Thursday 22 April at 6.30pm
Bookshop.org, the site that empowers book buyers to financially support independent bookshops when shopping online, announces an author debate on the environmental future of business to celebrate the publication of The Green Grocer by Iceland Foods MD, Richard Walker.
The event will take place on Earth Day, Thursday 22 April at 6.30pm. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Walker will be joined by naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham and the event will be hosted by Georgina Wilson-Powell, founder of sustainable living magazine, Pebble and author of Is It Really Green?
The debate will discuss the challenges capitalism needs to meet to ensure the planet’s survival, as well as offering innovative ways that companies can improve their practices to affect vital change in the face of climate change.
From eradicating palm oil in products stocked in his supermarkets to becoming the first major retailer globally to commit to eliminating single use plastic packaging, Walker is known for moving Iceland towards more eco-conscious business practices and disrupting the supermarket sector with his own brand of corporate activism.
The Green Grocer, published by DK, provides expert advice and real-life examples of how businesses can embrace their corporate social responsibility, make progress on sustainable initiatives while being realistic about profit margins and meeting the needs of their customers and employees.
All customers that purchase The Green Grocer by Richard Walker via a participating independent bookshop or Bookshop.org will be sent the free event link on the day.
The event follows the news that, to celebrate its carbon neutral certification, Bookshop will be offsetting the CO2 emissions of home deliveries of books across the publishing industry on 22 April.
I’m delighted to be joining Bookshop.org for this exclusive event, alongside Chris Packham and Georgina Wilson-Powell. I am a long-time supporter of the site, and of course of independent bookshops themselves, and continue to advocate the importance of independent shops in our collective, long-term ambition to protect the British high street. I’m looking forward to discussing some of the themes from the book during the event, and of course hearing perspectives from Bookshop.org customers who have been reading it.Richard Walker, author of the The Green Grocer
Richard’s Bookshop.org web page, including his book recommendations across climate change, business and management, plastic pollution and social change can be found here.
Praise for The Green Grocer
“A brilliant appraisal of humanity’s predicament […] Honest, pragmatic, hopeful and realistic […] it isn’t about business, it’s about the business of survival on Planet Earth”
“Unafraid to tackle the social and environmental issues that matter, or engage with critics and competitors to accelerate progress, [Walker’s] commitment to a cause bigger than his own company is truly inspirational”
Paul Polman, former CEO or Unilever and founder of IMAGINE
“With honesty, clarity and insight, Richard Walker shares the inspiring story of Iceland’s corporate transformation from quarterly profits to quarter century impact. A must read for all business leaders”
Christiana Figueres, architect of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, and co-founder of Global Optimism
“Richard has consistently demonstrated real leadership and activism on corporate environmental and ethical issues in his own business, but has also been a lead advocate for action from government and elsewhere”
Craig Bennett, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts