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Companies in today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace are focusing their efforts on outstanding environmental performance as a business imperative.


The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) works with our corporate partners to improve their business practices, creating and implementing strategies that combine bold commitments to sustainability with practical solutions that deliver benefits to the bottom line and the environment.



Our role

CELB leads CI's efforts to promote sustainable business practices by working with companies — particularly those that have extensive global footprints in industries like mining, energy and agriculture — to ensure that the production of vital goods and services is sustainable and does not undercut nature's ability to support humanity.

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Edit Item Text:Keeping forests standing is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CELB provides our partners innovative ways to reduce global carbon emissions through forest carbon offsets that provide benefits for local communities and preserve tropical forests.
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CELB offers a wide range of products and services to our corporate partners, focusing our efforts on industries with the greatest impact on ecosystems: food and agriculture, oil and gas, mining, retail and consumer products.

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EditText: CELB works with leaders across the agricultural value chain to meet growing demands for food, fuel and water in ways that preserve the forests, fresh water, oceans and other natural resources on which all people depend. We help companies in agribusiness, retail and food & consumer products develop and apply practical tools that integrate conservation principles into business decisions. CELB assists companies in creating incentives for widespread adoption of good farming and conservation practices and landscape planning to protect and restore healthy ecosystems.
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EditText: CELB works in partnership with major mining, oil and gas companies and industry associations to promote sustainable business practices — so that the world continues to have access to the resources we need to grow our global economy without destroying the environment. We advise extractives companies to avoid impacts on nature wherever possible, and to offset the impacts on natural habitats and biodiversity when they do occur, in order to contribute to conservation and help improve livelihoods for local communities.
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EditText: CELB cultivates partnerships with leading corporations and influential thought leaders dedicated to taking a leadership role on outstanding environmental performance and the preservation of natural capital. For companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint, supporting forest carbon activities can powerfully complement internal actions that reduce emissions. In addition to addressing one of the leading causes of global climate change, protecting and restoring forests provides a suite of social and environmental benefits, including supporting the well-being of local communities by ensuring the continued delivery of important ecosystem services that intact forests provide.
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EditText: The Business & Sustainability Council (BSC) is uniquely positioned to harness private sector ingenuity with CI thought leadership and science, practical experience from the field and best practices from corporate partners. Representing global revenues greater than US$ 2.2 trillion and 5.6 million employees, the BSC serves as a catalyst for innovation, convening corporate environmental leaders to achieve excellence in sustainability, healthy ecosystems, healthy economies and human well-being.
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Executive Council

The Executive Council is made up of industry leaders who provide support and guidance to CELB in support of CI's mission.


Rob Walton, Chairman

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Roger Altman

Founder and Chairman
Evercore Partners


Michael T. Duke

Chairman, Executive Committee
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Thomas F. McLarty III (Mack)

President
McLarty Associates


Frits van Paasschen

President and CEO
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.


Beatriz R. Perez

Chief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company


Stewart A. Resnick

Chairman and President
Roll Global LLC


Peter A. Seligmann

Chairman of the Board and CEO
Conservation International


Simon Susman

Non-Executive Chairman
Woolworth Holdings Ltd.


Jochen Zeitz

Director and Chairman of the board's sustainable development committee
Kering



CELB Staff

  • John Buchanan, Interim Lead
  • Becky Vaus, Executive Assistant
  • Edith Mebiama, Senior Director, Finance & Operations
  • Marielle Canter Weikel, Senior Director, Responsible Mining & Energy
  • Bambi Semroc, Senior Strategic Advisor
  • Angela Prosek, Senior Director, Business Development
  • Adam Schoenberg, Senior Director, Corporate Relations
  • Mahlette Betre, Director, Responsible Mining & Energy
  • Leonardo Viana, Director, Responsible Mining & Energy
  • Graham Mitchell, Director, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Markets
  • Sonal Pandya-Dalal, Director, Business & Sustainability Council
  • Melissa Thomas, Senior Manager, Sustainable Palm Oil Markets
  • Lesley McLaughlin, Senior Manager, Partnership Development
  • Zachary Wells, Senior Manager, Responsible Mining & Energy
  • Lorena Buston, Program Manager, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Markets
  • Paula Diaz, Program Specialist, Responsible Mining & Energy
  • Ethan Ngo, Manager, Finance
  • Lubianca Schumacher, Senior Coordinator, Operations
  • Angela Lewis, Development Coordinator


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