Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, vice chair of the U.N. Global Compact Board
and chairman of the Global Compact Foundation.
Photo by: Mark Garten / United Nations
Strong leadership has the potential to transform the way a company engages with social, environmental and development challenges. But when development-minded leaders leave their corporations, the challenge lies in ensuring those cross-sectoral partnerships and sustainable business practices live on after their departure.
How have you seen private sector engagement evolve? Do you think we’ve reached a pivotal moment yet?
Who can go about building those local coalitions?
You brought up the issue of individual leadership and we certainly see some examples of corporate executives who are rethinking the way their companies do business. How much of that change is because of leadership at the top and what happens when that leader leaves?
Corporate engagement on social and environmental issues has often come in response to a crisis. Do companies need to become more proactive rather than reactive?