Funders

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."

Professor Gail Whiteman says: “How to get the boardroom to make radical changes in its approach to social issues and the environment is the really big question. The Pentland Centre is trying to help businesses understand the environmental and ethical impacts of their supply chains – Pentland was an early mover on this. My over-riding mission has to be to link the best minds in science, the best minds in business and local people to help deliver positive change. It is about boiling down the messages to make the science more understandable for leaders in business. The messages need to tie in with their economic motivations as well. We are living in a market-based world. It has to be about offering solutions, not just criticisms. Our role is to support those businesses that are already convinced that climate change is an issue. We can provide the most progressive companies with the knowledge and solutions to support what they are doing.”

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

Centre Director, and Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business, Professor Gail Whiteman says: “How to get the boardroom to make radical changes in its approach to social issues and the environment is the really big question. The Pentland Centre is trying to help businesses understand the environmental and ethical impacts of their supply chains – Pentland was an early mover on this. My over-riding mission has to be to link the best minds in science, the best minds in business and local people to help deliver positive change. It is about boiling down the messages to make the science more understandable for leaders in business. The messages need to tie in with their economic motivations as well. We are living in a market-based world. It has to be about offering solutions, not just criticisms. Our role is to support those businesses that are already convinced that climate change is an issue. We can provide the most progressive companies with the knowledge and solutions to support what they are doing.”