David Grayson, C.B.E.


David Grayson is Professor of Corporate Responsibility and Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. He is an expert in the areas of corporate responsibility and sustainability, social entrepreneurship, public-private-community partnerships and small business development.

He recently finished a five year term as non-executive chairman of one of the UK’s largest social enterprises: Housing 21. He is former Managing-Director of Business in the Community. 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.

Mr. Grayson has published a number of books, conference papers, journal articles and reports. His recent publication includes Corporate responsibility coalitions: The past, present and future of alliance for sustainable capitalism (2013), Corporate responsibility with Chinese characteristics published in Ethical Corporation (2013), Facilitating organizational change for embedding sustainability into academia: a case study published in Journal of Management Development (2013), Fit for purpose: putting sustainability into practice in a business school published in EFMD Global Focus (2013), Sustainable business leadership – take it from the top published in Ethical Corporation (2013), Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability (2012), and sustainable capitalism and the potential for corporate responsibility coalitions published in Ethical Corporation (2012).

He holds a Masters degree in Political and Economics of EU at Universite libre de Bruxelles and a Masters degree in Law at University of Cambridge. He has an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University and has been a visiting fellow of several international business schools.