Mike Wallace

Interim Executive Director, Social & Human Capital Coalition

Mike Wallace is an internationally recognized expert in the sustainability field with over 20-years of experience advising corporations, non-profits and government agencies on the development and implementation of sustainability programs. He has helped launch a range of sustainability programs inside existing organizations, helped create new initiatives, and helped organizations expand into new markets.

From Aug. ‘09 to Jan. ‘14 he served as a Director for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He directly supported GRI’s Executive Team on initiatives ranging from the establishment of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IRRC), to the European Commission proposal on corporate ESG reporting, to work with the World Federation of Exchanges on ESG listing guidance.

Mike was instrumental in securing funding from the Big 4 for GRI’s N. American operations and in partnering with the NYSE to officially launch GRI in Jan. ‘11. From that launch, GRI reporting more than doubled in N. America during Mike’s tenure, as did official GRI membership. GRI reporting is now occurring in all parts of the N. American economy, from federal, state and local governments, to public and private corporations.

Mike has authored numerous articles on sustainability, is a contributor to “Climate Change – a Guide to Carbon Law & Practice”. He has given expert testimony to the European Commission, the US SEC, EPA and GSA, as well as business associations like the US Business Roundtable and National Association of Corporate Directors.

He has been recognized for his expertise with his inclusion in the 2011 and 2012 NACD Directorship 100, and in Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders for 2011. He currently serves on the American Bar Association’s Sustainability Task Force and is on the Advisory Council of the Center for Safety & Health Sustainability (CSHS) and is the Chair of the WBCSD’s ESG Ratings & Rankings Working Group.

My Sessions

What if purchasers focused on creating positive social impact through their procurement and supplier engagement programs? That’s happening, increasingly, in part due to increasing expectations on the part of employees, investors, and policymakers that companies be good stewards of the “human capital” they depend on to run their businesses. In this session moderated by Mike … read more >>

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