ICC announces new Vice-Chairs to drive its global sustainability agenda

  • 4 April 2022

ICC has announced four appointments to lead the work of its Global Environment and Energy Commission, a global forum for the business community to shape policy discussions on the international sustainability agenda, including climate change and green economy.

Under a strategic governance revamp, new vice-chairs from Walmart, Engie, Natura and Twenty Essex joined the leadership of the ICC Global Environment and Energy Commission.

The four appointments will bring significant experience and leading voices in the business community to the Commission’s leadership, including expertise on climate change, biodiversity, energy, sustainable finance, global supply chains and international arbitration.

The new leadership members – appointed on 1 April by ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO – are:

Tom Smith, Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart

Julia Maris, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Engie

Keyvan Macedo, Sustainability Director, Natura & Co

Wendy J Miles QC, Barrister, Twenty Essex

ICC Global Policy Director Andrew Wilson said: “We’re delighted to strengthen the leadership group of the important ICC Commission for our engagement on global sustainability issues. We are looking forward to working with the new leadership team and are honoured that they agreed to take on these new roles.

The new Commission officers will work with the Global Environment and Energy Commission Chair and ICC Global Headquarters Environment and Energy team to provide strategic direction to ICC’s international sustainability agenda. Their work will drive business engagement on the development of coherent policy frameworks, solutions and tools that enable and scale enhanced ambition and action – in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goalss – and facilitate a just and inclusive transition to a sustainable, net-zero emissions and nature positive economy.

The diversity of expertise, geographical and industry representation, will be instrumental in enriching the quality of ICC’s campaign to make climate action everyone’s business, and to ensure that trade works for people and the planet.

The Chair of the Global Environment and Energy Commission and Head of Sustainability Partnerships at Novozymes Justin Perrettson said: “As the world’s leading biosolutions company, Novozymes has long been proud to work with ICC – the institutional representative of 45 million companies of all sizes, sectors and in over 100 countries, as well as with its members and network. ICC has a unique ability to work simultaneously across strategic, technical, political and commercial areas of the international landscape in which businesses operate, and I am delighted to be joined by the Commission’s new Vice-Chairs, whose diversity across geographies, sectors and competences help further strengthen and support a shared vision and mission to drive sustainable business forward.

The commission will seek to appoint additional Vice-Chairs from the Africa, Middle East and Asia regions in the coming months to ensure the broadest geographical representation in the leadership team possible.