Neil is a strong believer in collaboration to achieve long-term sustainability. Clients span fashion, food, pharmaceuticals, publishing, and the technology sector. He leads much of our supply chain work, looking at the conditions under which products are made through to the impacts of the materials they’re made of. Recent work includes: the development of a technology platform and app to support human rights training in the field, setting a CR strategy for a large food retailer, and supporting the development of a community partnership in the fashion supply chain. Before Carnstone, Neil worked in the shipping industry, first in London and then Japan and Hong Kong. He has a BA from Leeds University and an MA the School Of Oriental & African Studies.
Neil is responsible for Carnstone Asia Ltd. He is also a Trustee of Migrant Help.
This report summarises the impact achieved by the Book Chain Project over the past 15 years. It traces the history of the Book Chain Project, from three separate tools to one collaborative project building better book supply chains; looks at our reach; outlines our work and impact across the three workstreams; describes our collaborations; and ends with a look at the future.
In the face of rapidly changing reading habits what does the future hold for printed books? Will they still be around in ten years? And if so, how might they be made?
Our publishing initiative, the Book Chain Project, helps publishers to better understand how, where and from what their books are made. It’s been ten years since the first part of the Project began by gathering data on the tree species used in paper. We wrote this report to reflect on that past decade, to better understand our current reading habits, and finally to gaze into the crystal ball to see what books of the future might look like, and how and where they might be made.
Based on current trends we’ve identified four underlying stories of the book:
- Digital print: New printing technology is significantly affecting how books are made. It’s allowing print-on-demand, local production, and personalised content, and allowing publishers to revive their archived titles, and take opportunities to trial new authors.
- Digital conversion: In some cases digital clearly offers benefits over print when we look at connectivity and interactivity. Where the changes are happening, they’re happening quickly.
- Digital interaction: Print and digital can complement one another in blended approaches where digital interactivity can help to bring print to life.
- Digital distraction: In our desire to avoid digital overload from the ever-present screens and devices in our lives, are books one of our last remaining bastions of escapism?
We go on to predict three possible futures for the book and ultimately what this means for our future work on the Book Chain Project.
The report’s findings are informed by our desk research, in-depth interviews with the Project’s publishers, and guest presentations from our 2016 seminars in London and New York.
Since March 2013 businesses across Europe have been responding to the EU Timber Regulation; a law prohibiting illegal timber from appearing on the European market. We wanted to gauge the feeling across the retail and manufacturing sectors so, eight months on from the law’s introduction, we conducted a short survey to understand how companies were facing the new requirements. We presented the findings to the Chatham House Illegal Logging Update in February 2014. The results are summarised in our report Still Feeling Stumped?
Neil's Pro Bono Work…
Neil is a trustee of Migrant Help, a charity that provides advice and support for migrant communities across the UK, including specific support for victims of human trafficking in to the workplace. As well as sitting on the board, Neil is also helping the organisation to develop support services for companies that employ migrant workers.
Neil in our news section…
Helping John Lewis develop Better Jobs
John Lewis’ Better Jobs programme aims to promote better jobs for the people involved in making their products. Over the last couple of years, we have supported John Lewis to engage with their suppliers and deliver the Better Jobs programme. We are very proud to see the programme is developing and rapidly growing, with the results for the first year showing the tangible impact it has had in promoting higher quality jobs.
In 2019, 23 UK suppliers (with a sample size of over 800 workers) took part. For 2020, John Lewis is extending it to a wider base of their UK suppliers and will aim to roll out the programme in over 20 factories in China.
Through an online portal, John Lewis’ suppliers can access guidance and dedicated resources on their new Better Jobs framework, which covers seven areas:
- Voice – ‘We want the people who make our products to be empowered to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns.’
- Growth – ‘We want the people who make our products to have the opportunity to progress.’
- Reward – ‘We want people who make our products to be appropriately rewarded through pay, benefits and recognition.’
- Security – ‘We want the people who make our products to have security within their role.’
- Job design – ‘We want the people who make our products to feel a sense of autonomy within their role.’
- Respect – ‘We want the people who make our products to feel respected by others.’
- Health & wellbeing – ‘We want the people who make our products to feel well and safe.’
Partner needed: 12-month maternity cover
- 13 July 2020
We are looking for a Partner (consultant) to join our growing management consultancy in Central London (Charing Cross) for a one-year fixed-term contract to start in early September, with the potential for this to turn into permanent employment.
With offices in London and Shanghai, we are 30 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.
We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.
About us – Carnstone Partners Ltd
Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai, we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting. We have been in business for 20 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are our biggest asset; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.
The job is at our ‘Partner’ level. You will be responsible for managing projects and client relationships, often in a lead-role although always with the support of our Senior Partners. There is also a strong element of people management, co-ordinating our Junior Partners in wider project teams and working closely with client representatives or external collaborators. Partners are expected to:
- Work from London our office but, under the current circumstances, be able to work remotely for the foreseeable future;
- Deliver client satisfaction – understanding client needs, developing a strong rapport with key individuals, deliver high-quality work;
- Maintain and develop client accounts – there’s an expectation that Partners will secure new business, principally by helping to manage and grow our existing accounts;
- Provide high quality advice and outputs – based on sound business judgement and deep sustainability knowledge, and by leading/coordinating the project team; and
- Support colleagues on a range of accounts, including our sector sustainability initiatives.
Personal attributes and skills required
- Good general understanding of CR and, ideally, some specialised knowledge in one or more specific areas;
- Several years of relevant experience in one or more aspects of CR; and
- Experience with managing client accounts or projects and the ability to manage client relationships.
- An easy, winning manner and the ability to communicate in all settings;
- Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload;
- A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly and solve problems; and
- Real willingness to learn, share and be challenged.
- Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
- Ability to write clearly and concisely, adapting your style as required for different audiences;
- A bachelor’s degree or higher;
- First-rate IT skills and an ability to use technical skills to best effect for the clients; and
- Commercial aptitude and consultancy experience would be a distinct advantage
We offer a competitive package consisting of 10% pension contribution and a range of healthcare insurances. The annual salary for this role is £45,000.
Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are flexible and smart (and modest, too). We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.
We know that our employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that enables them to meet their responsibilities outside work. Through our flexible working arrangements, we support our team in making the most of their careers with us.
For more information about who we are, the work we do and our clients, please have a look around our website.
How to apply
Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Neil Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2020. Virtual interviews will be arranged during w/c 10th August.
Debut summit for the Asian publishing, paper and print sector
- 21 July 2015
Carnstone’s paper supply chain project, PREPS - the Publishers’ database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing - held its first Asian Summit on 29 June in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Over 90 delegates attended from across Asia, Europe and North America, representing major publishers, printers, paper mills, and national and international NGOs. The event brought these parties together to address the most pressing challenges with responsible paper sourcing in the region.
Delegates heard the views from customers, suppliers and manufacturers; each represented by US-publisher Chronicle Books, China-based printer Leo Paper, and global paper manufacturer UPM. Other panellists gave their views ‘from the ground’ in the form of WWF China and the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). IPE also announced a major Chinese paper sector environmental initiative.
Masterclasses in the afternoon saw dedicated PREPS database training for mills and printers, with plenty of opportunities to feed back on the system’s features and how it can be improved for a better user experience. Our publisher and NGO delegates held a separate panel discussion where FSC and the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) discussed the future of forest and wood product certification in Asia. This was particularly timely given the Chinese Government’s new Forest Certification Regulation which was announced less than a week before the Summit.
Over 50 companies participated including, the Hong Kong Printers Association; mills such as Hansol, ITC, and Chung Hwa Pulp; NGOs including RAN Japan and Chinese Environmental Paper Network, and many representatives of the PREPS publishing houses.