Founders

The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business is funded by the Rubin Foundation Charitable Trust – a Foundation run by the owners of Pentland Group plc.

As well as funding the Centre, the Trust are also funding the Director and Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business, currently occupied by Gail Whiteman.

Pentland Group plc, is the owner of many of the world’s most iconic sports, outdoor and fashion brands including Speedo, Canterbury and Berghaus.

On funding the Centre, Stephen Rubin said:"Having worked in the area of sustainability for a very long time, it seems to me that there is still so much short-termism in corporate life.

"We have to realise that in the world we are living in, we cannot endlessly waste resources.  We need to lay the foundation stones for those generations that follow. 

"It is my hope that the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business can utilise academic and practical insights to scale up business solutions for sustainability, and to enable business leaders to make more courageous decisions."

The Pentland Centre is a cross-faculty initiative between Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster Environment Centre, and other faculties at Lancaster University. 

Lancaster University Management School is ranked top business school in the UK for "research power" in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), and 80% of its research activity is judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Lancaster Environment Centre is a world-leading research Centre that combines natural and social sciences to deliver impactful research needed to address the global environmental challenges that confront us all. In REF 2014, LEC was ranked third in the UK for the real-world impact of its research.

Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Smith, said: “Education for sustainable development is a priority objective for Lancaster, it’s very important. When creating new thinking and creating tomorrow’s citizens you must look at the issues that they will encounter.

"Issues around sustainability will be top of the political debate and should be considered as we prepare our students for life beyond the University. It’s got to be embedded, if our students don’t have the skills or knowledge in this area, they will be less equipped for their futures.” 

[Pictured above: Stephen Rubin, Sue Cox, Sir Cary Cooper, Andrew Atherton and Lancaster and Pentland colleagues.]