Dame Polly Courtice appointed as board advisor to BSI

Milton Keynes-based BSI, the business improvement company has appointed Dame Polly Courtice as board advisor.

Polly is founder director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and senior independent non-executive director and chair of the Nomination Committee at Anglian Water. She is currently a director of Jupiter Green Investment Trust and serves on the sustainability advisory boards for several leading companies including AstraZeneca, Lloyds Banking Group, Nespresso and Kingfisher.

As well as being the recipient of numerous honours and awards over the years for her contribution to sustainability, she is a member of the judging panel for the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development and Chair of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards.

John Hirst, chairman at BSI, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Polly. Her experience of working with global businesses as ambassador for best practice in sustainability will be of immense value to BSI. Having formally committed to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Polly’s appointment will enable us to support our clients, to help protect our planet’s resources and achieve sustainable resilience and growth over the coming years.”

Dame Polly Courtice said: “I’m delighted to join BSI, an organisation that continues to play a key role in pioneering standards in helping global organisations improve sustainability and performance. From originating the world’s first environmental management system standard, to developing the international sustainable event management standard used by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and, more recently, facilitating a harmonised global approach to sustainable finance, standards are vital for organisations to ensure resilience in today’s world.”