Ian Blythe

Head of CSR, Boots UK, 

Ian Blythe is the Head of CSR for Boots UK, a member of Alliance Boots.

A former Pollution Control Officer for Severn Trent Water, Ian joined Boots in 1990 to project manage the company's response to the introduction of Integrated Pollution Control legislation in the UK. In 1998 he coordinated Boots first external environmental report, and has continued to drive environmental performance management and reporting processes within the company to where it is today. As a FTSE listed company, Boots was in the Premier League (and 1st in the General Retailers sector) of the Business in the Environment Index, and a constituent of numerous indices - including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good - all noting leading environmental management processes and performance.

More recently his experience has been used in developing Boots approach to broader CSR strategy and reporting (achieving leading retailer in Business in the Community's Corporate Responsibility Index in 2006) and, following the merger with Alliance Unichem in July 2006 and subsequent acquisition by private equity partners in July 2007, has been a key contributor to developing an international approach to CSR across the Alliance Boots group.

Ian represents the business on various national and local committees, including the All-Party Parliamentary Environment Group, British Retail Consortium's Environment Policy Advisory Group, CBI Environmental Affairs Committee, and is Chair of INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment).