RI People & Appointments, March 5: Ruggie to advise gold mining giant on CSR

ESG movers and shakers

Professor John Ruggie, author of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, has been named as a special consultant on corporate social responsibility to Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the former Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, has been named to the company’s new five-person CSR advisory board. Barrick Gold is currently excluded by five institutional investors for environmental pollution at its mining operations in Papua New Guinea. Announcement

Matthew Kiernan, the chief executive of Inflection Point Capital and founder of pioneering environmental, social and governance (ESG) firm Innovest, has joined the Climate Bonds Advisory Panel.
Marlehn Thieme has been named as the new Chair of the German Council for Sustainable Development (Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung). Thieme, a director in Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Citizenship department, is an employee-elected member of the bank’s supervisory board. Link (German)

Keith Skeoch, CEO of Standard Life Investments, has been appointed to the board of the Financial Reporting Council, the UK governance watchdog.

Marian Macindoe, the former Director of Environmental & Social Proxy Research at Glass, Lewis & Co, has joined Chevron Corporation as a Corporate Governance Analyst. She was with proxy firm Glass Lewis for sthree years and joined the oil major last year.

Mark Wiseman is to succeed the retiring David Denison as President and CEO of the C$152.8bn Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory. Wiseman is currently CPPIB’s Executive Vice-President, Investments.Deminor, the shareholder consultancy, has named three new corporate finance partners. They are Jan Bleyen, Stefan Hertogs and Bernard de Caters, who joined the firm in 2004, 2006 and 2008 respectively. Link

Dirk Forrister has been appointed President and Chief Executive of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Geneva-based group which promotes carbon pricing and emissions trading. Forrister, who has had stints at the White House, US Department of Energy and carbon fund manager Natsource, will take over from Henry Derwent, who is retiring. Link
Benj Sykes has been named Operations Director and Deputy Country Manager in the UK Renewables Business of DONG Energy, the Danish energy firm that has partnered in wind project with institutional investors. Sykes joins from the Carbon Trust and will oversee DONG’s UK offshore wind farm portfolio. Link

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is hiring a Technical Product Manager to guide and direct the development of the IRIS data infrastructure and technology platform. Applications are due by March 16.

Ethos, the Swiss pension fund-owned proxy research firm, is seeking an Environmental and Social Sustainability Analyst. The role is based in its Geneva office and more details can be found here.