John Isherwood

Job Title: Head of sustainability

Company: Pret A Manger

John is head of sustainability at Pret A Manger and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the sustainable business plan across all markets Pret operates in. A geography graduate from the University of Wales, John completed a post graduate certificate in sustainable business at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership in 2015. Now an ambassador for CISL, his role is to connect and leverage the impact of the alumni based in the UK.  His previous roles were in operations and new business model development in several retail businesses along with Pret. He is particularly motivated to re-connect people with the food and drinks they consume and the farming systems they come from.

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How does business react to consumer demand to reduce waste whilst consumption is increasing?

Balancing the demand to reduce packaging whilst maintaining food safety, product quality and preventing unnecessary food / drink waste Challenges and barriers to building a customer friendly sustainable model Encouraging recycling with a lack of national infrastructure and low commodity values

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