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UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study Participants

One-to-one interviews with CEOs of leading innovators

Interview Participants

We would like to thank the following CEOs, chairpersons and presidents for their insights in shaping this year's study. While the views expressed do not necessarily represent the totality of opinions received from all contributors, their participation and guidance have been critical.


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Dr. Adesola Adeduntan

Dr. Adesola Adeduntan

Managing Director/CEO
First Bank of Nigeria Ltd and Subsidiaries

“Progress and innovation will be driven by the need to foster long-term sustainable practices, heavily influenced by the digital age.”

Jean-Paul Agon

Jean-Paul Agon

Chairman and CEO
L’ORÉAL

“Sustainability is transforming our company – our strategy for innovation, product development, communication and growth.”

Dr. Frank Appel

Dr. Frank Appel

CEO
DPDHL Group

“Our approach to sustainability has changed due to increased customer demand and through identification of our material sustainability impacts.”

Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

Chairman and CEO
Ecolab Inc.

“The world is going to react to what we actually do to it, not to what our intentions are.”

José Édison Barros Franco

José Édison Barros Franco

Board of Directors’ President
InterCement

“We are committed to creating business value through addressing economic, environmental and social challenges.”

Eelco Blok

Eelco Blok

Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO
Royal KPN N.V.

“If you don’t take sustainability seriously, your business will be hurt in the long term.”

Hu Bo

Hu Bo

Chairman
Ciming Checkup Group

“Changing customers, digital solutions and data sharing are revolutionizing our contribution to sustainability.”

Kurt Bock

Kurt Bock

Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors
BASF SE

“It is necessary to make it clear how your company is living its purpose, otherwise people become cynical and say that companies are just paying lip service.”

Bisi Bright

Bisi Bright

1st Vice Chairman and CEO
LiveWell Initiative LWI Nigeria

“We are working closely to pursue the SDGs and align our initiatives and objectives with the goals.”

Paul Bulcke

Paul Bulcke

CEO
Nestlé S.A.

“We are looking to governments to show leadership, commit to ambitious targets with concrete actions, shift to renewable energy, support effective land use and stop deforestation, and to take measures that will lead to a meaningful price on carbon.”

Carmen Castillo

Carmen Castillo

President and CEO
SDI International Corp.

“Today, the market is recognizing that every business is responsible for thoughtful and ethical sustainability practices.”

AQI Chowdhury

AQI Chowdhury

OBE, CEO
Finlay International Limited

“Business would scale sustainable investments if they had access to funds with a lower interest rate.”

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu

Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO
Solvay

“We are divesting from energy intensive businesses and investing in new technologies - a major shift in our portfolio and a strategic change for the company.”

Mandy Dagry

Mandy Dagry

CEO
BATIDECOR

"I want to be a role model for the younger generation, to demonstrate it is possible to create and grow a company while preserving one's own values.”

Johan Dennelind

Johan Dennelind

President and CEO
Telia Company

“Other industries have become our industries, which has broadened our approach to global challenges.”

Kenneth C. Frazier

Julie-May Ellingson

CEO
Cape Town International Convention Centre

“Technology is playing a major role in raising sustainability issues and building awareness.”

Kenneth C. Frazier

Kenneth C. Frazier

Chairman, President and CEO
Merck & Co., Inc.

“The best people come to create and deliver new medicines and vaccines only if they know that we are committed to being a sustainable company that helps improve the world.”

Adriana Giudice

Adriana Giudice

CEO
Austral Group S.A.A

“The SDGs give insight into how we are doing in relation to each – they are relevant, current, and important for us.”

Fernando A. Gonzalez

Fernando A. Gonzalez

CEO
CEMEX

“The meaning of sustainability has changed dramatically: what was normal a few years ago is now completely unacceptable for everybody.”

Ralph Hamers

Ralph Hamers

CEO
ING Group

“Digitization creates a huge opportunity for banks to simplify and increase transparency – trust is low and it’s not easy to get it back.”

Claus V. Hemmingsen

Claus V. Hemmingsen

CEO
Maersk Drilling
Member of the Executive Board
Maersk Group

“We have to be at the forefront of change if we want to stay in business.”

Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger

Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger

CEO
thyssenkrupp AG

“Sustainability provides a compass that can help business navigate the rapidly changing world.”

Toshiaki Higashihara

Toshiaki Higashihara

President and CEO
Hitachi, Ltd.

“Long-term investors look beyond short-term profit and support investments with a 5-10 year horizon that create social value.”

Svein Tore Holsether

Svein Tore Holsether

President and CEO
Yara International ASA

“The SDGs give us a unique opportunity to see the bigger picture.”

Timotheus Höttges

Timotheus Höttges

CEO
Deutsche Telekom AG

“We see numerous opportunities in creating new digital solutions that address societal challenges.”

Roxana Jaffer

Roxana Jaffer

CEO Sovereign Hotels
Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha

“I am passionate about sustainability and making an impact on our society – I drive it personally.”

Rana
Kapoor

Rana Kapoor

Founder and CEO
YES BANK

“Since inception, we have played a leadership role in green financing in the Indian banking sector, and going forward, we see a shift towards energy efficiency and off-grid renewable energy solutions.”

Grant Kelley

Grant Kelley

CEO
City Developments Limited

“It is a myth that you should measure everything ruthlessly – sometimes just let people create.”

Makoto Kimura

Makoto Kimura

Chairman of the Board
Representative Director
Nikon Corporation

“The SDGs provide a benchmark for how companies should behave in society through their businesses.”

Eizo Kobayashi

Eizo Kobayashi

Chairman
ITOCHU Corporation

“We can help solve social issues that are crucial for sustainable development through our business activities.”

Eisuke Kumano

Eisuke Kumano

Chairman, President and CEO
AMITA HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

“We are shifting from a linear economy into a circular economy. This concept should be more widely accepted and understood.”

Waldemir Ival Loto

Waldemir Ival Loto

CEO
AMAGGI

“The SDGs are a powerful business management tool.”

Kawthar Makahlah

Kawthar Makahlah

Founder and CEO
Beauty Connection Spa and Be Connected International

“Our workforce consists of 97% women – our purpose is to empower women.”

Ian
Moir

Ian Moir

CEO
Woolworths Holdings Limited Group

“Our customers are aware of how we are managing our social and environmental impact – and this is our competitive advantage.”

Tsuyoshi Nagano

Tsuyoshi Nagano

President and Group CEO
Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

"Whenever I speak to my employees about our mission, I always emphasize we must "look beyond profit”.”

Takuya Nakata

Takuya Nakata

President and Representative Director
YAMAHA Corporation

“We believe our core business contributes to the development of culture – playing music makes people happy mentally and physically.”

Ian
Narev

Ian Narev

Managing Director and CEO
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

“Transparency is a theme we must embrace.”

Peder Holk Nielsen

Peder Holk Nielsen

President and CEO
Novozymes

“There is still money being made from unsustainable behavior, and efforts must be stronger on the ground.”

Paul O 'Sullivan

Paul O'Sullivan

Chairman
Optus

“Employees and customers increasingly expect business to be a force for good, to marry its business needs and activities to community benefits. And as a business, we also benefit from a stable and economically productive society.”

Tetsu
Ozaki

Tetsu Ozaki

Group COO
Nomura Holdings, Inc.

“Our ESG and Social Responsibility investments have not become major products yet in Japan, but it is important that we continue to promote them because investors are interested.”

Gimena Peña Malcampo

Gimena Peña Malcampo

CEO
Pier2 Marketing

“The sustainability agenda is now seen as a serious business trend and as a window for innovation.”

Stephen D. Phiri

Stephen D. Phiri

CEO
Royal Bafokeng Platinum

“Understanding investor priorities is vital as they monitor our performance on sustainability as material to our financial success over time.”

Paul
Polman

Paul Polman

CEO
Unilever

“We need to act now. The tone and focus has changed – now it’s all about action, delivery and real impact.”

Supattanapong Punmeechaow

Supattanapong Punmeechaow

President and CEO
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited

“Collaboration will be essential to meeting global goals – we must act together and march toward a sustainable low-carbon society.”

Giuseppe Recchi

Giuseppe Recchi

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Telecom Italia Group

“Our ambition is to create an inclusive and sustainable economy.”

Guler Sabanci

Guler Sabanci

Chairman
Sabanci Holding

“The sustainable transformation of industry and energy to a low carbon system will provide unique opportunities for business.”

Eldar Sætre

Eldar Sætre

President and CEO
Statoil ASA

“Any company with a claim to the future has to deliver on ambitious sustainability commitments.”

Francesco Starace

Francesco Starace

CEO and General Manager
Enel SpA

“The Paris Agreement was a turning point for the industry: the direction is set and investments in carbon are a risk.”

Tong Hai Tan

Tong Hai Tan

CEO
StarHub

“We play our part to make this a more sustainable world for all – we introduced the most extensive electronic waste recycling programme in Singapore.”

Michael Tsamaz

Michael Tsamaz

Chairman and CEO
OTE Group

“Advances in ICT can make a substantial contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.”

Yoshiharu Ueki

Yoshiharu Ueki

Representative Director, President
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

“Safety supports our business foundation and responsibility to society.”

Robert Venter

Robert Venter

Chief Executive
Altron – Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

“New operating and delivery models are rapidly changing business as usual.”

Hans Vestberg

Hans Vestberg

President and CEO
Ericsson

“The biggest challenge to scaling new societal solutions is short-sighted governments.”

Yupu Wang

Yupu Wang

Chairmen
Sinopec Corp.

“We aim to lead business in China to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Axel A. Weber

Axel A. Weber

Chairman of the Board of Directors
UBS Group AG

“We need to be the innovators – and actively discuss our ideas with key bodies such as the UN and the central banks to show where we can engage with society and make a real difference.”

Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu

Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu

Chairperson and CEO
Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

“Sustainability should be achieved through core business activities.”

Shoei Yamana

Shoei Yamana

President, CEO and Representative Executive Officer
Konica Minolta, Inc.

“Our approach is to be circular and open about our activities and impact – we disclose information to our suppliers and help them improve.”

Tatsuo Yasunaga

Tatsuo Yasunaga

President and CEO
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

“We are committed to working together with our stakeholders and creating value for sustainable societies through our business activities.”

Federico Gómez Sánchez

Director of Sustainability
Banco Santander

Jean Bennington Sweeney

Chief Sustainability Officer
3M

Anik Michaud

Group Director, Corporate Relations
Anglo American

Richard Morgan

Head of Government Relations
Anglo American

Jon Samuel

Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement
Anglo American

Niall Dunne

Chief Sustainability Officer
BT Group

Dr. Wolfram Heger

Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility
Daimler AG

Emmanuelle Wargon

VP Corporate Affairs
Danone

JC Laugee

VP Nature & Cycles Sustainability
Danone

Dr. Meike Niedbal

Head of Sustainability Management and Foresight
Deutsche Bahn AG

Prof. Dr. Christof Ehrhart

Executive Vice President
Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility
Deutsche Post DHL Group

Jakob Askou Boss

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Communication
DONG Energy

John Edelman

Managing Director of Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility
Edelman

Luigi Sampaolo

Vice President Projects and Sustainability Strategic Relations
Eni S.p.A.

Denise Hills

Sustainability Superintendent
Itaú Unibanco

Geoff Dutaillis

Group Head of Sustainability
Lendlease

Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., MPH

Executive Vice President
Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health
Merck & Co., Inc.

Susan Hauser

Corporate Vice President
Business and Corporate Responsibility
Corporate, External and Legal Affairs
Microsoft

Debbie Read

Head of Corporate Responsibility
Molson Coors Brewing Company

Jürgen Brokatzky-Geiger

Global Head of Corporate Responsibility
Novartis International

Susanne Stormer

Vice President
Chief Sustainability Officer
Novo Nordisk

Giacomo Cosimo Befo

Sustainability & Reporting
Telecom Italia

Elena Valderrábano Vázquez

Global Director for Corporate Ethic and Sustainability
Telefónica

Jerome Schmitt

Senior Vice President Sustainable Development & Environment
TOTAL

Alexandra Kumlin

Deputy Vice President International Public Affairs
TOTAL

Steven Stoffer

Group Vice President Development
Smurfit Kappa Group

Andreas Regnell

Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Development
Vattenfall

Justin Smith

Head of Sustainability
Woolworths Holdings Limited Group

Namita Vikas

Group President and Country Head
Responsible Banking, YES BANK

Pieter van der Walt

Altron – Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

Shenanda Janse van Rensburg

Altron – Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

Daniel Escobar

AMAGGI

Juliana de Lavor Lopes

AMAGGI

Fuko Suwa

AMITA HOLDINGS

Emma Rojas

Austral Group S.A.A.

Ursula Orellana

Austral Group S.A.A.

Sven Crone

BASF SE

Kerstin Hunke

BASF SE

Thorsten Pinkepank

BASF SE

Aubrey Dinio

Be Connected International

Verushka Adriaanse

Cape Town International Convention Centre

José Carrillo Valdés

CEMEX

Jiang Hanwen

Ciming Checkup Group

Esther An

City Developments Limited

Wei Xuan Yeh

City Developments Limited

Carmen Leung

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Cecile Walton

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Heinz-Gerd Peters

Deutsche Telekom AG

Henrik Schmitz

Deutsche Telekom AG

Rasmus Nikolaj Due Skov

DONG Energy

Roman Blahoski

Ecolab Inc.

Emilio Tenuta

Ecolab Inc.

Chiara dalla Chiesa

Enel SpA

Elaine Weidman

Ericsson

Ismail Omamegbe

First Bank of Nigeria Ltd

Lorena Abao

Holiday Inn Dubai - Al Barsha

Carolien van der Giessen

ING Group

Floske Kusse

ING Group

Carla Duprat

InterCement

Luiz Eduardo Rielli

InterCement

Shibasaki Takanobu

ITOCHU Corporation

Vanessa Rossi

Itaú Unibanco

Kaori Ikeguchi

Japan Airlines

Miharu Takenaka

Japan Asia Group Limited

Karen Kaori Gokyu

Konica Minolta, Inc.

Brechtje Spoorenberg

Royal KPN N.V.

Emmanuel LULIN

L’ORÉAL

Natacha LESELLIER

L’ORÉAL

Helene Aagaard

Maersk Drilling

Brenda Colatrella

Merck & Co., Inc.

Jane Krmpotich

Merck & Co., Inc.

Dan Bross

Microsoft

Joan Krajewski

Microsoft

Rika Yoshikawa

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Kiyoki Miyakawa

Nikon Corporation

Andrea Biswas Tortajada

Nestlé S.A.

Yuko Deguchi

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Charlie Hough

Novartis International

Katerina Perissi

OTE Group

Apinya Synsatayakul

PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited

Reginald Haman

Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Andrew Buay

Singtel Ltd.

Qiao Ru

Sinopec Corp.

Christophe Schramm

Solvay

Véronique Espin

Solvay

Caitlin Fua

StarHub

Vefa Veisalova

Statoil ASA

Anne Larilahti

Telia Company

Henrik Weinestedt

Telia Company

Sarah-Kristin Klein

thyssenkrupp AG

Dr. Steffen Schwartz

thyssenkrupp AG

Hiroo Shimada

Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

Christian Leitz

UBS Group AG

Pia Schantli

Vattenfall

Hiroyasu Abe

YAMAHA Corporation

Michelle Salton

Yara International ASA

Abhejit Agarwal

YES BANK

We would like to thank the following executives for participating in personal interviews to help shape the study findings:

See list of participants

We would also like to thank the following people for their additional input and assistance:

See list of participants