ESG - Putting environmental sustainability at the heart of governance


As organisations look to build back following the trials of the past year, this session considers whether now is an opportunity to do things differently and to place environmental sustainability at the centre of strategic planning and decision making. The effects of environmental change are already being felt across sport, and the sector has the chance to leverage its unique reach and influence to take the lead in a new approach.


About the speakers

Joanne Leigh

Joie is a former Team GB and England hockey player and was part of the Gold medal winning squad at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Since leaving international hockey, Joie has built a career in sports sustainability. Having previously driven sustainability operations at the 2018 Hockey World Cup and the 2019 Netball World Cup, she is currently Sustainability Coordinator at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Joie is member of the BASIS Management Board.

Toby Robins

For thirty years, Toby has delivered commercial success through sustainability and environmental leadership. His first venture was in 1989 when Toby set up his "green" office supplies distribution business using reverse logistics to add value by back loading recycling.  By 2011 the company was described by The Sunday Times as the second greenest company in the UK; an accolade reflecting the company's influence along the whole value chain. Other awards, including the Queen’s Award, followed.

Toby’s most recent role was Chief Executive of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, the membership body for 17,000 environmental and sustainability professionals.

Toby has been involved with BASIS for ten years and is currently the Executive Director responsible for Partnerships.

He has Masters degrees in Environment and Sustainability, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management, is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of IEMA.

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