“Who’s Who” of Global Leaders Join Governance Body of AccountAbility

Leading International Sustainability Organization; Commit to Goal of “Mainstreaming” Corporate Responsibility
Oct 11, 2011 5:15 AM ET

“Who’s Who” of Global Leaders Join Governance Body of AccountAbility – Leading International Sustainability Organization;  Commit to Goal of  “Mainstreaming” Corporate Responsibility

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed)  London and New York - October 11, 2011 - A veritable “Who’s Who” of CEOs, policymakers, and thought leaders from the public and private sectors, and civil society have joined the top governance body for AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization. 
The newly-appointed Advisory Council will provide strategic guidance and facilitate AccountAbility’s mission of advancing corporate responsibility and sustainability by increasing the impact of its standards, shaping a leading research agenda, and delivering transformative service solutions. 
Mr. Hans W. Decker, former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA), and currently Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University will serve as Chairman of AccountAbility’s Advisory Council. "It is an honor to work with a Council whose members have done so much to advance corporate responsibility in their organizations, “said Mr. Decker. “I know from personal experience that Corporate Responsibility is a critical imperative for successful, forward looking and profitable organizations. AccountAbility is the right organization at the right time to drive sustainability to the top of a global leadership agenda." 
The Members of the Advisory Council include:  
  • Mr. Hans W. Decker – former President and CEO of Siemens Corporation (USA); Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Board of the Graduate Faculty of the New School University, NYC (Emeritus); President of Heidelberg University Association

  • Ms. Carol  Atwood – Entrepreneur; Chair of King Arthur Flour; Board Member – Community Investment Partners (CIP), Calvert Foundation, New Paradigm Fund 

  • Mr. John A. Fraser – Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management; Member of UBS Group Executive Board; former Deputy Secretary (Economic) of the Australian Treasury

  • Mr. Robert H. Herz – former Chairman of the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB); Board Member of Fannie Mae; Trustee of the Kessler Foundation; Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School

  • Mr. Abdallah S. Jum’ah – former President and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco); Board Member – Halliburton Company, American University (Cairo), Reliance International, Saudi Investment Bank

  • Mr. Mthunzi Mdwaba – Entrepreneur; Member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland); Board Member of the International Organization of Employers (Geneva, Switzerland); former CEO of Torque Holdings; Vice-President of Business Unity South Africa(BUSA)

  • Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services; former Chairman of Anglo-American plc; former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group; Board Member – Accenture, Saudi Aramco; former Board Member, HSBC

  • Mr. Subramaniam Ramadorai – Chairman of Tata Technologies Limited; Chairman of CMC Limited; Chairman of Tata Elxsi; Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services; Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange 

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, noted: “I am pleased to be associated with an organization that has continued to be at the forefront helping businesses ensure that their operations run responsibly. AccountAbility's focus on driving sustainability into the mainstream of companies operations is both timely and relevant.” 
Sunny Misser, Chief Executive Officer of AccountAbility, commented:  “We are delighted to have such a distinguished group of individuals from around the world demonstrate not only their commitment to sustainability but also their support for AccountAbility's vision and direction."
Misser became CEO of AccountAbility in June 2010 vowing to reinvent AccountAbility as the pre-eminent global CR research, standards and professional services firm.  “To achieve that goal,” Misser emphasized, “we need both vision and experience.  Vision to help us build a new AccountAbility based on our legacy of innovation in research and experience in delivering practical, high value solutions that transform organizations," he added. "This combination of ‘mind and muscle’ is critical in shaping the sustainability agenda of the future while mainstreaming sustainability into business thinking and practice." 
The Advisory Council, together with the Interim Standards Board which provides oversight and guidance for the AA1000 Series of Standards, comprise the independent governance structure for AccountAbility. Council members will serve for an initial term of two years, and depending on the need to maintain balance and continuity, may serve an additional two-year term.  
About AccountAbility
AccountAbility is a leading global organization providing innovative solutions to the most critical challenges in corporate responsibility and sustainable development. Since 1995 AccountAbility has been helping corporations, non-profits and governments embed ethical, environmental, social, and governance accountability into their organizational DNA. AccountAbility's unique value proposition brings together leading-edge research, the widely-recognized AA1000 Series of Standards and strategic advisory services to deliver practical solutions for its clients.
With offices in London, New York, Washington, D.C., Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Dubai and Zurich, AccountAbility specializes in industry sectors such as Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Energy and Extractives, Telecommunications, Consumer Goods, and Food and Beverages.  Find out more by visiting us at accountability.org.
Karl Pfalzgraf