Jim Hagemann Snabe – Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk, Chair, Siemens, Vice-Chair, Allianz & Member of the Board of Trustee, World Economic Forum
Jim Hagemann Snabe is Vice Chairman of Allianz SE (D) and a member of the Board of Trustees at World Economic Forum. Jim has developed his career through 24 years of service in the IT industry. Throughout his career Jim has had leadership roles at SAP and IBM, leading global consulting, sales and product development organizations. He was appointed as an executive board member of SAP in 2008 responsible for Innovation and Product Development. In 2010 Jim Hagemann Snabe was appointed co-CEO alongside Bill McDermott. Together they successfully reinvented the software giant SAP from 2010 to 2014. Through his involvement with the World Economic Forum, Jim is actively engaged in efforts related to the Digital Transformation of business and society. Jim Hagemann Snabe has an M.Sc. (Economics and Business administration) from Aarhus University and is an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School, CBS.
Jim is also a co-author of the newly released book Dreams and Details.
Paul Polman – CEO, Unilever, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce, Chair, The B-Team & Vice-Chair, United Nations Global Compact
Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009. Under his leadership, Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact.
Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the B Team and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. Paul previously served as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Paul was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Paul served on the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on behalf of the private sector. Paul is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. He also served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon.
In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards and accolades including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015), the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award (2015) and the Singapore Government Public Service Star (2016). In 2016, he received France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of his efforts in galvanizing business action on sustainability and for his involvement during the historic 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. In 2018, Paul was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to business.
Annette Verschuren, O.C – CEO and Chair, NRStor Inc., Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Board Member, Air Canada, Board Member, Saputo Inc., Board Member, Canadian Natural Resources Limited & Chair, MaRS Discovery District
Annette Verschuren is Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage development company. Formerly she was president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, overseeing its growth from 19 to 179 stores (1996-2011) and entry into China, and president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada, the country’s largest chain of arts and crafts stores. Ms. Verschuren began her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation in Nova Scotia.
Ms. Verschuren holds corporate board positions with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo, and Canadian Natural Resources Limited, She is on the not for profit boards of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH), and Smart Prosperity and is Chair of the MaRS Discovery District Board. Annette Verschuren is Chancellor of Cape Breton University and an advisor to the university’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (VCSEE).
Annette Verschuren sits on the Canada US Women’s Business Council and the NAFTA Advisory Council. She co-chairs the Smart Prosperity Initiative, which is mapping out a course to a stronger, cleaner economy for Canada.
Annette Verschuren recently wrote a business book “Bet On Me, Leading and Succeeding in Business and in Life” published by Harper Collins in April 2016. She lives in Toronto with her husband but returns to her familial roots often.
Peter Damgaard Jensen – CEO, PKA & Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
After graduating in 1981 from The University of Aarhus as a Master of Political Science he joined the Association of County Councils in Denmark. In 1985 he moved to the Danish Nurses Organization in Denmark where he held various management positions and left the Danish Nurses Organization in 2001 to join PKA.
Peter is a board member for The Danish Insurance Association (where he has previously been chairman and vice chairman of the board) and is the vice chairman in Forca Ltd (a company in the pension fund and life insurance industry). Peter was a member of the Board in DEAS (Dan-Ejendomme) – Denmark’s biggest property management company – from 2001-2006 and was also a member of the advisory board of The Danish Climate Investment Fund for climate investments in emerging markets, and a member of the advisory board in Axcel Ltd (leading Danish private equity Company).
Peter has been Chair of IIGCC since January 2017 and an IIGCC Board Member since December 2013.
Claus Stig Pedersen – Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes & UN SDG Pioneer
Throughout his career, Claus Stig Pedersen has been driven by the vision of combining “good for the world” with “good for business”. Through his employment at Novozymes, a global sustainability leader, he lives that vision every day.
As Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA for Novozymes, Claus sets the company’s global strategic direction for its sustainability goals and engagements and ensures good relations with the company’s government, public and NGO stakeholders across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also helps the company’s customers and partners understand how to make their businesses more sustainable through the use of Novozymes’ products.
Claus has been professionally engaged in sustainability for more than 25 years. In 2016 he was named as one of ten Sustainable Development Goals Pioneers by the United Nations. He also helped pioneer the development of lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodologies and sustainability concepts for business.
Claus is currently Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and he represents Novozymes in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative. Claus serves on the boards of Global Compact Denmark, Worlds Best News, Chora Connection and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) foundation. Claus serves on the Sustainability Council for Ingersoll Rand and the Advisory Board for Sustainable Brands. He previously served on sustainability boards and councils for Walmart and Procter & Gamble.
Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group.
Claus holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Management and he is appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg.
Torben Möger Pedersen – CEO, PensionDanmark, Global Agenda Council on Investments, World Economic Forum, Advisory Board, OECD’s Centre on Green Finance and Investment & Advisory Board, UN Global Compact’s Financial Innovation Action Platform
Torben Möger Pedersen (b. 1955) is CEO of PensionDanmark – one of the largest pension funds in Denmark established in 1993. The fund manages defined contribution pension plans, health care plans and life-long training programs based on collective agreements covering more than 729,000 blue-collar workers employed in 25,800 companies within the private and public sector. Total assets under management are EUR 32 billion and growing rapidly. A substantially part of the portfolio is direct investments in renewable energy infrastructure assets and sustainable real estate. PensionDanmark has received a great number of Awards for its groundbreaking investment strategy.
Mr. Möger Pedersen holds a number of board and investment committee memberships including Arbejdernes Landsbank, Danish Insurance Association, Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund I, II, III and Artemis K/S, Danish Climate Investment Fund, Danish Agribusiness Fund, Danish SDG Investment Fund, SDG High Level Advisory Board, Danish Society for Education and Business (DSEB), Board Leadership Society in Denmark, Center for Pension Research (PeRCent) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and the University of Aalborg.
Mr. Möger Pedersen is a member of OECDs Working Group on Long-Term Investments, the Private Sector Advisory Group within the UN’s Green Climate Fund, the Global Agenda Council on Investments in World Economic Forum, the Steering Committee of World Economic Forum’s Retirement Investment System Reform Project, the Advisory Board in OECD’s Centre on Green Finance and Investment and the UN Global Compacts Financial Innovation Action Platform.
Torben Möger Pedersen holds a M.Sc. Economics from University of Copenhagen (1984) and has attended executive education at Insead Fontainebleau, Insead Singapore, Babson College and Wharton Business School.
Torben Möger Pedersen holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Copenhagen University and is adjunct professor at CBS.
Michael Treschow – Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee, Former Chair, Unilever, Former Chair, Ericsson & Former Chair, Electrolux
Mr. Treschow serves as board chairman of the Wallenberg Foundation Investment Committee and board member of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He was previously Chairman of The Unilever Group, Ericsson Inc., and was a Supervisory Board Member of ABB Ltd. He has been a Member of the European advisory board of Eli Lilly and Company and is a Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. Mr. Treschow has received many international awards including the Spanish order Insigna de Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil for strengthening the trade relations between Sweden and Spain, and the French order Grade de Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for strengthening the trade relations between Sweden and France. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Institute of Technology in Lund, Sweden.
Kevin Coon – Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto, Chair Policy Committee, Baker McKenzie International & Member of the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain
Kevin Coon acts as counsel, and as trusted and strategic adviser to government, corporate and not-for-profit organizations, on human resource, regulatory, compliance and risk management, with emphasis on international labour standards; corporate social responsibility; ethics; codes of conduct; due diligence; human rights; workplace investigations; occupational health and safety; collective bargaining; workplace harassment; positive employee relations; local and global labour relations; government relations. Mr. Coon is certified as a specialist in Labour Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been ranked as a leading management-side labour and employment lawyer in Canada by Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012 and recognized by Legal 500 2015 for labour and employment.
Erika Karp – Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Inc.
Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. The firm seeks to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers investment advisory and capital markets advisory services, underpinned by rigorous research.
Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products including the UBS Q-Series®, the Global I/O®, Global Signals™ and the weekly “UBS Global Portfolio Manager’s Spotlight”.
Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC,), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. Erika was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches Track initiative. She also sat on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability. Erika speaks at events including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
Erika presents and writes extensively on topics including sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street”.
Bjarne Graven Larsen – Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan & Former CIO, ATP
Mr. Graven Larsen served as the Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan from February 2016 to April 2018, where he led the global investment program for Ontario Teachers. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at Novo A/S, the Co-Chief Executive Officer of FIH Erhvervsbank A/S, and the Chief Investment Officer of ATP Group. Mr. Graven Larsen has more than 25 years of experience in the investment and finance industries and is an Asset Management and Actuarial Department professional. He holds an M.A. in Economics from Aarhus University in Denmark.
Andrew Steer – President and CEO, World Resources Institute, Global Trustee, World Economic Forum, and Member, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. WRI’s more than 500 experts work with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities.
Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 – 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London.
Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Energy Transitions Commission, the Champions 12.3 Coalition to reduce food loss and waste, the Sustainable Advisory Groups of both IKEA and the Bank of America, and he serves on the Executive Board of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy For All Initiative.
In earlier years, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environment Department. He also has directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia and served as Chief of the Country Risk Division and Director and Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development.
Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He has a PhD in economics.
Nancy Lockhart – Chair, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., Board Member, Loblaw Companies Limited, Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation, and Former Board Member, Barrick Gold
Nancy Lockhart is a director of Loblaw Companies Limited where she is a member of the Risk Committee and The Governance, Employee Development, Nominating and Compensation Committee. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of Gluskin Sheff + Associates, Inc., and a member of its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the board of directors of Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation. She is a former board member of Barrick Gold, Retirement Residence REIT and The Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Ms. Lockhart was the Chief Administrative Officer of Frum Development Group for 18 years and before that a Vice President of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation. Ms. Lockhart is a director of The Royal Conservatory of Music and Chair Emeritus of Crow’s Theatre Company. She has volunteered on many not for profit boards including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, The Canada Merit Scholarship Foundation and is a former Chair of the Ontario Science Centre, former President of the Canadian Club of Toronto and a former Chair of the Canadian Film Centre. Ms. Lockhart has been awarded the Order of Ontario and The Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Richard Howitt – CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
Richard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of integrated reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.
Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting integrated reporting as well as with advocates of integrated reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. He is also a member of the EU’s multistakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora.
Richard has been involved in the evolution of integrated reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009. He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016.
Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.
Peter Dey – Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc. and the “godfather of Canadian governance”
Mr. Peter James Dey has been Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc., an investment dealer, since November 2005. He has been a Director of Gran Tierra Energy Inc. since May 2015. From June 2006 to April 2017, Mr. Dey served as a Director of Goldcorp Inc. He was also a Director of Caracal Energy Inc. from March 2013 to July 2014, a Director of Enablence Technologies Inc. from October 2011 to October 2013, and a Director of Coventree Inc. from April 2008 to February 2012. Mr. Dey was a Partner of the law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he specialized in corporate board issues and mergers and acquisitions, from 2001 to 2005, and prior to that from 1985 to 1994 and from 1973 to 1983.
From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Dey was Chairman of Morgan Stanley Canada Limited, where he helped develop the Canadian investment banking business and the overall strategic direction of Morgan Stanley in Canada. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Dey chaired The Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance in Canada that released the December 1994 report entitled “Where Were the Directors?”, known as the Dey Report.
Mr. Dey has also served as Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission and was Canada’s representative to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Task Force that developed the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance released in May of 1999. Mr. Dey is also a Director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Mr. Dey attended Queen’s University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1963 and Dalhousie University, where he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1966. He received his Master of Laws degree from Harvard University in 1967.
Paul Druckman – Former CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
As Chairman of CLEAR Insurance Management since 2005, Paul brings CLEAR a wealth of management and entrepreneurial experience. Paul’s career has included being a successful software entrepreneur, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Chair of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board. More recently he helped create & led the International Integrated Reporting Council as CEO for five years. He has a variety of roles currently from being a Board member and chairing the Corporate Reporting Council of the UK FRC (the independent regulator of the United Kingdom responsible for promoting transparency and integrity in business), to being on the Board of Trustees of the USA-based Shift Project leading business in the practice of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights.
David Pitt-Watson – Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management
David Pitt-Watson is best known for his work on corporate governance and responsible investment. Until 2012, he was Chair of Hermes Focus Funds, and a board member of Hermes, one of Britain’s leading investment institutions. As co-founder and former CEO of the Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service, he built and led the largest responsible investment group of any institutional fund manager in the world. These ventures were highly successful financially and became the seedbed for strategic change, improved corporate governance, and responsible investment practice in Britain.
Prior to Hermes, David worked for 17 years at Deloitte/Braxton, where he led its UK strategy consulting practice. Braxton was one of the pioneering strategy consultancies, which was purchased by Deloitte in 1984. He became Deloitte’s youngest consulting partner. In this role he acted as advisor to boards in the UK and around the world, including a number of groundbreaking assignments.
He has been involved in policy making in the UK, Europe and around the world, particularly in the field of corporate governance and financial market regulation. He established the RSA’s “Tomorrow’s Investor” programme. He was co-Chair of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, in the run-up to the Paris climate talks, and a director of the International Corporate Governance Network, the global organisation of corporate governance investment professionals.
David is an Independent Non-Executive at KPMG, and an Executive Fellow at the Judge Business School, at Cambridge University.
Paul Dickinson – Founder and Executive Chair, CDP
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Paul previously co-founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Design and EyeNetwork, which was the largest videoconference booking service in Europe.
He has served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications including the book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall. The book introduced the concept of sustainability product marketing which is growing in significance as a force in contemporary commerce.
Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland where he has established a program of seminars and retreats now used by the responsible investment community as well as emerging social businesses. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant-making Friends Provident Foundation.
Jessica Fries – Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)
Ms. Fries has overall leadership responsibility for A4S.
She sits on the board of the Natural Capital Coalition and was also responsible in establishing and running the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).
Previously, Jessica has held a number of roles at PwC, most recently leading global activities around integrated reporting. She has worked with a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organisations to help them integrate sustainability into core business processes and activities. She has extensive experience developing capability frameworks and designing training courses on a range of topics.
Jessica is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Robert H. Herz – Director, Morgan Stanley, Fannie Mae, Workiva Inc., SASB and Paxos and Former Chairman, FASB
Mr. Herz has served as a director of Workiva Inc. since its initial public offering. In October 2014, Mr. Herz was elected to the board of directors of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). From 2011 to 2014, he served as a member of our advisory board. Since 2010, Mr. Herz has served as President of Robert H. Herz LLC, which has provided consulting services to us since 2012. Mr. Herz spent the majority of his career until 2002 as an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessor companies. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Herz was the Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) since 2011 and of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) since 2012.
Mr. Herz is also an executive-in-residence at the Columbia University Business School and a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Kessler Foundation. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Manchester, England and is also a certified public accountant and a U.K. Chartered Accountant.
Thomas Thune Andersen – Chair, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and Ørsted A/S, Vice-Chair, VKR Holding A/S, and Board Member, BW Offshore Limited and IMI plc
With almost 40 years in the maritime and energy sectors, Thomas is Chairman at Ørsted as well as Lloyd’s Register Group and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. He is also Vice Chairman at VKR Holding and Non-Executive Director at BW Offshore, IMI as well as ARCONSunmark. His previous positions include Chairman of DeepOcean Group Holding; Non-Executive Director of SSE and Petrofac; member of the Executive Management board at A. P. Moller-Maersk Group; president and CEO of Maersk Inc.; managing director of Maersk Company in the UK; EVP of A.P. Moller-Maersk and CEO of Maersk Oil. He is also Vice Chairman at the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark and a freeman of the City of London.