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Mon 25 Apr 2022 | by Rob Hutchins

The RSPB welcomes new Commercial Environmental Specialist to its consumer products team

The UK’s leading conservation charity-turned-lifestyle brand, The RSPB has welcomed the qualified marine biologist and former industry marketing and retail executive, Freddie Hack to the newly created role of Commercial Environmental Specialist. Hack joins the team as the RSPB sets out new aims for introducing new and expanding existing sustainability measures up and down the company, from day-to-day business operations to its licensing and consumer products output. A graduate of the University of St Andrews where he completed a Masters in Marine Mammal Science, Hack has joined the RSPB team with the initial aim of getting the UK charity up to relevant speed with the Plastic Packaging Tax introduced earlier this month. Following this, he will then extend his remit into other areas of sustainability and ethical sourcing across the business. The RSPB has already demonstrated a close alignment with sustainability adhering to strict environmental and sustainable sourcing guidelines to ensure a ‘consistent and sustainable approach’ to all of its licensed, own-brand, and off-the-shelf product. Within its product development, all wood and paper products are made using FSC-certified materials, while its packaging is ‘as much as possible’ plastic-free and fully recyclable. Most recently, the team joined up as active members of the Products of Change community. “The products team already has an amazing record with reducing plastic packaging, as well as sourcing palm-oil free and FSC-accredited products to name a few,” Hack told Products of Change. “I hope to promote all the fantastic work we do, while putting the RSPB at the forefront of sustainability.” Louisa Skevington, product licensing manager at the RSPB, said: “It’s exciting to see how much the conversation around sustainability is growing. We are finding increasingly that prospective suppliers and licensees have sustainability at the front of mind, and this really opens up opportunities for new conversations, partnerships and product ranges. “We are guided by some fantastic environmental advice internally at the RSPB and we are delighted to welcome Freddie to the team.” As part of its membership of the Products of Change community, the RSPB has detailed plans to move towards carbon neutrality and full sustainability through collaborations. Email Louisa.Skevington@rspb.org.ukor Freddie.Hack@rspb.org.uk to learn more.