Ethical Performance
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Tribute: ‘dedicated, authentic, generous and engaging’

December 2008

More than 350 tributes were sent to EP in the few days after its founder Alistair Townley’s death. Here, just a few of them give a sense of the affection and respect he inspired

‘Alistair was a real gentleman with immense integrity and insight. He had a hugely informed and measured view of the world with an unwavering social conscience. I know that he saw Ethical Performance as a personal way to address global social and environmental challenges. His passing will be a blow to the CSR movement and especially to its UK community.’
Michael Spenley, head of ethical sourcing, Shop Direct

‘I had nothing but respect for Alistair. He was always courteous and generous. We shared the same outlook on the need for corporate ethics to be practical and user-friendly. He has made a considerable contribution and will be greatly missed.’
Simon Webley, research director, Institute of Business Ethics

‘Alistair has crafted an organization that stands out for its integrity and vision and is highly valued. His sudden death is a tragedy, but he will be remembered for making a unique and lasting contribution to business ethics.’
Simon Propper, managing director, Context

‘Alistair was truly one of the most respected and enlightened people in the world of ethical business. His wish would be that we all should carry on his work.’
Roger Haywood, chief executive, Issues Managers

‘I spent a few days with Alistair at Ethical Performance’s Retreat event two years ago, and I was struck by his dedication to the issue, his intellect and his kind character – it was a pleasure to work with him.’
Laura Bolton, corporate responsibility manager, DHL

‘Alistair made an extraordinary contribution to the cause of corporate responsibility. His methods were uniquely effective and engaging. He leaves an enormous space in the practical advancement of ethics in the UK.’
Ian Bailey, head of corporate responsibility, Imperial Tobacco

‘The SRI/CSR community will certainly miss Alistair’s insight and contribution. While there will be a huge gap, there is also a very stable foundation built by Alistair that will undoubtedly enable Ethical Performance to continue to make its valuable contribution to the field.’
Ian Gearing, corporate responsibility manager, National Grid

‘Alistair and I shared some good, enjoyable and stimulating conversations together when we met at various events. I was glad to see Ethical Performance come to life – and then note that it has endured and occupied a space no one else has filled.’
Brigid Benson, senior partner, GÆIA

‘Working with Alistair was always a pleasure and he will be greatly missed.’
Bethany Cox, marketing manager, Acre Resources

‘I had a number of wonderful interactions with Alistair over the past few years. I will miss him.’
Peter Kinder, president, KLD Research & Analytics

‘Alistair’s depth of knowledge and passion for his subject was clear. He is a great loss to the CSR world.’
Ben Peachey, communications director, International Council on Mining and Metals

‘The work that Alistair founded and led has been so important to nourishing this now flourishing movement to change business for the better.’
Hannah Jones, director of corporate responsibility, Nike

‘Alistair was an authentic person with a great drive and passion for his work and for sustainability issues at large.’
Gijsbert Siertsema, senior communications officer, Heineken

‘His influence has certainly reached this side of the globe and we have all benefited from his life.’
David Morrissey, director, CSR Sydney
‘Alistair’s death is a major loss to the SRI community of which he was such a long-serving part.’
Penny Shepherd, chief executive, UK Social Investment Forum

‘For being a talented but genuine businessman in a world over-populated by sharks and cynics, Alistair deserves our huge respect and applause.’
Tim West, editor, Social Enterprise

‘The mission that was the daily work of Alistair will be the great and continuing testimony of his life, and what he believed in.’
Hank Boerner, chief executive officer, Governance & Accountability Institute

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