Former EVP Sustainable Business and Communications, Unilever
Sue worked closely with Paul Polman, former CEO of Unlilever, for 8 years to build and deliver his vision of a Purpose led business. She is a leading authority on how businesses can prepare and take charge on creating and maintaining sustainable business models. Her talks leave audiences with tangible actions and top tips on how to stay resilient in tough business environments.
• Authority on sustainability & resilience
• Candid & humorous
• Great with Executive audiences
Sue Garrard biography
Sue was, until September 2018, the EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever. In this role she was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring progress against its 70-plus time bound targets. She was also responsible for teams in 180 markets who engage with Governments and key external stakeholders; lead employee engagement; handle the media; and are accountable for issues and crisis management.
In particular, Sue was responsible for establishing sustainability as a driver of brand growth in the top 40 brands that represent some 80% of Unilever’s turnover. By the end of 2017, over 25 of its brands were Purpose-led, growing 50% faster than its other brands and representing 70% of the company’s growth.
For the last year Sue had been leading the work at Unilever to develop Unilever’s next sustainability plan, the successor to their current USLP which expires in 2020. In this work she has engaged with many of the leading authorities worldwide on the social and environmental aspects of sustainability and the SDGs.
Sue was one of the founders of the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business, and is an active Trustee. The organisation works with CEOs and Chairmen to help stimulate change within companies to become a force for good, guided by a purpose that respects people and contributes to a better society. Sue is also a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.