Net Impact Event

18:00 - 19:00
Sarah Lund
Leeds University Business School, Room 1.33
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Sarah Lund, Head of Strategy, Risk and Assurance, Yorkshire Water
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Sarah Lund
Head of Strategy, Risk and Assurance
Yorkshire Water

'What is the role of company values and how can they support business sustainability?'

The Net Impact topic questions the role of company values and how can they support business sustainability.  

Corporate values are a commonplace piece of the strategic jigsaw ('mission, vision, values') and they are often prominently displayed within organisations, feature on company websites and in company literature. Most large organisations have an espoused set of values. These range from one word statements such as ‘respect’, ‘integrity’ and ‘commercialism’ (The Crown Estate) to phrases such as ‘no one tries harder for customers’ (Tesco), and ‘Respect others and value their diversity’ (National Grid).

The process of deriving a set of organisational values requires time, sponsorship and engagement from the senior leaders of an organisation. 

This session questions why leaders are prepared to make this commitment; what roles do values actually play in an organisation? Would they be missed if they ceased to exist? How do values align with strategy and sustainability?  

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About the speaker

An environmental scientist by academic background (BSc. University of Leeds, MSc. UEA, MBA Leeds University Business School), Sarah’s career spans 17 years working in the sustainability, regulatory and strategy arenas, the last 13 years with Yorkshire Water and Kelda (Yorkshire Water's parent company). 

Sarah leads the Strategy, Risk and Assurance agenda at Group level and has been instrumental in developing Kelda’s sustainability strategy which is integral to the vision and long-term strategic objectives for the organisation and underpinned by the values of the company. 

Sarah has a passion for collaborative approaches to sustainability and sharing best practice and has recently established a Yorkshire sustainability network and chaired the Prince of Wales’ ‘Accounting for Sustainability’ European project on integrating long-term sustainability mega-trends into risk management frameworks.

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