The Global 100 Council of Experts was created by Corporate Knights to provide external review and commentary on the Global 100 methodology. The Council of Experts were carefully selected to reflect a diverse range of perspectives and constituencies, and include, among them, many of the pioneers who have been at the forefront of mainstreaming sustainability in the financial markets. All Global 100 Council of Experts are acting in a personal capacity and not as organisational representatives.
|Jorge Abrahao||Chairman, Ethos|
|Jane Ambachtsheer||Global Head Responsible Investment, Mercer Investment Consulting|
|Mark Anielski||President and CEO, Anielski Management Inc.|
|Paul Clements-Hunt||Founder, The Blended Capital Group|
|Aron Cramer||Chief Executive, Business for Social Responsibility|
|Andrew Crane||George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, York University|
|Paul Dickinson||Chief Executive, Carbon Disclosure Project|
|Michael Dieschbourg||Senior Managing Director, Broadmark Asset Management, LLC|
|Gordon Hagart||Head of ESG Risk Management, Future Fund|
|Dr. Tessa Hebb||Director Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Senior Research Associate, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK|
|Dr. Axel Hesse||Senior Consultant, SD-M Sustainable Development Management|
|Ernst Ligteringen||Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative|
|Jim MacNeill||Director of Environment at OECD in Paris (1978-1984), Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission)|
|Dirk Matten||Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business, York University|
|Robert A.G. Monks||Founder, Lens Governance Advisors|
|Kevin Ranney||Global Director, Responsible Investment Service, Jantzi-Sustainalytics|
|Donald F. Reed||CFA, CIC, Co-founder of the International Society of Financial Analysts, President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp|
|Karl-Henrik Robert||Founder, Natural Step|
|Nick Robins||Head of Climate Change Centre, HSBC Bank PLC UK|
|Raj Thamotheram||Director, Responsible Investment (RI), Enhanced AXA Investment Managers|
|David Thompson||Director of Municipal Projects, Sustainable Prosperity|
|Olaf Weber||Chair, Environmental Finance at the University of Waterloo|
|Simon Zadek||Senior Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University|
Jorge Abrahao, Chairman, Ethos
Engineer; Entrepreneur, Director President of Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility. Board Member of Sociotec Engineer; member of World Social Forum’s International Council and the Network Nossa São Paulo. Former member of the Presidential Board of Food and Nutritional Safety (Consea) and former General Coordinator of Fórum Empresarial de Apoio ao Município (Business Forum for City Support). Also former Coordinator of PNBE – National Thought of Entrepreneurial Basis; former member of the National Coordination of the Brazilian Association of Entrepreneurs for Citizenship (Cives).
Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head Responsible Investment, Mercer Investment Consulting
Jane is a principal and global head of SRI. She consults to clients in Europe, Australasia and North America. Jane also undertakes related research into investment managers. She speaks regularly on the topic, and sits on the board of the Canadian Social Investment Organization.
Mark Anielski, President and CEO, Anielski Management Inc.
Mark Anielski is President and CEO of Anielski Management Inc (AMI) located in Edmonton, Alberta.
As an economist he works with communities, businesses and governments to help them assess, measure and manage their genuine wealth — the things that matter most to their well-being, quality of life and sustainability. He believes that what we measure reveals our true values.He is schooled in economics, accounting and forestry and hold a M.Sc. in forest economics, a B.A. in economics and B.Sc.F in forest science, all from the University of Alberta.In addition to his consulting practise, he teaches Sustainable Economics at the new Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Washington) — the first sustainability MBA program in US in sustainable business enterprise whose goal is to “integrate the wisdom of sustainability, ethics, and social responsibility into business practice via management education and research, business sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility”.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, School of Business and teach a course in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.
Paul Clements-Hunt, Founder, The Blended Capital Group
Paul has been the Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) since November 2000. UNEP FI, based in Geneva, is the largest partnership between the United Nations and the financial services sector counting more than 180 banks, insurers and asset managers as members. UNEP FI was instrumental in the 2004-2006 development and launch of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) now backed by 340 institutional investors representing $18,000bn in assets. Clements-Hunt has been on the Board of the UNPRI since inception.
Aron Cramer, Chief Executive, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Aron is recognized globally as an authority on corporate responsibility by leaders in business and NGOs and by his peers in the field. He advises senior leaders at BSR’s 250 member companies and other global businesses, and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of media outlets. Under his leadership, BSR has doubled its staff and significantly expanded its global presence. Aron is co-author of the forthcoming book Sustainable Excellence, to be published in the fall of 2010, which will explore current and future evolutions in corporate responsibility, charting its development into a core element of business strategy and activities.
Aron joined BSR in 1995 as the founding director of its Business and Human Rights Program, and in 2002, he opened BSR’s Paris office, where he worked until becoming President and CEO in 2004.
Previously, Aron practiced law in San Francisco and worked as a journalist at ABC News in New York.
Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, York University
Andrew Crane’s research explores new ways of thinking about the social, ethical and environmental dimensions of business. He is particularly known for his work on the changing role of the corporation in the global economy, where he has been influential in developing a new view of corporate citizenship that addresses the political roles and responsibilities of business. He has also focused on how ideas of ethics and social responsibility are communicated and made meaningful by corporations, consumers and other stakeholders through talk and text. Finally, his work has also addressed specific application areas of corporate responsibility, such as competitive intelligence, marketing, nonprofit partnerships, and responsibilities to children.
Paul founded CDP in 2000 having previously founded and developed Rufus Leonard Corporate Communications and, more recently, EyeNetwork, the largest videoconference service in Europe. He is member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries and author of various publications including Beautiful Corporations.
Michael Dieschbourg, Senior Managing Director, Broadmark Asset Management, LLC
Mr. Dieschbourg joined Broadmark in April 2011. He began his career in 1983, spent 18 years in institutional consulting and 10 years in investment management, including global equity and hedge fund of funds. He is the former CEO and Global Head of ESG for Global Currents Investment Management, a global equity firm owned by Legg Mason. He is part of the team that developed the CIMA program sponsored by IMCA. Mr. Dieschbourg currently serves on the IMCA board and has served on the boards of many industry and volunteer organizations, including the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Phoenix-LJH Advisory Hedge 40 Act Fund, Chester County Boy Scouts and the Delaware Governors Task Force for Financial Independence. He has published several articles, is a noted speaker on investment industry topics and has taught investment classes at the University of New Orleans. He has been a guest lecturer on Investment Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Dieschbourg earned a BBA from Loyola University of Chicago.
Gordon Hagart, Head of ESG Risk Management, Future Fund
Prior to joining the Future Fund, Gordon was Senior Consultant at onValues Investment Strategies & Research in Zurich. Previously he was a Programme Manager with the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. Gordon began his career as an investment banking analyst with Greenhill & Co. in London. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geophysics from the University of Cambridge.
Tessa is the Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University, Canada. Her research focuses on the financial and extra-financial impact of pension fund investment in Canada and internationally with particular emphasis on Responsible Investment and Corporate Engagement and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada. The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation is a leading knowledge producer on social finance tools and instruments. Tessa is also a senior research associate with the Oxford University Centre for the Environment and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. In 2008 she completed a multi-year research project revitalization funded by Rockefeller and Ford Foundations on the role of U.S. public sector pension funds and urban revitalization, based at the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School.
Dr. Axel Hesse, Senior Consultant, SD-M Sustainable Development Management
SD-M consults institutional investors, companies and politics regarding performance-enhancing management of global core challenges for Sustainable Development (SD).
Ernst is the Chief Executive of GRI. He has held this position since 2002, when GRI was established as an independent organization with an international Secretariat in Amsterdam. Ernst holds overall responsibility for GRI, including secretariat operations and the coordination of the worldwide GRI network of active stakeholders who participate in the GRI’s governance, working groups, reviews, and consultation processes. Ernst is a member of GRI’s multi-stakeholder Board of Directors, which has charged the GRI with the mission of making sustainability reporting as relevant and mainstream as financial reporting.
Before joining GRI, Ernst had a 23-year career in various non-governmental and international organizations, including postings and missions in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Europe. His posts included: Executive Director of Oxfam International; Director of Programme Coordination of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; and Consultant to the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization at the International Labour Organization.
Jim is a Canadian consultant, environmentalist, and international public servant.
He was Director of Environment at OECD in Paris (1978-1984), Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) and lead author of its landmark report Our Common Future (1984-1987), and member and Chairman of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel (1997-2002).
He is currently a member of the Caspian Development Advisory Panel, the jury of the Volvo Foundation’s Environment Prize, and a member of several boards including the Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility and Professor of Strategy, Schulich School of Business, York University.
Dirk Matten is Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility and Professor of Strategy at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto. His doctoral degree and his Habilitation are from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany. He is interested in CSR, business ethics and international management. Dirk has taught and done research at academic institutions in Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and the US. He has published nine books and some eighty refereed articles and book chapters, including papers in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Relations and Business Ethics Quarterly. Recently, he co-edited the Oxford Handbook of CSR (Oxford University Press 2008) and co-authored Corporations and Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2008). He is on the board of the journals Business and Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business Research, Business Strategy and the Environment, Organization and Environment, and Revue de l’Organisation Responsable. Previously, he had a Chair in Business Ethics and was Director of the Centre for Research into Sustainability at the University of London/UK (Royal Holloway).
Bob is the founder of Lens Governance Advisors, a law firm that advises on corporate governance in the settlement of shareholder litigation. His principal occupation is the development of ideas harmonizing corporate energies with the long-term interests of global society.
He was the founder or co-founder of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc, The Corporate Library, the LENS Fund, and Governance for Owners.
Kevin brings more than 12 years of experience in the field of ESG research to his role as head of responsible investment services for Jantzi-Sustainalytics. He has played a key role in the development of the firm’s research and rating methodology and has more than 10 years’ experience working with clients to incorporate ESG considerations into their investment strategies and processes. Kevin holds degrees from the University of Waterloo, the University of Toronto, and the University of Notre Dame. He is a former director of the board of Canada’s Social Investment Organization (SIO) and a current member of the SIO’s Policy and Advocacy Committee. He also sits on the board of Oikocredit Canada, a not-for-profit organization involved in micro-finance in developing countries.
Don is president and chief executive officer of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp., as well as chief executive officer of Templeton Investment Counsel, LLC, is responsible for managing international global portfolios and currently manages institutional accounts in addition to a retail mutual fund for Templeton. Mr. Reed is also president, chief executive officer, and a director of Templeton Growth Fund, Ltd. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of Franklin Resources, Inc.
Prior to joining Templeton in 1989, Don was president and director of Reed Monahan Nicolishen Investment Counsel, a pension fund investment management company based in Toronto. He was President of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts in 1983. In 1985, Don was elected a director of the Financial Analysts Federation and has served on the executive committee of that organization. He was also a co-founder of the International Society of Financial Analysts. In 2000, Don was the recipient of the Thomas L. Hansberger Award for Leadership in Global Investing. He is currently a director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and he also serves on the Board of Governors for Acadia University.
Karl-Henrik, MD, PhD is one of Sweden’s foremost cancer scientists and the founder of The Natural Step. He is a frequent speaker and author on sustainability and provides ongoing guidance and direction for the organisation. In recent years, Karl-Henrik has stepped back from the day to day operations of The Natural Step and returned in earnest to his passion of scientific research through the Real Change programme, an international initiative linking university research specialisations with real world application using The Natural Step Framework.
In 1999, Karl-Henrik won the Green Cross Award for International Leadership, and in 2000 he won the Blue Planet Prize, the ‘Nobel prize’ for ecological sustainability, sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation. In 2005, he was awarded The Social Responsibility Laureate Medal by the Global Center for Leadership Business Ethics, and in 2006, Karl-Henrik was included in the publication 100 Visionaries of the 20th Century.
Karl-Henrik holds a PhD in medicine from Karolinska Institute and has served on the faculties of many of Sweden’s most prestigious hospitals and universities, including Huddinge University Hospital, the Chalmers Institute of Technology, and Blekinge Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of World Business Academy, Advisory Board Member at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and Doctor of Public Service – Honorus Causa at the University of Portland, USA.
Nick joined HSBC in late 2007 to launch and direct its newly-established Climate Change Centre of Excellence, whose aim is to analyse and communicate the long-term commercial consequences of climate change for the HSBC Group and its clients. The strapline they use for work in this area is “Financing Change, Changing Finance,” which they believe neatly captures the dual role of financial market participants in the face of climatic disruption and wider sustainability threats: first, to direct finance towards assets that sustain and enhance financial as well as human, social and natural capital; and second, to engage in the reshaping of capital markets themselves so that they reward sustainable choices.
Nick Robins has worked on the policy, business and financial aspects of sustainability since the late 1980s, with time spent at the Economist Intelligence Unit, the European Commission’s Environmental Directorate, the Business Council for Sustainable Development, the International Institute for Environment and Development, and Henderson Global Investors, where he was head of SRI funds prior to joining HSBC.
Raj joined AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) in June 2006 as Director, Responsible Investment (RI) and led the development of the “RI Inside” strategy, building the new RI team, overseeing the development of new funds (including the AWF Human Capital Fund) and design of the RI-Search research tool.
Prior to joining AXA IM, Raj was the senior advisor for RI at the Universities Superannuation Scheme, the second largest UK pension fund for nearly six years (2000 – 2006). In this role, he played a lead role in the launch and early functioning of the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change, the Marathon Club, Pharma Futures, and the Enhanced Analytics Initiative. He was also involved in the design and launch of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. He has been nominated twice by Global Proxy Watch as one of the 10 most influential figures in the corporate governance field (2004 & 2008), most recently for his role in the launch of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.
David Thompson, Director of Municipal Projects, Sustainable Prosperity
David Thompson is Director of Municipal Projects for Sustainable Prosperity. He also operates an independent consultancy focusing on environmental policy and organizational development. His clients include government, universities, businesses, First Nations, labour organizations and non-profits. A former lawyer in government and the non-profit sector, he has held management and board positions in several organizations. David holds Masters degrees in Law (Kings College, University of London) and Environmental Economics (University College, University of London).
From January 2010 Olaf Weber will hold the EDC Chair in Environmental Finance at the University of Waterloo. Olaf was previously a management partner at GOE, consultants for risk and decision making in Zurich, Switzerland. From 1993 until 2005 he was researcher and head of the sustainable banking group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. His main research activities are environmental and sustainability risk management in banking and the relation between sustainability and financial performance of firms.
Simon Zadek, Senior Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Simon Zadek was until December 2009 a Managing Partner and Director of the non-profit organization AccountAbility. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Government and Business of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa’s Centre for Corporate Citizenship. Mr. Zadek sits on the International Advisory Board of Instituto Ethos, on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and is a Commissioner on the Clinton-Dahlerg Initiative on public sector effectiveness in leveraging private enterprise for development. He also co-Chairs the British Standard Institute’s Technical Committee responsible for developing its Sustainability Standard. In 2003 he was named one the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow.
Simon’s previous roles include Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Development Director of the New Economics Foundation, and founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. He has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Councils, including the State of the World’s Commission for Globalisation, the ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalisation, the UN Commission for Social Development Expert Group on CSR, and the founding Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative.