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Julia Hailes MBE

Advocate and Expert on Sustainability
Country: UK

Our keynote speaker Julia Hailes is an advocate and expert on sustainability and green business. She has years of experience working with large organizations to improve their strategy, supply chain, and overall sustainability efforts. Julia has been awarded with the UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for her environmental achievements and she is bound to impress and educate at your event.

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Julia Hailes is a leading opinion former, consultant and speaker on social, consumer and ethical issues. She advises the UK’s leading businesses on policy and communications.  Her work also includes management briefings and advising companies on policy strategy and communications.  Banks, retailers and fast food companies have benefited from Julia’s briefings on everything from food strategy and supply chain issues to cleantech investments.

In collaboration with John Elkington, Julia Hailes founded SustainAbility Ltd in 1987, where she was Director and Company Secretary until 1995.  SustainAbility is a leading edge consultancy with an international profile.  Between 1994 and 2000 she was a non-executive director of Out of this World, a small chain of ‘alternative supermarkets’ and between 2001 and 2006 a non-executive director of Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust.

In 2003 she helped set up the Haller Foundation, and is still a Trustee.  This charity supports environmental conservation through grass route initiatives such as farmer training and community education.  She has also sat on the a number boards or advisory panels including:  the Food Ethics Council, which promotes more sustainable food and farming practices;  M&S Expert Advisory Panel on packaging;  P&G Expert Advisory Panels on detergents and baby products; and she was Patron of the Ecos Trust, which promotes green building practices.  In 2010 she joined the board of Wastewatch, a charity aiming to change the way we use resources – and moved to the board of Keep Britain Tidy, when the organisations merged.

She has written nine books, including, the international best-selling Green Consumer Guide, which sold over one million copies worldwide – and she’s a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines, including The Telegraph and The Financial Times.

A recognised expert on eco-labelling, Julia sat on the UK Eco-labelling Board since its inception and was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment.  In 1992, she was awarded a place on the UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for her ‘outstanding environmental achievements’ and she was elected as the European representative to the Global 500 Forum Council.

Much of Julia’s speaking work is with companies or specific industry sectors. She targets her presentation at the decision-makers and explains how environmental and ecological issues affect every business (even funeral directors). Her practical solutions are derived from research, experience and strongly-held beliefs – as well as a sense of humour.

    Speaker Julia Hailes Keynote Topics

    • Sustainability and the environment
    • Eco-labelling
    • Green consumerism & green business
    • Over-consumption
    • Waste
    • E-waste
    • Energy
    • Renewables
    • Green tech
    • Eco-building
    • Food
    • Anaerobic digestion
    • Rainforests
    • Tourism & its impact on the environment
    • Green death
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