Partner, Global and UK Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change
Malcolm Preston is Global Head of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and leads a global team of some 700 sustainability and climate change experts, with over 100 based in the UK.
A graduate in Oceanography, Malcolm decided the world of research would be tedious. In 1983 he joined Coopers & Lybrand and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. After spells working in the US, Australia and Zambia, he was admitted to the partnership in 1996. During his career he has advised large multinationals, entrepreneurial start-ups and co-led the firm’s dot.com team through the turn of the century. He has lead the Sustainability & Climate Change team since 2008.
Malcolm’s role is to drive the understanding of sustainability and climate change throughout the firm to ensure the risks and opportunities associated with these issues are considered in the advice PwC gives to its clients, including reporting and assurance; complying with related regulation and taxes; mitigation of and adapting to climate change; international development; investment decisions; supply chain integrity and security; and educating boards and engaging employees on sustainability issues.
Malcolm specialises in all aspects of Sustainability Reporting, including the measurement and valuation of environmental, social and economic impacts.
He is an accomplished speaker, most recently speaking at the BASD and B4E events at Rio +20, as well as the inaugural Global Business of Biodiversity conference, the world’s first Global Ocean Summit and the World Economic Forum.
Malcolm was born to travel, not so much to see the sights, but to meet the people and learn the difference of culture. He has driven across every continent in the world – except Antartica. His mantra is twofold – never fly over somewhere if you have the time to do it by land – and leave the places you visit as you find them.