BT hires new sustainability chief

BT has appointed former Saatchi & Saatchi MD Niall Dunne as its new chief sustainability officer, responsible for ensuring green practices in the company’s strategy, products and services.

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BT has appointed former Saatchi & Saatchi MD Niall Dunne (pictured) as its new chief sustainability officer, responsible for ensuring green practices in the company’s strategy, products and services.

Dunne was at the advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi, for three years, where he led sustainability practices until 2010. Prior to this, he also developed sustainability initiatives at Accenture, where he worked for eight years from 2000.

He will oversee the sustainability strategy for the whole of BT, which also has individual sustainability targets for each line of business, such as Global Services and Retail, to make broadband routers and data centres more environmentally-friendly.

“We live in a world where data is becoming the new oil. Globally, people are networked and consuming information like never before,” said Dunne.

“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.”

Dunne takes up his new role on 4 July, and will work closely with BT’s director of corporate responsibility Caroline Sheridan and other executives at BT.

Chief executive of BT Retail, Gavin Patterson, said: “Niall will support myself, chairman Mike Rake and chief executive Ian Livingston, advising on the science and impact of climate change, on sustainable development and strategy, and our public policy dialogue with governments in these areas.”

Dunne is also the director of management consultancy company bluvolution, which he founded in 2007 to help organisations build sustainable business strategies, and in 2009 chaired the Sustainable Consumption Project Board for the World Economic Forum.

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