28th September 2016: Day 3 – The day we got to meet the heart of the trip – Professor Gail Whiteman, Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business.
Gail shared her extremely diverse career path with the group, from studying for her PhD living with the indigenous people in the Arctic to working in marketing for a cereal company and Dentyne chewing gum. Gail soon released that some things were fundamentally wrong in the industry, and began bringing sustainability into business. Children’s chewing gum shouldn’t pose a carcinogenic risk, and who needs a $1 million dollar party for selling some cars, right?
Gail is the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is actively involved in incorporating science into our understanding of sustainability in business practice. Following on from Gail answering a range of questions on her career, inspirations and what we can expect as individuals from our time at the WBCSD, we all look forward to meeting her again when we arrive in Chennai.
Gail your passion was really inspiring, thank you.
Written by Michael Mander, Jack Hill and Frederike Kress