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Welcome to Creating Sustainable Impact

Welcome to our Creating Sustainable Impact in Scotland conference, hosted by JCI Scotland. We welcome delegates from across Scotland and beyond to connect, learn and develop their ideas for social enterprise and how to create sustainable impact. The weekend will feature our Keynote Speaker David Scott, Founder of BeYonder, alongside networking opportunities, interactive workshops and JCI Scotland’s National Debating, Extempore, & Public Speaking competitions. With the conference closing over a memorable gala dinner, awards presentation and ceilidh this is an event that offers something for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you.

Sustainability in Scotland

What does sustainability mean to you? What role can social enterprises play in a sustainable world? How can we make an impact in creating a sustainable future for Scotland?

Over the weekend we will be exploring these questions, and many more, as we sow the seeds to work together and play our part in creating a sustainable future.

Conference Partners

We’re delighted to be working with the following organisations

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Keynote Speaker – David Scott

David Scott is well known in Scottish enterprise for both business and ethical campaigning and is a long-standing supporter of JCI. He works tirelessly to further principles of corporate sustainability, ethicality in business and the promotion of educational initiatives as the “purpose” in his profit for purpose Scottish business interests.

David is a co-Director of the ethical textile manufacturer BeYonder, who are product prototyping, sampling and small batch specialists. BeYonder enables local and international designers to create their products with ethically made and sourced materials. Based in Glasgow’s East End, BeYonder are a living wage employer, member of the Scottish Circular Economy Business Network and CELCIC, the Circular Economy Low Carbon Innovators’ Coalition.

He is the CEO of Involve, a charity whose mission is to advance education, citizenship and community development particularly – although not exclusively – for the benefit of children and young people. David also delivers business training as part of the Weekenducate® portfolio of development programmes to both his own staff teams and to external partner-organisations.

He is a Festival Director of The Only Way is Ethics, a festival with a strong focus on social responsibility, social inclusion and animal rights. The festival aims to generate a city-wide conversation, by asking the question, ‘How can ethical thinking make your city a better place for all?’ The Glasgow Festival of Ethics provided 58 events over 8 days with audiences from 7 to over 7,000.

Additionally, David has the ear of Glasgow’s business leaders as a Council Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Based on his CV alone we can agree he’s a great man to have in that position.

In his free time David is a Non-Executive Director and Charity Trustee. He has held Board level appointments with a number of other charities including Sea Shepherd UK and the Glasgow Buildings Preservation Trust, is currently a Trustee of Protect Our Winters UK and is a Trades House nominated advisor to the Samaritans of Glasgow.

All of the above is left aside if he receives an emergency callout as a member of Europe’s only Large Whale Disentanglement Team, part of British Divers’ Marine Life Rescue.

We’re proud to have David share his thoughts on creating a sustainable impact in Scotland with us.

Discussion panellist – Alan Mahon

Alan is the Founder of Brewgooder, the craft beer brand on a mission to bring 1,000,000 people clean drinking water. Brewgooder became the first social enterprise brand to gain a national listing with Asda in October 2016 just 3 months after launching their flagship style Clean Water Lager with a successful £60,000 crowdfund. 

As a social entrepreneur he has been involved in the growth of Social Bite in Scotland, the high street sandwich chain which employs, trains and houses homeless and vulnerable people, along side his partner and has welcomed Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio to his event, the Scottish Business Awards, raising over £3m.

He is a passionate believer in the power of ‘altruistic consumerism’ where everyday people can change the world for the better through everyday spending habits and is on a personal mission to bring social enterprise brands into the mainstream.

Watch out for our panellists as they’re announced

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