Dame Polly Courtice appointed as Non-Executive Director to the BSI Board

1 September 2022 

BSI, the business improvement and standards company, today announced the appointment of Dame Polly Courtice as a Non-Executive Director to the BSI Board with immediate effect.

Polly was Founder Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (1988 – 2021) and is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at Anglian Water. She is a member of the Supervisory Board of Mercedes-Benz and a Director of Jupiter Green Investment Trust. Polly is also on the sustainability advisory boards for several leading companies including Terra Firma Investment Management Ltd and AstraZeneca.

In addition to being the recipient of numerous honours and awards over the years for her contribution to sustainability, Polly is a member of the judging panel for the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development and Chair of the Faculty of Board of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. 

John Hirst, Chairman at BSI comments: “Polly’s experience of working with global businesses as ambassador for best practice in sustainability has already been of immense value to BSI during her role as a Board Advisor since June 2020. We’re now very pleased to welcome Polly as a Non-Executive Director. Having formally committed to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Polly’s appointment will enable us to support our clients, to help protect our planet’s resources and achieve sustainable resilience and growth over the coming years.”

Dame Polly Courtice comments: “I’m delighted to join BSI as a Non-Executive Director. BSI is an organization that continues to play a key role in pioneering standards that help global organizations improve sustainability and performance. From originating the world’s first environmental management system standard, to developing the international sustainable event management standard used by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and, more recently, leading the London Declaration, a game-changing moment for international standards, enabling a real acceleration in government and industry tackling climate change and their transition to net zero.”