about fundamentally changing the way we do business: going beyond sustainability and doing more good, rather than less bad.”
Stephen Howard, CEO of Business in the Community, wrote the nomination submission for Ian. In it he said: “Ian is an inspiring and visionary business leader who is driving the sustainability agenda ever further into the core operations of Kingfisher. Not afraid to ask challenging questions of himself and the business, he is a great role model for responsible business, demonstrating you can run a successful company and invest in both short and long-term solutions to social and environmental challenges.”
Kingfisher launched its Net Positive strategy in March 2012. The long term aim is that Kingfisher’s operations will put back more than they take out. We have identified four priorities for Net Positive where we can work with our businesses, suppliers, partners and our customers towards making a net positive impact: Timber, Energy, Innovation and Communities.
Details of all the Guardian Sustainable Business 2012 Award winners are available here.