BT appoints new chief sustainability officer

BT appoints new chief sustainability officer

BT has appointed Niall Dunne as Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to lead the company's climate change and sustainable development strategy. Joining on July 4, Niall will co-ordinate all sustainability activities across BT, ensuring sustainability practices are embedded into BT's strategy, products and services.

Niall has spent the past decade leading sustainability practices in Saatchi & Saatchi and Accenture and has chaired a number of industry initiatives, including the Sustainable Consumption Project Board for the World Economic Forum in 2009.

Niall said: "We live in a world where data is becoming the new oil. Globally people are networked and consuming information like never before. As a sustainability leader BT has a fantastic opportunity to work with its customers, and within the information communication technology sector, to ensure that it provides products and services that don't just minimise environmental impact, but allow people to make smarter more informed decisions, enabling us to once again live in an enlightened state within our environment.??

BT has been a pioneer in sustainability and corporate responsibility: it maintains a gold status in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and 'Platinum Plus' level in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index. Last financial year, BT invested £27.6 million, in cash, time and in-kind support, to projects that directly benefited society. Responsible and sustainable business leadership is one of BT's six strategic business priorities.

Niall was Managing Director for Saatchi & Saatchi S in Europe, the Middle East & Africa from January 2008 to December 2010. Before that, he spent eight years at Accenture, where he founded its Climate Change & Sustainability practice. He is also the founder of Bluvolution Ltd, a sustainability consultancy, and has been nominated to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York's Manhattan College.