Ian Cheshire, CEO of Kingfisher plc and key supporter of Business in the Community's Visioning the Future initiative, has been awarded the accolade of Guardian Sustainable Business's 2012 Sustainable Business Leader of the Year. According to the Guardian, "Ian is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of sustainable business. As CEO of Kingfisher, the parent company of B&Q, he has been outspoken in his view that the organisation's whole business model needs to fundamentally shift. His vision of B&Q's customers renting power drills as opposed to buying them (on average drills are only used for six minutes a year) has captured imaginations, and is widely used as an example of a mainstream business adopting a more collaborative approach to the products and services it provides."
Stephen Howard, CEO at Business in the Community, contends that "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."
For a recent Q&A discussion with Ian, chaired by Jo Confino of Guardian Sustainable Business, around sustainable business and sustainable lifestyles click here.
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