Lise Kingo of United Nations Global Compact invites business leaders to embrace and drive global sustainability


Lise Kingo, the CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, a United Nations initiative dedicated to encouraging businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, was the second keynote speaker to address IMD’s largest open-enrolment program, Orchestrating Winning Performance

The UN Global Compact was founded by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who one year earlier, almost to the day, stood on the same stage to invite OWP participants to engage in his belief that businesses are part of the solution to make our world less fragile.  

Lise now heads what has become the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals (see below). 

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Lise Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S. She holds multiple degrees including a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a B.Com. in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School. 

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