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David Grayson is Professor of Corporate Responsibility, and Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management. David started his working life in marketing management with the multinational Procter and Gamble. For most of his career, however, he has been a social entrepreneur – starting and / or running a number of public-private-community partnerships. He is a former Managing-Director of Business in the Community. Much of his recent work has focused on how to shift Corporate Responsibility from being a bolt-on to business operations to being built-in to business purpose and strategy, and a source of innovation and new business, as well as societal good.
He has advised with many, leading global businesses as well as international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank. He joined Cranfield in 2007 to establish the Doughty Centre. David has also been a Senior Fellow of the CSR Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He was educated at the universities of Cambridge, Brussels and Newcastle, has an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University and has been a visiting fellow of several international business schools.
His books include “Everybody’s Business” and “Corporate Social Opportunity” co-authored with Adrian Hodges; he co-edited “Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability” and his latest book: “Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The past, present and future of alliances for Sustainable Capitalism” co-authored with Jane Nelson was published in January 2013. His next book “Social Intrapreneurism And All That Jazz: How business innovators are helping to build a more sustainable world” with Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck will be published by Greenleaf Publishing in March 2014.
David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994, and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.