Lise Kingo at Bureau Veritas Kick Off Seminar 2020

Five-year-status of the sustainable development goals: leadership in a fundamentally changed world

In 2015, UN’s general secretary at the time, Ban Ki-moon, appointed Lise Kingo CEO & Executive Director of UN's Global Compact. Thus, she had a global top position as pioneer of the integration of sustainability and business. One of Lise Kingo’s most important tasks was to engage companies in achieving the global sustainable development goals (SDG), which were adopted by UN’s general assembly later that year under the direction of the chairman of UN’s general assembly, Mogens Lykketoft. A mission, which to a great extend, succeeded.

As she in 2020 after five years as head of the organisation, passed on the baton, it was a "goodbye to an outstanding leader", as Global Compact Network Denmark expressed it. A leader, who has left a clear mark in the fight to unite sustainability and business and who also developed UN’s Global Compact to the world’s largest initiative of responsible business with more than 10,000 companies and 3,000 organisations worldwide.

The top position appointment at the UN was not least a result of her persistent and successful efforts at Novo Nordisk where she really put sustainability at the top of the agenda. After more than 25 years – latest as group managing director responsible for Corporate Relations – her efforts were noticed by so many that she was asked to take on the leading role of the Global Compact organisation.

Today Lise Kingo is a board member in the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi. At our Kick Off Seminar 2021 she is going to tell about her experience with the transformation that the sustainable development goals inspire companies all over the world to get involved. Are we heading towards a new business model? Hear the answer on 7 January 2021!

Lise Kingo, board member of Sanofi and former CEO & Executive Director of UN's Global Compact



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