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Thursday, 10 February 2022

Vital Topics - From Sustainability to Sustainable Performance

At this Vital Topics event we will be joined by Stuart McLachlan, co-founder and CEO of Anthesis Group, and Jonatan Pinkse, Professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship at and Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Alliance MBS

Event Time
10 Feb 17:00 - 10 Feb 18:30
Event Location
Alliance Manchester Business School (online also available)
Event Type

At the first Vital Topics event of 2022, From Sustainability to Sustainable Performance, we will be joined by Stuart McLachlan, co-founder and CEO of Anthesis Group, and Jonatan Pinkse, Professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship at and Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Alliance Manchester Business School.

Stuart McLachlan

Stuart is co-founder and CEO of Anthesis Group, a global sustainability specialist which started trading in 2013 and has grown to over 700 people spanning across several continents, with a client portfolio that includes many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 Companies. Set up to 'make sustainability happen', Anthesis is a certified B-Corp supporting clients to make the transition to a decarbonized and more sustainable future with a focus on analytics, solutions design and implementation, for brands, corporations, cities and governments. Since commencement, the Company has acquired 13 sustainability firms and in 2021 they entered a partnership with private equity firm, Palatine. Anthesis has featured on numerous occasions in the FastTrack100 and the FT1000 as one of the fastest growing private Companies in the UK and Europe.

Prior to Anthesis, Stuart spent 16 years developing the WSP Environment and Energy business, building it from a start up in WSP Group PLC to one of the leading global consultancies in the sector. In addition to his focus on business leadership, he has a passion for sustainable development and is a speaker on market trends and the relationship between sustainable futures and business success.

Jonatan Pinkse

Jonatan Pinkse is a Professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship at and Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. His research interests focus on corporate sustainability, business model innovation, social entrepreneurship, cross-sector partnerships, and the sharing economy. In his research, Jonatan analyses how firms make strategic decisions to adapt to a more sustainable economy and deal with the ensuing tensions between issues and actors. He also investigates barriers to firm adoption of disruptive technologies from cognitive, organizational, and institutional perspectives. Before moving to Manchester, he held positions at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Grenoble Ecole de Management. Jonatan has authored more than 50 scholarly and practitioner articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies, California Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He is associate editor at Organization & Environment and Business & Society and past chair of the ONE division of the Academy of Management.

Stuart and Jonatan will be joined by Sarah George, senior reporter at sustainability trade title edie, who will facilitate the discussion.

Sponsored by DWF, Vital Topics is Alliance MBS' series of prestigious business lectures, bringing powerful ideas and original thinking to audiences from the Manchester city-region and beyond. Find out more about Vital Topics here.

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