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Claire Benson, Co-Director of SDG Changemakers

Founding SGD Changemakers was the natural response and solution to the Global Challenges we all face.

A quick glimpse into my story


In 1992 as a student at the University of Dundee, I was introduced to sustainable development.


Fast forward a few years, and my career journey and passion for new experiences have taken me to Asia and New Zealand, working with government agencies, charities and businesses. I've worked across numerous sectors, including food and drink, tourism, education, business services and lifestyle brands, and economic development.


My purpose to work with good brands started with The Body Shop back in 1997. Anita Roddick was still at the helm. Back then, The Body Shop campaigned hard on behalf of the environment and human rights, and we reported on the Triple Bottom line.

I am passionate about entrepreneurialism and innovation, using data for decision-making, being smart with our business resources and creating a work/life balance that supports our own well-being, the planet we inhabit and the people we share it with.

As SDG Changemakers, we work with organisations that want to align their business impact with sustainability and help achieve the UN's  17 sustainable development goals by tackling the Global Challenges we all face.

We support businesses and social enterprises to understand their purpose, align their business goals, and deliver on their strategic objectives through data, action planning and innovative thinking.


I have a farming and rural background, so I am naturally interested in designing sustainable business models and innovation within the food and drink sector, rural economy and tourism to support a sustainable global food system and food security.

Outside of SDG Changemakers, I am an Honorary Teaching Fellow and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Lancaster, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Practitioner of Public Relations.

Originally from Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, UK, my relaxing passion is photography, and spending time in NZ with family.

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