University of Edinburgh Business School Event

The Sustainable Design Alliance (‘SDA’) comprises interdisciplinary collaborators, consultants, designers, and conservationists who came together to share information and stories about sustainable design in all its forms — from UX design to automotive design, from interiors to branding.

What the members have in common is a true desire to make the planet a better place for future generations. They look to engage with government, industry and academia to make sure that we have the opportunities and legislation which allow us to design a better world for this century and those to come.

In order to drive maximum impact, the SDA has been engaging with designers of the future for a number of years. Last year, the SDA expanded this outreach programme to business schools more broadly. It is clear that sustainable design affects all aspects of business, and as such, must be considered across all aspects of business. Our Business School Outreach Programme now speaks to business leaders of the future imploring them to consider sustainable design from the outset of business creation and to inspire them with cutting edge technology, materials and ideas.

Our first talk took place on the 3rd of December 2020 at Edinburgh Business School, to an audience of MSc candidates in International Business & Emerging Mkts, Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The SDA were proud to have in depth, first-hand experience of innovative sustainable design and experience was present to provide a range of perspectives on varying topics. Significant time was allotted for rich discussion through Q&A with the students and professor which is often the most enlightening and enrichening aspect for students and speakers.

Event Speakers:

Maria Coronado Robles, Euromonitor International

– ‘From Sustainability to Purpose’

Ryan Stodart, Bankers Without Boundaries

– ‘Tools for Radical Transparency’

Leisl Lancaster, Outland Denim

– ‘Supply Chain and Transparency’

Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Circuthon Consulting

– ‘Why radical transparency and eco authenticity is vital for the bottom line’

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