Julia Hailes MBE


" I wear many hats, but they're all green."

Consulting

I often describe myself as a campaigning consultant – I believe in what I do. This means that I encourage the companies I work with to be proactive about environmental issues, rather than simply respond to outside pressures.

Over the past 25 years, I have worked with a diverse range of business sectors from detergents and cleaning products to tourism, from disposable nappies to computers, from supermarkets to food and from chemical companies to the financial industry. My particular strengths are looking at businesses from a consumer perspective, being challenging and not forgetting the bottom line.

Consulting Sub-pages:
Marks & Spencer
Proctor & Gamble
Past Consulting

  • Sainsbury's Round Table with Justin King - CEO (Sep12)

    I was one of a dozen 'opinion formers' invited to a dinner at Sainsbury's HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford - former newsreader - shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury's board...

  • Speaking at Ashridge (Jun12)

      The Ashridge building and grounds were spectacular.   I was asked to speak to post-graduates doing an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility  by Ashridge Business School...

  • Washing up tips with Fairy (May12)

    Procter & Gamble, manufacturers of Fairy liquid, asked me to write some consumer advice about the greenest way to wash dishes.    One of my bug bears is people who rinse their plates under the tap before putting it in the dishwasher - either wash the plate or put it in the dishwasher...

  • Speaking at Ashridge (jun12)

    Ashridge Business School - www. ashridge...

  • P&G 4th expert advisory panel on babycare (Jun11)

    I've sat on P&G's Expert Advisory Panel for Babycare since is started a few years ago.   The fourth meeting was held in June in Geneva and had several new participants...

E for Good

In 2011, I set up E For Good, with Melinda Watson .We’re campaigning to reduce the amount of electrical waste (e-waste) as well as setting up systems to increase repair, reuse and efficient recycling. This is the focus of my work in 2012.

Hot Topics

Baby Business Campaigning Carrier bags Cleaning Communications Communities Consumers Detergents Disposables E-waste Eco-renovation Education Energy Food Government Green building Household M&S Media Nappies P&G Packaging Plastic bags Plastics Recycling Schools Supermarkets Sustainability Waste

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Second Nature Advisory Board (Oct12)

I sit on the Advisory board of Second Nature – their mission is making sustainability ‘second nature’ for the organisations they work with.  Charles Perry and Mark Griffiths are the company’s founders – and they have a lot of experience between them, with particular emphasis on business strategy  and expertise in energy, built-environment, clean tech and climate change. They’ve also been working with Tesco, saving the company a massive million pounds per superstore!


Sainsbury’s Round Table with Justin King – CEO (Sep12)

I was one of a dozen ‘opinion formers’ invited to a dinner at Sainsbury’s HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford – former newsreader – shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury’s board.   The focus of the evening was Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability plan and the idea was to review Sainsbury’s corporate responsibility values.  See Blog I’ve written on Sainsburys and consumer choice.


Speaking at Ashridge (Jun12)

 

The Ashridge building and grounds were spectacular.  I was asked to speak to post-graduates doing an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility  by Ashridge Business School.  The programme was aimed at people already working in business and corporations, including consultants, activists, public sector managers and NGO professionals, which means there was a pretty mixed bunch.  My talk was about my personal sustainability experience, but it soon opened into a more interactive session with lots of questions from all the other participants.


Washing up tips with Fairy (May12)

Procter & Gamble, manufacturers of Fairy liquid, asked me to write some consumer advice about the greenest way to wash dishes.   One of my bug bears is people who rinse their plates under the tap before putting it in the dishwasher – either wash the plate or put it in the dishwasher. There’s no need to do both.  Another washing up horror is washing dishes under a running tap – particularly if it’s hot water.  I find it very difficult watching other people wash up, if they’re being wasteful – and sometimes can’t stop myself trying to change other people’s washing up habits!  Eek.


Speaking at Ashridge (jun12)

Ashridge Business School – www.ashridge.co.uk booked me over a year ago to come and talk to their MsC students, who are taking a 2 year masters in ‘sustainability’ and ‘responsibility’.  http://www.ashridge.org.uk/website/content.nsf/wDEG/MSc+in+Sustainability+and+Responsibility?opendocument   What a stunning place – a magnificent building with beautiful gardens.

I was lucky enough to have time to find out a bit about the students taking the post-graduate course.  They came from very diverse backgrounds – some having worked for many years in business and others at an earlier stage.  One African student had to participate by Skype because he’d mislaid his passport.


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