Right Royal Recognition for Olympic Gold Sustainable Event
The efforts gone in to make the 2012 Olympic Games the most sustainable ever has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. Chairman of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, Shaun McCarthy, who oversaw sustainability at the Games, was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability. Others honoured for services to the environment include Michael Phillips, former chair of the charity Keep Britain Tidy, and Imperial College Professor James Ferguson is rewarded for his commitment to sustainable energy. Read more
Olympic sustainability guru recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Shaun McCarthy, chairman of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has been awarded an OBE for services to sustainability
By Marino Donati in Supply Management (17 June 2013):
The man who oversaw sustainability at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Shaun McCarthy, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
McCarthy, chairman of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has been given the honour for services to sustainability and the Games, which was hailed as the “greenest ever”.
The commission was the independent body set up to monitor and advise on the sustainability of the event, the first such body used in an Olympic games.
As chairman, McCarthy coordinated a team of experts whose remit ranged from waste management to the ethics of corporate sponsorship. The commission’s sustainability goals have been credited with inspiring sustainable practice more widely in the events industry around the world.
McCarthy, who is now a director of social enterprise Action Sustainability, is a regular blogger on the subject of sustainable procurement for Supply Management. As the work of the commission was concluded in March, McCarthy wrote: “I feel proud. In 2005, we started something that had never been done before, we made it work with a minimal budget and a tiny team.” He wrote about the commission’s achievements and also those areas it wasn’t able to “fully address”, particularly the difficult relationship between corporate interests and the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship and matters relating to ethical supply chains.
McCarthy is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and the Institute of Directors.
He thanked his colleagues at the commission and said his role there was “one of the most challenging, and most rewarding jobs I have ever had, and that includes a stint at BAA during the construction of Terminal 5”.
Individuals from sustainability space recognised in Queen’s birthday honours
By Ilaria Bertini in Blue and Green Tomorrow (17 June 2013):
Individuals who have made important contributions to the sustainability sector, the environment and to communities have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The Cabinet Office said, “In total, 72% of awards in the birthday honours list are for people who are actively engaged in charitable or voluntary work within their local community. Philanthropy has once again been a prominent theme among the recipients.”
Malcolm Hayday, founder and former chief executive of Charity Bank, which featured in The Guide to Sustainable Banking 2012, is among those to be recognised. He has been awarded a CBE for “services to charities and social enterprise”, thanks to his commitment to social finance.
Charity Bank chairman George Blunden said, “Malcolm demonstrated that a bank can make long-term loans to small charities safely and therefore address market failures, and that savings can be mobilised from ethical depositors for the purpose”.
David Hutchison, CEO of Social Finance UK, and Jane Platt, chief executive of National Savings and Investments (NS&I), are given OBEs for financial service to the UK, and Christine Farnish, chair of Consumer Focus, is rewarded for her contribution to financial and consumer services.
Among people whose service to the environment has been recognised is Michael Phillips, former chair of the charity Keep Britain Tidy, and Michael Quicke, chief executive of the CCLA and former chair of the National Trust’s investment committee, who has seen his service to the “national heritage” of the UK recognised.
Quicke said, “In my opinion, the National Trust is one of the greatest British organisations, contributing to the culture of this country in countless ways.”
Meanwhile, Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for Sustainable London 2012 is recognised for services to sustainability and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Imperial College professor James Ferguson is rewarded for his commitment to sustainable energy.