There is growing awareness and interest from corporate boards toward the risks and opportunities within sustainability and climate change. I had the recent pleasure of facilitating a dialogue with the leadership team of Triovest, a privately-held Canadian developer, advisor and manager of commercial real estate. I was amazed at how the topic sparked many important conversations that connected to different aspects of the business. This shows that if leadership teams are able to ask the right questions related to sustainability and climate change, then we are able to have rich exchanges that fuel innovation, shape strategy, and turn risks into opportunities.
What do they think?
As the CEO of one of the largest Pension Funds in Denmark I was part of the Network for Good Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting that Helle established for 50 CEOs of leading companies and investors. Through her skilled facilitation, during quarterly discussions, Helle successfully aligned the CEOs on why and how to embed sustainable thinking into strategies, operations and reporting. Many of the participating companies are today seen as global frontrunners within sustainable business practices and many of the CEO’s have taken on additional roles to further enhance sustainable business practices.
Peter Damgaard Jensenas CEO of PKA and Chairman of Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
I would highly recommend the B.Accountability team to any organization who wants to
introduce their company to the Sustainable Development Goals and learn how to integrate
them into strategy and reporting.
Michael KoboriVice President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
Helle’s insight and disruptive questions are a great source of inspiration. She brings a unique strategic insight and perspective that help companies and boards focus on the emerging issues that are essential for any company that wants to be in business for the long-run.
Helle and her team’s integrated approach brings disruptive thinking, innovation and cost savings together to drive sustainable business development. The outcome is trust and admiration among stakeholders, including shareholders. Helle’s concern and drive for sustainable business practices are very much appreciated.
MICHAEL TRESCHOWFormer Unilever Chairman
As CEO of Maersk Line, I asked Helle and her team to do an assessment and facilitate discussions with the leadership team around the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, and to help us identify our risks and opportunities. The interviews and facilitated discussions helped us to both reduce company risk and identify innovative opportunities. The ideas that Helle helped us generate resulted in new business opportunities that were both profitable and transformational for our business.
EIVIND KOLDINGas CEO, Maersk Line
Helle facilitated a series of sessions on Sustainability for PwC’s global board and global leadership. The sessions not only informed, but also formed a clear business case and action plan for PwC. As a facilitator, Helle is incredibly knowledgeable, focused, and has an inspiring and energetic flair.
SAM DIPIAZZAas Global CEO & Chairman, PWC
Helle assisted IKEA’s global sustainability team during many years; she helped IKEA refine its sustainability supply chain strategy, develop the supplier code of conduct program, and train IKEA co-workers and suppliers. She also conducted monitoring visits of IKEA suppliers, and helped to build a strategy and implementation plan around engaging and communication with suppliers and local communities.
MARIANNE BARNERas Senior Advisor Sustainability, IKEA
Helle joined me for the launch of WindMade under the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2011. Her knowledge about sustainability, integrated reporting, and greenhouse gas emissions has been of high value to both Vestas and other WindMade partners.
DITLEV ENGELas CEO, Vestas Wind Systems
We invited Helle to speak with our Board of Directors Corporate Responsibility Committee. The discussion reinforced the essentiality of strong alignment and the importance of stakeholder engagement and embedding sustainability within the business functions and value chain; a journey that Helle and her company afterwards helped us embark on. Helle brings unique insight and perspective that is rooted in her many years of global business experience.
MAUREEN MAZUREKas Director, Monsanto
Helle has a unique expertise in assisting domestic and internationally operating companies with the profitable implementation of sustainability into their corporate strategies, core activities, and into their communication with stakeholders.
MADS OVLISENas Chairman, Novo Nordisk & LEGO
I have known Helle for a number of years, she has always been a remarkable store of information about sustainability issues and projects. She was an inspiration behind sustainability reporting for the accounting profession in Europe and then in North America, and has been a continuous source of advice to me as the concepts of integrated reporting have developed. She brings great expertise, experience and intellect to the integrated reporting process and I would recommend her to those looking to implement in the coming years.
PAUL DRUCKMANas CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council
Helle made invaluable contributions through the start-up phase of Act NOW. Her staunch support and advice was a tremendous help to Act NOW in our endeavours to seek out and engage the right stakeholders. Act NOW is very proud to count her among our ambassadors, and to be able to rely and draw on her experience and the experiences of her B.Accountability team.