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Simon Henzell-Thomas

Director (VP) Global Public Affairs, Advocacy & Transparency IKEA (Ingka Group)

Simon is currently Director (VP) Global Public Affairs, Advocacy & Transparency for Ingka Group, operating IKEA Retail in over 30 countries. Simon leads the global Public Affairs, Advocacy & Transparency functions, driving change in society through purpose-led advocacy and campaigning, influencing public policy and ensuring the highest standards of corporate transparency.

He has over nearly 20 years of experience working with and for global blue-chip retailers in a number of senior leadership roles. He has a background in change management, executive and non-executive leadership, corporate sustainability, human rights, multi-stakeholder partnerships, advocacy, stakeholder engagement & corporate transparency.

Previously to his current role, Simon was an integral part of the IKEA sustainability function in Sweden, leading human rights strategy development and partnership-building. Before that, he was Head of Sustainability & Ethical Trade at The Body Shop, which then became part of the part of the L’Oréal Group.

Simon has a number of year’s experience as a non-Executive Director and Board member, previously as a Trustee for The Body Shop Foundation and as a Trustee for The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in the UK. Simon has also been a Chair for the EuroCommerce Jobs and Skills Committee in Brussels. Simon has played important roles in global multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as the Real Play Coalition, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (LGRR).

Simon has been a judge for the Cannes Award for Creativity in the Sustainable Development Goals category and was included in the Forbes list of “43 People Changing Advertising For Climate.”

Simon a proud European with a British passport – living in The Hague with his wife and two sons. He has an MSC is Business Strategy and Environmental Politics from the University of London.


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