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The Retail Bulletin are delighted to announce that Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Competitiveness will address delegates at January’s Responsible Retail Summit in London.

The minister will join a top-class line up of retail speakers including executives from Alliance Boots, Sainsbury’s M & S, Waitrose, DSG and ASDA to show how the government is helping retailers to support environmental goals.
The speech, which will take place on the environmental responsibilities day of the conference (day 2), will focus on collaborative working within the retail sector; how the Government is addressing the environmental impacts of products and premises and encouraging innovation in retailing. The minister said “ I am delighted that this summit is taking place. UK Retailers are demonstrating that sustainability isn't just good business, but better business - responding to the market and also shaping it. The extent to which consumers engage with retailers every day means that the retail sector can play a powerful role in changing our culture. By helping to bring more innovative, energy saving products to market, increasing transparency on the environmental impact of products, and by improving the resource efficiency of their stores and the supply chain, retailers are showing leadership to help meet UK environmental goals.”

“Mr Timms' speech will feature at the start of an interactive and stimulating day of conference sessions about how retailers can maximise the effectiveness of their environmental strategies” say the event’s producer Carl Goodman.
The day will feature sessions on retail leadership in environmental strategy; calculating, reducing and communicating your carbon footprint; environmental legislation as well as two interactive workshops and a panel discussion on ‘Green retailing in 2009’

The summit, taking place in London’s Novotel West, Hammersmith on January 30th-31st will focus on how UK Retail Executives can develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies that will boost profits, reduce costs, increase market share and enhance their retail brands.

Mark Higgins, Editor of The Retail Bulletin said “Almost all of the sessions on the program feature CSR professionals from the UK’s leading retailers allowing delegates the opportunity to benchmark their strategies with real-world retailer case studies”.

Speakers already confirmed for the event include:
• Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Competitiveness
• Robert Simpson, Head of Sustainable Store Development, Asda
• Rowland Hill, Sustainable Development Manager, Marks & Spencer
• Richard Ellis, Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Alliance Boots
• Jat Sahota, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
• Nick Monger- Godfrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Waitrose and John Lewis
• Trevor Dahl, Head of CSR, Woolworths plc
• Ben Bengougam, Group Director of Human Resources and Chairman of CSR Committee, DSG international plc
• Bruce Dixon, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Lloydspharmacy
• Paul Monaghan, Head of Ethics and Sustainable Development, Co-operative Group
• Gene Cleckley, Internal Communications and Community Affairs Manager, QVC UK
• Gillian Lipton, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Monsoon Accessorize
• Dr Alan Knight OBE , Sustainable Development Commissioner, UK Government and Sustainable Development Director , Wyevale Garden Centres
• Paul Pritchard, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Royal and SunAlliance
• Burak Cakmak, Senior Manager, Social Responsibility, Gap Inc
• Hilary Jones, Ethics Director, Lush
• Simon Constantine, Head of Creative Buying, Lush
• Jenny Dawkins, Head of Corporate Responsibility Research, Ipsos MORI
• John Blackwell, CEO, JBA
• Elizabeth Shepherd, Partner, Retail Sector, Eversheds LLP
• Dr Sally Uren, Director, Business Program, Forum for the Future
• Rob Holdway, Environmental Design Advisor (Eco Design), Envirowise
• Terry Robins, Environmental Design Advisor (Structural Design), Envirowise
• James Dorrell , Environmental Design Advisor (Environmental Science Design), Envirowise
• Dr Martin Gibson, Director, Envirowise
• Professor Jeremy Moon FRSA, Director International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School
• Jan Buckingham, Director of Global Values, The Body Shop

Delegates can expect to network with a focused peer group of UK retail executives who are dealing with the challenges of corporate social responsibility as well as product and service providers of CSR.

The Responsible Retail Summit is sponsored by Sun Microsystems.

Thanks to the events ‘Carbon Neutral Partner’, JBA Associates, this event is entirely emission-neutral. Using their unique carbon balance sheet™, JBA calculated the environmental interaction of people, space and technology. This identified the equilibrium between emission reduction and Kyoto agreed offsets. The required offsets were secured through funding enduring worthy projects to negate excess carbon. For more information see

If you or one of your colleagues would like to attend this crucial event, please contact Karen O’Brien on 01737 734 956 or email her direct on

To register online, please go to
For further details please see the conference website at
To sponsor or exhibit at the event please contact Dave Cocking on 0115 948 1024 or email
About Stephen Timms
Stephen Timms was appointed Minister for Competitiveness in June 2007 at the newly formed Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform. Prior to this he served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, following his role as Minister for Pensions Reform in the Department for Work and Pensions. Other previous Ministerial positions include Financial Secretary to the Treasury; Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness and Minister of State for Energy, e-Commerce and Postal Services in the Department for Trade and Industry; Minister of State for School Standards; and Minister of State and Parliamentary Under Secretary in the then Department for Social Security.
Stephen entered Parliament in 1994 as MP for Newham North East, and has been MP for East Ham since 1997. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Andrew Smith from May 1997 to March 1998, and to Mo Mowlam from March to July 1998.

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