We hear from Richard Walker, MD Iceland Foods, about stacking shelves for the family business and how he found purpose championing the environment.Tune in to hear more about his passion for sustainability and initiatives to change business operations for the better.
Bobby was joined by Richard Walker, CEO of Iceland Foods to talk about the positive impact he is striving to make when it comes to ethical & sustainable business practices.Together they discuss his new book 'The Green Grocer' which sets out Richard’s learnings since he embarked on Iceland’s ‘Doing it Right’ plan in 2017 and his practical advice for businesses of all sizes that want to make a positive difference.Listen and subscribe to Down to Business with Bobby Kerr on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'. CEO of Icland
Feed & Flourish: The Klosters Forum in conversation with Richard Walker
The Klosters Forum Podcast
Hannah MacInnes joins Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland Foods and Author of the book, 'The Green Grocer' out April 2021, on The Klosters Forum Feed & Flourish Podcast series, to discuss the topic of biodiversity and ways in which we can transform our food systems in order to positively preserve our planet.
62: Richard Walker, Iceland Foods – Doing it right: lessons from the green grocer
Change Makers: Leadership, Good Business, Ideas and Innovation
In 2012 Richard joined Iceland Foods, the company established by his parents Malcolm and Rhianydd in 1970. He worked full-time as a shelf-stacker and cashier in Iceland stores in London for a year, before becoming a store manager in Swiss Cottage and moving to Iceland head office at Deeside, Flintshire, in 2013. After various head office roles, including a spell running Iceland’s International division, Richard became Managing Director of The Food Warehouse, Iceland’s chain of more than 70 larger format stores, in 2015. He was promoted to his current role as Managing Director of Iceland Foods in August 2018. Since November 2017 Richard has taken the board lead on sustainability issues across the Group. Under his leadership, Iceland has taken a range of world-leading sustainability initiatives that include becoming the first major retailer globally to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from its own label range, to be completed by the end of 2023; taking action against continuing destruction of tropical rainforests as the first UK major UK supermarket to announcing the removal of palm ingredients from its own label food by the end of 2018; becoming the first UK retailer to adopt the Plastic Free Trust Mark; and being the first retailer to install trial Reverse Vending Machines for plastic bottles in stores in England, Scotland and Wales.
Episode 10: Richard Walker - CEO at York Solutions
CXO Underground with Joe Topinka & Mike Charobee
CXO Underground Podcast with Joe Topinka and Mike CharobeeEpisode 10 with Richard Walker - CEO at York SolutionsWebsite: https://www.cxounderground.com/Joe Topinka: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joetopinka/Mike Charobee: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikecharobee/Richard Walker: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rwalkercgo/
They discuss:- Life in lockdown- Local surf breaks- Richards early career- Running a £3b+ Business- Environmental impact- Climbing Everest- Pioneering mountain ascents and naming mountains- Juggling work / home / adventures- The benefits of surf in life and work- How environmental stewardship has been driven by passion for surf- Cutting out single use plastic- Palm Oil campaigns- Being a trustee of Surfers Against Sewage- Richards Quiver- Surfing with family- Favourite surf spots See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Richard Walker – The plain-speaking approach to sustainable business
The Mallen Baker Podcast
In this episode, I talk to Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland Foods. Richard has become one of the most recognisable faces of sustainable business in the UK, leading campaigns on palm oil, plastics and even debating Brexit on BBC Question Time. In this interview, we talk about how he got to where he is, and what he’s learned along the way. We dive into some of the issues – why ban palm oil from Iceland own products rather than going for sustainable palm oil? How to remove plastics from food products when there are such difficult trade-offs? And what is the future of sustainable business, where we successfully balance the business bottom line with its wider impact. Show Notes What did the world look like to the young Richard Walker when he left school and looked ahead to adult life? (1:46) Richard’s early time living the dream travelling the world (3:30) Surf culture, and Richard’s involvement in the Surfers Against Sewage campaign group (5:54) Iceland’s early involvement with sustainable issues on GM food and organic food – Richard’s perspective on those early experiments (8:19) Richard’s unconventional entrance path into Iceland (11:36) What was it that changed Richard’s mind about joining the family firm? (12:58) The freedom of running a private business rather than a public listed company (14:34) The commitment to remove palm oil and the orangutan video (15:48) Isn’t palm oil actually one of the most efficient sources of vegetable oil, so why zero palm oil? (18:30) Lessons from having been at the rough edge of public debate (21:33) Eliminating single-use plastic packaging – easier to say than to do? (25:00) How does a committed sustainability business leader get the balance right between impact and the bottom line (31:57) The role of plain speaking in a country that has become totally polarised? (34:00) The future for sustainable business (36:40) Richard’s personal purpose (38:11) One practical change Richard would like to make in the world before hanging up his gloves (39:22) An impressive change maker Richard has been inspired by (40:27) Advice Richard would give to his younger self (41:00) A habit Richard would like to change (41:43) A book or books that have changed Richard’s thinking or life (43:46) Advice Richard would give to young would-be change makers (44:20) Links Richard on twitter https://twitter.com/icelandrichard Richard’s blog https://about.iceland.co.uk/the-walker-blog/ Books Let my people go surfing, Yvon Chouinard https://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-People-Surfing-Education-Businessman-Including/dp/0143109677/