Paul joins us at an important stage as we develop transformative benchmarks to comprehensively assess the progress of 2,000 key companies needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accelerate corporate sustainability beyond 2030.
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, commenting on the appointment said: “Paul shares the mission of WBA to create a movement that incentivizes business to deliver on SDGs, creating a positive impact on society. The rigor he has shown both as a CEO and in various governance roles will be invaluable to WBA as we aim to scale our work in the year to come. His deep knowledge of the wider corporate reporting ecosystem will be critical to the WBA as we all ask companies to step up and demonstrate their delivery on key areas like human rights, climate action, gender equality, digital inclusion and sustainable food systems. I am delighted to welcome Paul to our Board.”
“I have been following WBA since well before it was formally created – as an idea whose time has come. I could not resist helping to make it happen in whatever capacity and am honoured to be chosen as its new Chairman. The benchmarks we are advocating and creating at WBA will be game changing in achieving the goals that capital markets, economies and societies now require – how exciting is that!”
Wim Leereveld, our acting chair, said: “It has been an inspiration to help building WBA as founding chair through its inception phase. I now look forward to working with Paul Druckman and I believe his deep leadership experience will help WBA grow in its important next phase.’’ Gerbrand Haverkamp extended his thanks to Wim Leereveld: “Wim has been a personal source of inspiration and motivation. We are proud that WBA is building on his pioneering work that started a decade ago with the creation of the Access to Medicine Index that still serves as an example to many.”
On the Board, Paul joins Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy CEO of the UN Foundation; Josien Piek, Head of EMEA of GRESB and Kirstine Cooper, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva.
Aviva is one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, its history tracing back more than 300 years. It has operations in 16 markets around the world, but through its investment portfolio, Aviva’s reach extends to a broader and larger group of consumers. The company is a LEAD member of the Global Compact; a founding member of both the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative. It is also a frontrunner in responsible investments, using its influence to support more sustainable business and ultimately a more sustainable economy and society. Aviva is an active contributor and user of different corporate sustainability benchmarks, including a founding member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Aviva’s CEO Mark Wilson is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and is personally committed to driving forward the sustainable development agenda and the creation of the WBA.
The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report Better Business, Better World, launched in January 2017, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the SDGs, and shows how to achieve them. The report includes the creation of SDGs benchmarks as one of the key recommendations. The Business Commission aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable and inclusive economy, if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how business can contribute to delivering these goals. Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the Commission include 37 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations from around the world.p>
Index Initiative is a centre of expertise in benchmarking corporate performance against stakeholder expectations. It seeks to propel the use of benchmarks to engage and bring purpose and clarity on the role of companies in contributing to the SDGs closest to their core business. A non-profit based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Index Initiative’s research and benchmarks are free and accessible to all. Index Initiative will conduct the global consultation on the World Benchmarking Alliance.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.