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Bidfresh show commitment to sustainable business practices as CEO graduates with Master of Studies, from Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.
Stephen Oswald, Chief Executive Officer for Bidfresh Ltd in the UK, completed the Masters over the 2016/17 period. The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is a full Master’s degree, aimed at working professionals, delivered part time over two years. Part of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's (CISL), its mission is to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges.
Bidfresh’s commitment to sustainability is displayed further through the appointment of Paul Leyland to the position of Commercial and Sustainability Director for Oliver Kay Produce. Oliver Kay is part of the Bidfresh group of businesses, specialising in the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy and ambient goods to the catering industry. Leyland, who joined the businesss in 1999, takes on the new role to focus on sustainable operations, including areas such as processes, sourcing, transport and packaging within the Oliver Kay business. The company will also work alongside customers to assist with their sustinability policy requirements. Oswald said “I take the issue of Sustainability very seriously which is why I chose to study this area. All aspects of our business are areas to consider with regards sustainability and we feel as a company and individuals, it is our responsibility to take action and put processes into place to minimise the impact we have on the environment.”
The Master of Studies is fully accredited by the University of Cambridge and focusses on developing students’ awareness and understanding of the social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges and opportunities facing the world. It assists in their vision and ambition to drive business leadership to achieve real systems change. And provides the knowledge, experience and ability to critically evaluate a range of strategic levers for change. The course also focusses on the leadership capacity and confidence at a personal and organisational level to best use these levers to effect transformation.
The programme, now in its eighth year, typically attracts an exceptional calibre of senior and mid-career leaders from all across the world, and a range of business sectors. Applicants may wish to formalise their credentials as sustainability professionals, or gain a better understanding of how sustainability risks and opportunities apply to mainstream business functions.
Links: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership www.cisl.cam.ac.uk
Pictured above: Bidfresh CEO, Stephen Oswald on graduation day in Cambridge