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Same industry, different models: Burberry & Baukjen on meeting climate ambitions (recording available)
March 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm BST
We welcomed two businesses in the fashion industry to discuss their roadmaps for achieving their climate ambitions.
Climate considerations transcend size and heritage, and are important for every business. Burberry is a global, long-established business, and Baukjen is a local London-based BCorp. In this event we explored their unique stories and pathways, the role of governance, and progress so far.
Susan Hooper, an experienced board member who is also on the Chapter Zero Board discussed these two different paths to net zero with Geoff van Sonsbeeck, Founder and CEO of Baukjen, and Julie Brown, Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Burberry.
Susan Hooper, Board of Chapter Zero
Susan is Chair of Tangle Teezer Limited and Enhanced Biomass Sequestration. She sits on the Boards of Eurowag, Moonpig plc, Uber UK and Affinity Water Ltd. She is also Acting Chair of CarbonGap.org. Susan is a founding Director of Chapter Zero. She is actively involved in several start-ups in property, carbon capture and sustainability, and medical technology. She is also an Ambassador for World Travel & Tourism Counsel focused on sustainability.
Julie Brown, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Burberry
Julie is Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Burberry and has spent more than eight years in Chief Financial Officer positions in the FTSE100. Before joining Burberry she was the Group CFO at Smith & Nephew from 2013-2017. Prior to this she spent 25 years at AstraZeneca in a variety of roles, including Interim Group CFO. Julie is also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of Roche Holding Limited. She is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust Women Supporting Women initiative and co-Chair of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project’s CFO Leadership Network. Julie is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and Patron of Oxford University Women in Business. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountancy and the Institute of Tax, after qualifying with KPMG.
Geoff van Sonsbeeck, Co-Founder and CEO, House of Baukjen
Geoff is the Co-Founder and CEO of the House of Baukjen, the UK’s highest scoring fashion BCorp that is home to two ethically, socially and sustainably conscious womenswear brands, Baukjen and Isabella Oliver. In 2021 the House of Baukjen became the first fashion company to win the UN Global Climate Action Award. Geoff started his career in Military Intelligence before taking senior roles at Heineken and Royal Dutch Shell in international assignments.