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Allen White

Allen White

Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Co-Founder and Former CEO, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Dr. Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative and served as it first Chief Executive until 2002.  Dr. White also co-founded and directed Corporation 20/20 (www.corporation2020.org ) an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission. He is  Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (www.ratesustainability.org)  and serves as Co-Editor of the Great Transition Journal (www.greattransition.org ).

Dr. White has served on boards, advisory groups and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the JFK School, Harvard University.  He also served as Senior Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility from 2005-2009 and was principal architect of CERES’ first standardized environmental reporting framework. For expertise in sustainability strategy, policy, and standards, he has been engaged by, among others: Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the UN Foundation, US EPA and Oxfam.

Dr. White is co-author of Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy and has published and spoken widely on corporate purpose, design, governance and accountability.  He has held faculty and research positions at University of Connecticut, Tufts University and Clark University and has guest lectured at the Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston College School of Management, Duesto University and other institutions of higher education. Dr. White is 2018 Progress Medal Laureate of the Society for Progress, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua.

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