Jeremy Schwartz is a business expert on accelerating the performance of individuals and teams to profit from sustainability. As a former CEO & MD with iconic consumer and retail companies, Coca-Cola, L’Oréal, The Body Shop and Pandora, he delivers audiences ‘valuable actionable insights.’ Schwartz, the inventor of Coke Zero, draws on his leadership roles where he inspired teams to turnaround Pandora and Sainsburys and innovate sustainability initiatives delivering in excess of $20 billion of shareholder value. This he combines with a prediction of the future.
Schwartz’s authority and reputation on sustainability comes from his roles as Chairman of Kantar’s Sustainability and Diversity Transformation practice, CEO of The Body Shop, host of the podcast Saving Tomorrow’s Planet and over twenty years delivering environmental & social, ESG, programmes. What makes him unique are his real-life stories of how to profit from sustainability, gain competitive advantage through sustainable initiatives, overcome stakeholder resistance, innovate profitably and report without greenwashing.
In parallel, Jeremy is an expert on the future of leadership. Business leaders in all functions and at all levels are on a timeless quest to accelerate performance of individuals and teams. At the same time, they are under pressure to profit from sustainability, must embrace AI and be ever more competitive in the face of disrupters. Jeremy brings world class insights and actionable leadership tools to infuse throughout audiences the mindsets and behaviours of market leaders. Examples of which include empowering teams to make decisions faster, the courage to overcome self-limiting mindsets, stepping up to be accountable leaders and embracing sustainability as source of competitive advantage.
With Schwartz’s broad CEO experience, he crafts every speech to each client’s needs and his interactive approach has audiences, from tens to many thousands, actively participating and contributing during his speech.
Jeremy’s vision of the future has seen him anticipate what business leaders need to embrace ahead of time. For example, Schwartz was commissioning sustainability strategies as early as 2005 and back in 2018 authored and presented the BBC program: ‘Retail’s AI Revolution’ where he subsequently incorporated AI into the Pandora transformation. He is currently publishing his book titled: Act Fast & Get Things Done. This takes learnings from turnarounds, tech companies and AI to empower business leaders and their teams to act faster.
Success as a sustainable leader is more than just high performance at work. Success is also about prioritising one’s personal life at the same time. For Jeremy this has meant always being present as a parent for his three sons and dedicating quality time to both his physical and mental health. Clients can call upon Jeremy to share his formula for self-leadership along life’s journey too. With valuable insights on making quality relationships with children as they grow up and how as an accomplished high-altitude mountaineer it made him a better, more courageous sustainable leader.
“Jeremy’s session was absolutely awesome! Jeremy is a talented & very professional speaker, who really understood the message we wanted to convey. On top of that, it was a real pleasure to work & share insights with Jeremy in advance to prepare the final presentation.”
CEO Retail - German Car Company
“Jeremy’s session was excellent. He nailed (and exceeded) the brief; he was very engaging and entertaining, and the content was highly insightful and actionable which is exactly what we were after. It was a great highlight to our event.”
COO - US Tech company
“Jeremy is an incredible thought leader, high achiever and unique voice. In his keynote, he engaged the audience with his incredible sustainability stories that captured the imagination and lived up to the title Profit from sustainability. Seeing that Jeremy lives sustainability in his personal life too with stories from mountains and his podcast guests has inspired our teams to do more.”
CEO - Solar Farm Company