Edward Butt

Edward Butt

Expert on corporate safety, environmental sustainability and responsibility


Work Experience

Group OHSE & CR Director

Imperial Brands PLC

September 2016 - February 2018

Top-20 FTSE 100 company with operations globally, 34,000 employees and £30 billion net revenue.

Edward had Group-level, global responsibility for Occupational Health & Safety, Environment and Corporate Responsibility; including Wellness, Community Involvement and Stakeholder / Investor Relations on environmental, social & governance (ESG) matters.

Achievements included:

  • 25% reduction in Lost Time Accident Rate, through the development and roll-out of a pragmatic safety culture and forward-looking safety improvement programs.
  • Rationalisation and refocusing of the Group OHSE & CR functions, their engagement with the business and ways of working.
  • Leadership in external indices. Imperial was identified by CDP in January 2018 as “a global [top-2%] leader for actions and strategies to manage carbon and climate change across its supply chain”; and, took leadership positions in September and October 2017 in the CDP Climate Change, Water and Forest assessments.

Vice President, Sustainability

Tate & Lyle PLC

June 2011 - August 2016

FTSE 100 / 250 company with operations globally, 4,200 employees and £3 billion net revenue.

Edward had Group-level, global responsibility for Environment and Corporate Responsibility; including Community Involvement, Standards in the Supply Chain, Sustainable Agriculture, Stakeholder / Investor Relations on ESG matters, and membership of the Crisis / Business Continuity Management Leadership Team.

Achievements included:

  • Design and implementation of T&L’s Sustainable Agriculture plan, including sustainable sourcing programs for its top-25 agricultural raw materials.
  • Board-approval and delivery of a US$70 million gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) energy system at Loudon, Tennessee by a cross-functional team; reducing site greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and company global CO2e emissions by 10%.
  • Establishing close working relationships on sustainability programs with key customers including Coke, Kraft, Nestle, Mondelez, Pepsi and Unilever.

Vice President, Sustainability

Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (RB)

October 2001 - June 2011

Top-20 FTSE 100 company with operations globally, 55,000 employees and £11 billion net revenue.

Edward had Group-level, global responsibility for Environment, Occupational Health & Safety and Corporate Responsibility; including Standards in the Supply Chain, Stakeholder / Investor Relations on ESG matters, and OHSE & CR Crisis / Business Continuity Management.

Achievements included:

  • 92% reduction in Lost Working Day Accident Rate, 55% reduction in hazardous waste per unit production, 48% reduction in CO2e emissions per unit production and 43% reduction in manufacturing energy use per unit production (all, 2000 – 11).
  • Designed and implemented RB’s:
    • strategy and programs for Occupational Health & Safety, including: first Leading Indicators, first Process Safety Standards and first Behavioural Safety Program.
    • award-winning “Carbon20” program, including the ‘total carbon footprint’ approach since adopted by Unilever and WalMart.
    • award-winning “Trees for Change” program, off-setting during his tenure >2 million tonnes of CO2e emissions by re-planting >60 km2 of deforested land in Canada with >5.4 million trees, whilst delivering nature conservation, ecosystem and economic benefits.
  • Leadership performance in external indices, including CDP Climate Change, DJSI & BitC.

Director, Environmental Management


October 1999 - October 2001

Edward set-up the Environmental Management business unit of Arcadis in the UK. Comprising environmental management, compliance and strategy projects and programs for international companies globally. On-site in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa & Asia for clients including BP, General Motors, Tesco and TotalFinaElf.


Environmental Management Consultancy Ltd

March 1995 - September 1999

Edward devised and led environmental management and compliance projects and programs for international automotive, logistics and chemical companies at facilities globally. On-site in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa & Asia for clients including Delphi, Circle logistics, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Visteon.

Education & Qualifications

University of Surrey

Postgraduate Diploma program, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment and Management



Safety for Senior Executives



National General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health



Associate Exam of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment



Lead Auditor, QS / ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems



Lead Auditor, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems


University of Stirling

MSc (Master’s Degree) in Environmental Management


Coventry University

BSc Hons. (Bachelor’s Degree, with Honours) Geography with environmental science


About Edward Butt

Edward is expert in the management of occupational health & safety (OHS), environmental sustainability (E) and corporate responsibility (CR) for international companies. He has 27 years’ experience working across large, global businesses in minimising risk and maximising opportunity. He has had Group-level, global OHS, E & CR responsibility for the last 17 years at three FTSE 100 PLC’s with complex global operations. Edward has helped them to develop and deliver strategies and targets that have: achieved continuous improvements in performance; created and protected financial and non-financial value; make a positive contribution to wider society as responsible businesses; and, built corporate and brand reputation.


Environmental Management

Health & Safety

Policy & Compliance

Skills & Expertise

Accelerating Environmental Sustainability
Internal and external reporting on Environmental & Social & Governance (ESG) matters
Leadership in external benchmarks and indices
Transforming Health & Safety performance

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