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Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada’s Founder, named one of Canada’s 2019 Clean50

Published 09-27-18

Submitted by Global Compact Network Canada

 Canada’s 2019 Clean50 awarded Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada’s Founder and President Emeritus, as one of the 50 individual leaders who have contributed the most to enhancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years. 

Global Compact Network Canada is the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Helle Bank Jorgensen founded the Canadian chapter 5 years ago in 2013, and along with the GCNC team, has made significant contributions to the advocacy of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and corporate sustainability in Canada. 

"Building partnerships between the Government and Companies is essential if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. I'm very impressed how the Global Compact Network Canada has engaged both companies and the government on the 2030 agenda and how Helle Bank Jorgensen can get the right voices to the table to scale the efforts of the many Canadian companies that are part of Global Compact Network Canada."

~ H.E. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations 

Helle Bank Jorgensen was chosen after rigorous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of approximately 600 well qualified nominees. 

"I'm so happy for this recognition and would like to thank my team – truly the #BestTeamEver - as well as my Board of Directors, and all supporting companies and organizations of the GCNC who are committed and working towards the SDGs and the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. I believe that the SDGs represent some of the biggest risks, but also the biggest opportunities. We need to work together to get it right and solve the biggest challenge of our time. We need everyone to take part and ACT NOW, and that includes corporate Canada – the largest stakeholder who can make the most impact. That's what I'm working for - and I hope that all Canadian businesses will join us."

~ Helle Bank Jorgensen, GCNC’s Founder and President Emeritus 

In the span of 5 years, Helle has led the GCNC to become the hub for sustainable and responsible Canadian businesses. Through the sharing of best practices and various initiatives, including the Canadian SDG Business Forum, SDG Leadership Awards, working groups, SDG Surveys, and numerous webinars and in-person events, the GCNC has gathered a robust network of leaders who are advancing the 2030 Agenda.

"We founded the GCNC five years ago with a few supporters and a grand vision of becoming the go-to network for responsible business conduct in Canada, the place where business organizations in Canada interested in improving sustainability in their operations would go to collaborate and learn. Through her relentless dedication and supreme skill, Helle has led the GCNC to that plateau. She deserves every credit for the network’s success."

~ Jonathan Drimmer, GCNC’s Chairman and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation


About the Global Compact Network Canada

The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC is spearheading the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration. www.globalcompact.ca

About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50

Leading sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavor, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees.  Ancillary awards also recognize 10 Emerging Leaders and the Top 20 Sustainability Projects of the year. www.clean50.com    

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jules Zhao at +1 647-715-9426 ex. 104 | jules@globalcompact.ca

Helle Bank Jorgensen at 647-823-5843 | Jorgensen@globalcompact.ca

Gavin Pitchford at 416-925-2005 x 2300 | gpitchford@deltamanagement.com

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