Submitted by: Business for Social Responsibility
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 – 08:00 AM EST
BSR has added four new board members—Takashi Hatchoji, Chairman, Hitachi America; Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, World Bank; Anne-Marie Skov, Group Communications and CSR Senior Vice President, Carlsberg; and Robert Webb, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt—adding global diversity and broad industry perspectives to steer the organization toward its mission of working with business to create a just and sustainable world.
“These new board members will offer invaluable contributions to BSR, as we expand our global presence, with offices now in Asia, Europe, North America, and our newest location, Brazil,” said BSR Chairman Mats Lederhausen. “We rely on our board for insight, governance, and connections. Our diverse board allows us to have rich discussions about how business can have the most meaningful impact on the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.”
“These new directors will certainly enrich BSR’s ability to serve our nearly 300 member companies,” said Aron Cramer, BSR’s President and CEO. “I look forward to applying their advice and counsel in a fast-changing world.”
The new members have deep experience in sectors ranging from food and beverage, to information and communications technology, to travel and tourism, to government:
Takashi Hatchoji, Chairman, Hitachi America: Hatchoji, who also serves on Hitachi’s board of directors, has more than 40 years of experience at Hitachi, where his positions have included general manager of the corporate planning and development office, executive general manager of the business solution systems division, COO and CTO of the information and telecommunication systems group, and president and director of the Hitachi Research Institute. Previously, as Hitachi Group’s chief environmental strategy officer, Hatchoji led the corporation’s “Environmental Vision 2025,” which introduced advanced technologies in energy efficiency and power generation, and “Eco Products” that minimize environmental impacts.
Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, World Bank: In her role, Kyte is responsible for the World Bank’s global work in agriculture, the environment, infrastructure, urban development, and social development. Prior to taking up her current post in September 2011, Kyte held various roles at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), including as vice president for business advisory services and director for environmental and social development, and she served in the office of the IFC’s compliance advisor/ombudsman. Prior to joining the IFC, she was a member of the World Conservation Union’s management team. She has also held elected positions in Europe, and she founded and led NGOs focused on women, the environment, health, and rights.
Anne-Marie Skov, Group Communications and CSR Senior Vice President, Carlsberg: Since 2004, Skov has been responsible for Carlsberg’s corporate communications activities, including investor and media relations, and the CSR/public affairs unit. Prior to joining Carlsberg, Skov worked with the Novo Group, most recently as vice president and as a member of Novozymes’ executive management team. She is also a member of the supervisory board of WWF Denmark, the Tuborg Foundation, the alumni board of the University of Copenhagen, and vice chairman of the board of Erik Møller Architects.
Robert Webb, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt: Webb has been in his current role since 2007. Prior to joining Hyatt, he served as the head of global service delivery for Citi Employee Services at Citigroup Inc. During his 19-year tenure at Citigroup and two predecessor companies, Webb served as chief administrative officer for a global business unit and held several senior human resources roles in North America and internationally. He is also an advisory board member of Boston University’s School of Hospitality and DePaul University’s Hospitality Program, he serves on the Human Resources Policy Association’s health care committee, and he is a member of the International Tourism Partnership’s governing council.
A full list of BSR’s board members is available at www.bsr.org/en/about/board-of-directors.
A leader in corporate responsibility since 1992, BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. With offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR uses its expertise in the environment, human rights, economic development, and governance and accountability to guide global companies toward creating a just and sustainable world. Visit www.bsr.org for more information.
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