UN Global Compact Announces Refreshed Board Appointed by the UN Secretary-General

Jun 20, 2018 11:15 AM ET

UN Global Compact Announces New Board Members Appointed by the UN Secretary-Gen…

NEW YORK, June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The United Nations Global Compact is pleased to announce today new Members to its Board, appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Seven new Board Members have been appointed alongside remaining Members and the previously announced Vice-Chairs Bola Adesola and Paul Polman. The Secretary-General will continue in his role as Chair.

“We are delighted to announce the new Board of the United Nations Global Compact, chaired by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, with Bola Adesola and Paul Polman serving as Vice-Chairs,” said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “This new Board is the most diverse and streamlined Board the UN Global Compact has ever had, with Members representing business from all over the world alongside civil society and other stakeholders. Together, they will help guide the strategic direction of the UN Global Compact as we work to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. I look forward to working with each of our Board Members over the coming years.”

The UN Global Compact Board plays an important role in shaping the strategy and policy of the initiative, which acts as the United Nations flagship for responsible business action. Designed as a multi-stakeholder body, the Board provides ongoing strategic and policy advice for the initiative. Board members are considered champions who are willing and able to advance the mission of the UN Global Compact. They act in a personal, honorary and unpaid capacity.

As the world approaches the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact Board will be instrumental in helping to bring business to the table in support of Agenda 2030.

The slate of Board Members as of today is listed below.


H.E. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations 


Ms. Bola Adelsola
Managing Director and CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

Mr. Paul Polman
CEO, Unilever 

Board Members (Business):

Ms. Clara Arpa Azofra
CEO, Arpa Equipos Móviles de Campaña

Mr. Patrick Chalhoub
CEO, Chalhoub Group

Mr. John Denton
Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Mr. Ren Hongbin
Chairman, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH)

Mr. Guilherme Peirão Leal
Founder and Co-chairman of the Board, Natura Cosméticos S/A

Ms. Flora Mutahi 
CEO, Melvin Marsh International Limited 

Mr. Roberto Suarez-Santos
Acting Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Mr. Francesco Starace
CEO & General Manager, Enel SpA 

Mr. Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric

Ms. Sandra Wu
Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. 


Board Members (Civil Society & Labour):

Ms. Inger Andersen
Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Ms. Sharan Burrow
General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Mr. Philip Jennings
General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Ms. Patricia Moreira 
Managing Director, Transparency International


Board Members (Other key stakeholders):

Ms. Lise Kingo
CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact 

Mr. Carlo Pereira
Co-Chair, Global Network Council
Executive Secretary, Global Compact Network Brazil

Ms. Fiona Reynolds
CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) 

Ms. Geneviève Jean-van Rossum
Chair, UN Global Compact Government Group
Special representative for bioethics and corporate social responsibility, French Ministry for Europe and foreign affairs