Shaun McCarthy is a recognised leader in the field of sustainable business. He was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and London 2012 in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2013 birthday honours list.Following a successful 20+ year corporate career in procurement, Shaun left BAA PLC to embark on a career as an independent advisor and business owner in 2006. Since then he has led the development and operation of the world’s first independent sustainability assurance body for a global sport event as Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 from 2005-13. He was part of the UK Government sustainable procurement task force in 2005-06 which led the development of the BS 8903 standard in 2010 and led the UK delegation to develop ISO 20400 in 2013-17.He founded Action Sustainability in 2006 where he has served numerous clients as a consultant (2006-), chaired the Supply Chain Sustainability School (2012-) and founded the not for profit knowledge platform ISO 20400 (2017-).In addition to these main roles, Shaun was Chair of the IEMA Professional Standards Committee (2016-19), Sustainability Advisor to the Board of Transport for London (2008-16), non-executive advisor to Tarmac (2016-) and a Trustee of the Greenshoots Foundation Trust (2010-). Following his work on London 2012, Shaun was instrumental in developing the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.In addition to his OBE, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
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