Craig Bennett is Director of Policy and Campaigns at Friends of the Earth UK. He is the organisation's lead campaigner and policy strategist, representing the charity with Government and other key lobbying contacts and leading its tactical response to the changing political and policy context. He has over fifteen years of professional campaign experience covering issues right across the sustainability agenda from climate change, to biodiversity, and corporate accountability. He has campaigned at the local, national and international level, and has run campaigns to influence politicians, business leaders, and international negotiators.
From 2007 to 2010, Craig was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) and, in this role, was Director of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG). During this time, he built The Corporate Leaders Group into one of the most influential and progressive business voices in the international climate debate, primarily through its series of hard-hitting, punchy statements in support of a strong, effective and equitable global climate deal. The most recent of these, The Copenhagen Communiqué, secured the support of over 950 companies from more than 60 countries and was widely seen as the definitive progressive statement from the international business community ahead of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen.
He maintains his links with the University of Cambridge, both as a Senior Associate of the Programme for Sustainability Leadership and as a visiting Programme Director at the Judge Business School, where he is an occasional lecturer on Executive Education courses. He is also Vice-Chair of Stakeholder Forum (the UNEP National Committee for the UK) and a Teaching Fellow on sustainability at the Department of Engineering at The University of Bristol.
Prior to joining CPSL, Craig was the Head of the Corporates and Trade Campaign at Friends of the Earth. He also sat on the Executive Committee of Friends of the Earth International, the Steering Group of the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition and was a Board Member of the Trade Justice Movement (TJM).
He has a BSc (Hons) in Human and Physical Geography and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
He is a regular contributor to various publications including National Geographic Green.