Geoff Lye

Non-Executive Director, SustainAbility

Co-founder, Volans Ventures

Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College, Oxford


Through the 1980s Geoff was Group Managing Director of a leading European communications consultancy, advising particularly on the management of reputation. He was a member of the RSA’s influential Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry team and advised the BBC on environmental and communications issues in the lead-up to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.

As a Director of SustainAbility since 1993, he has led strategic sustainability reviews with a wide range of global companies including BT, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nestlé and Shell.  Geoff was the lead author of SustainAbility’s ground-breaking report, The Changing Landscape of Liability, which assesses how new forms of social, environmental and economic liability demand a new approach to strategic risk management. He co-authored Taxing Issues, which explores the issue of responsible tax policies and practice within the broader corporate responsibility agenda. His latest research explores how corporate economic responsibility is set to shift whole sectors of industry to new business models requiring companies to develop and deliver active responses to the major challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Geoff holds an Associate Fellowship at Green Templeton College, Oxford where he authored a chapter on the transformational role of corporations in addressing climate change in the 2014 book ‘Climate Change, Carbon Governance and Business Transformation’.

Geoff is also a co-founder and non-exec director of Volans Ventures; and a Board Trustee of the South East Asian Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP).

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