David Lawrence

David Lawrence

Sustainable Supply Chain Consultant

Bench Accredited



Food and Agriculture specialist, WWF UK

“When I worked with David his involvement was the key factor is persuading a leading global dairy co-operative to start a sustainable dairy farming programme. He went the extra mile as a customer in commissioning a study on the business case for the supplier to improve its reputation through its farming sustainability performance. The supplier company then established a strong farming sustainability programme with its farmer members overseen by a board of external parties that included David as a customer, farmer members, scientists and the NGO I work for. For me it really showed at its best what motivation can be given to a supplier by someone working in a key customer company. It may also have played a role through that company in getting the whole country to play on its sustainability reputation. ”

AIM, the European Brands Association

Director General

“David has been chairing the AIM-PROGRESS Initiative on responsible sourcing for three years and he has brought outstanding leadership and mediation skills to this position. David is good at strategy as well as being action/results orientated. He is very good at chairing meetings – his sense of humour helps and can also roll up his sleeves when necessary. The membership of AIM-PROGRESS has doubled under his chairmanship and he was unanimously selected to be retained as chairman on a contracted basis when he left Diageo at the end of 2013. ”

Sedex Information Systems

Group CEO

“I have worked closely with David for several years, at Diageo, with AIM Progress and most recently in his board role for SEDEX. A very positive and constructive person, he has always brought a practical focus to his work, looking to ensure the right people are engaged in what is happening to ensure the best outcome for all concerned. ”


Operational Excellence Director - Spirits & Wines

“I worked closely with David at Diageo, including mentoring him through his Cambridge sustainability programme. During his time in the role David initiated the sustainable Procurement programme which we continue to develop and implement today. David’s contribution ranged from creating our Supplier Code and crafting our first Sustainable Sourcing Guidelines for our agricultural suppliers, to supporting buyers in applying these codes to drive performance improvement. Of particular note was the collaborative and inclusive way in which he led the work on Sustainable Cream supply with our major supplier. ”

Work Experience

Sokwe Consulting - "Enabling sustainability through collaboration"

(October 2013 - Present)

An independent consultant, with over 25 years international experience in major branded consumer goods companies. He is currently Chairman of AIM-Progress, the 37-company FMCG sector task-force working collaboratively to improve responsible sourcing practices in their common supply chains. Also a board member of SEDEX, the ‘not-for-profit’ supplier data exchange organization. David is also available as a consultant for sustainable supply chain work

Compliance & Ethics Programmes Director

Diageo PLC

(September 2011 - October 2013)

Managed the refreshing of our Code of Business Conduct, created and rolled out our 3rd party anti-corruption programme, designed and implemented a new breach management system. Managed board reporting and created ethics training programmes for Diageo.

Global Procurement, Compliance, Risk & Sustainability Director

Diageo PLC

(September 2005 - September 2011)

This role in Procurement is about helping people ‘do it right’ – from having the right contract in place, through supplier failure risk management, to driving our responsible and sustainable sourcing activities.

Engineering Global Procurement Category Director

Diageo PLC

(August 2001 - August 2001)

Managing Engineering spend within the Guinness part of Diageo

Head of Supplies & Logistics - Uganda Breweries

Diageo PLC

(October 1998 - August 2001)

This role covered a variety of Technical and Procurement responsibilities

Engineering Manager

Diageo PLC

(March 1996 - September 1998)

Managing the utilities, energy and environmental aspects of the Guinness, Park Royal Brewery

Education & Qualifications

University of Cambridge

Post Grad Certificate, Sustainable Business Leadership

(2010 - 2011)

The Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc Hons, Mechanical Engineering

(1982 - 1986)

About David Lawrence

David is an expert in enabling organisations to be more effective in their sustainability ambitions, through collaborating with others. He is currently Exec Director of AIM-Progress, the 43-company FMCG sector task-force working collaboratively to improve responsible sourcing practices. David is also a non-exec board member of SEDEX, the supply chain technology organisation and a Senior Associate/tutor at Cambridge University Post-Graduate programmes. Most recently he worked for Diageo where his responsibilities included creating and then leading their Sustainable Procurement globally.


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