In this interactive session, Duncan Pollard, a Senior Executive at Nestlé, will share his insights on sustainability, the impacts and dependencies we have upon the environment, the need for transparency and scrutiny and what he thinks society expects. He will finish his talk with how Nestlé approaches those challenges with a focus on engaging stakeholders as a business strategy.

This session will be interactive and provide the opportunity for you to question and challenge Nestlé’s engagement in this area. Duncan is very keen to hear your views. It is open to all students and staff, and will be of interest and relevance to those in the natural and social sciences, and management disciplines.
Biography: Duncan’s work is to support Nestlé’s operations in developing solutions to improve the company’s sustainability performance, in particular in the areas of agriculture and procurement.


An important aspect of the role is to develop and enhance relations and collaboration with a variety of environmental and social non-governmental organisations and other outside stakeholders. Involving these stakeholders into the way that Nestlé works has become an important strategic approach for how the company develops its programmes on responsible sourcing of commodities and on rural development.


Working with the businesses and markets he also provides advice and support on a range of sustainability issues including human rights, livelihoods, deforestation, and new ways of measuring societal value creation.


Before joining Nestlé, Duncan’s career has seen him move from the corporate sector, to the non-profit sector and back again. With an honours degree in forestry he worked for a variety of forest companies and spent 9 years with Shell, firstly in their London head office, then in Chile and Uruguay. He spent almost 10 years with WWF International heading their Forest Programme in Europe, then as Director of the Global Forest Programme and finally as the Director responsible for WWF’s global thematic work on energy, water, forests, species, oceans and policy. In 2010 he joined Nestlé as independent advisor and became a permanent employee in 2013.

If you are interested in attending please contact a.stowell@lancaster.ac.uk and reserve a place – spaces are limited.

Picture of Duncan Pollard, senior executive at Nestlé

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