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Michael Townsend is the Founder and CEO of Earthshine Solutions, is passionate about promoting the benefits of sustainable business, and author of The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business (forthcoming).
Michael is an engineering graduate and MBA. A business transformation leader with over twenty-five years experience in a range of sectors. Michael has developed “best in class” performance for a range of organisations, including Norwich Union (Aviva) Insurance, Barclays Bank, BAA, British Airways, Mace, The Home Office and Gazeley.
Michael established Earthshine in 2006, to help organisations deliver sustainable business success, through integrating business & sustainability performance to impact on the top/bottom-line, and make the transition to a sustainable, low carbon world.
Earthshine has been working with organisations large and small across UK, Europe and North America, including Aviva, DWP, Life Technologies, LoyaltyOne, Myrtha Pools, Rough Guides, Triodos Bank, Wilson James, and others.
Earthshine established a major not-for-profit global research project in 2009 to help businesses accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low carbon world by improving awareness of best practices and the positive business case for change. Essentially this project aims to make sustainability easy for business to do, and show that it delivers financial results - a ‘no brainer’. More information on the project can be found at The Sustainable Business Lab.
Michael is a regular writer for Sustainable Business magazine and Huffington Post in UK, along with a variety of blog sites and Twitter. Today, he is focused on making The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business one of the most influential books in its field.
Outside the business environment Michael enjoys family life, country living, reading, listening to music and pursuing his lifetime hobby of playing drums, most recently with rock band "The Wishing"!
Back in September 2012, I kicked off a series of articles examining capitalism, in an attempt to understand the limitations inherent within the current economic framework, and to explore what might be needed to promote a genuinely sustainable economy, including the risks and opportunities for business, and how business leaders may contribute. This is an important topic - as it provides the context for what we can really achieve with our business models and how sustainable they will…Continue
I am delighted to share some insights from our latest in-depth case study on our Global Research Project 'In Search of Sustainable Business'...
Triodos Bank: More Green, Less Greed.
Triodos Bank is one of the world’s leading sustainable banks. Although not as large as some of the mainstream banks yet, Triodos now has a balance sheet worth €4.3 Billion, and is one of the largest investors in renewable…Continue
In the fifth and final part of our 'Sustainable Business: As If people Matter' series, Michael Townsend looks at the skills challenge - and how we might close the gap as we move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy.
Given what we already know about climate change, diminishing…
In the fourth part of our 'As If People Matter' series, we take the investor's perspective, as they too try and make sense of a changing world.
It has taken four long, arduous years for the US stock market to recover its value after…Continue