Sarah McDonald
Sarah McDonald
Vice President, Sustainability
GSK Consumer HealthCare

Sarah joined GSK in January 2021 as VP Sustainability and is working, together with the Global Sustainability team and colleagues throughout the business, to step change action on sustainability as a mission critical part of delivering on our company purpose: Better everyday health with humanity. The health of people depends on a healthy world, so our sustainability strategy and actions are focused on tackling the environmental and social barriers to everyday health: from climate change, plastic, air and water pollution to tackling issues of growing health inequality; the stigma and bias which limits people’s opportunities for everyday health and empowering people towards better, sustainable self-care.

Sarah joined GSK from Unilever where she was part of the team who created the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and then catalysed the actions needed to deliver on the plan’s ambitious goals. Sarah led Unilever’s work on Brand Purpose, was accountable for the Health & Wellbeing goal ‘To Help more than a billion people take actions to improve their Health & Wellbeing’ – helping to scale the many programs contributing to this, including Lifebuoy’s work on handwashing, Signal’s work on Brush Day and Night and Dove’s work to empower young people by improving body confidence and self-esteem. Sarah also partnered with Unilever’s biggest Division – Beauty and Personal Care – to embed sustainability into the Division, its brand strategies and action plans, using prior experience gained over a 10-year period across brand marketing, strategy and innovation roles.

My Sessions
Nature, health and climate change
Presentation Plenary