Ben Wielgus joined Informa in spring 2016 in the newly created Head of Sustainability Role. His briefing from the board was to accelerate Informa’s approach to sustainability and ensure that everything the business does around sustainability delivers value to the business, its customers and its investors. The focus must be on creating a competitive differentiator from being a responsible business.
Over the last 3 years, Informa has been named one of the most improved businesses in sustainability and is currently listed amongst the top 10% most sustainability businesses in the world according to Dow Jones. Sustainability currently generates more value than it costs the business and is creating excitement and engagement amongst Informa’s 12,000 global colleagues.
Before joining Informa, Ben spent nearly 15 years working as part of KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Group. He was responsible for leading dozens of engagements working with senior audiences in large, global organisations helping them understand how sustainability can be an asset that returns on the investment in it rather than acts as a cost. Ben worked with organisations across the economy ranging from global infrastructure businesses to cities and from international consumer goods business to small local confectioners.
Ben specialises in helping organisations understand how the risks and opportunities from sustainability can affect an organisation’s overall strategy. He works with them to build suitable governance and embed responses to the challenges. He is a frequently requested speaker at national events focussing on sustainability reporting, management and organisational cooperation.
He was one of the contributors of KPMG’s New Vision of Value report which explains the need for a revolution in the way we value assets. He believes that we need to move far beyond the immediate financial impact on the asset owner and instead look at the systemic value creation and destruction that the asset provides. This includes looking at the economic, the social, intellectual and environmental capitals.
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