Yorkshire Water: Taking sustainability into the mainstream 

Against a backdrop of tougher regulation, Yorkshire Water is blazing a trail when it comes to demonstrating sustainable business practices and social value. Rachel Willcox speaks to its CEO, Liz Barber ACA.

When you’re a utility providing essential water services to more than five million people and 100,000 businesses, sustainability is an issue you simply can’t afford to ignore.

Liz Barber, CEO of Yorkshire Water and parent company Kelda Group, admits her personal sustainability mission coincides with growing corporate momentum on sustainability – not just at Yorkshire Water but across business generally. Fortunately Barber, the former chair of Accounting for Sustainability’s CFO Network, says the business benefits of sustainability make it an easy sell both internally and to broader stakeholders.

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