Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of B. Accountability and has worked with leading companies and organizations within sustainability and climate change for 25 years. She is a global board facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Programme and the Head of the UN Global Compact in Canada.
Helle gained the majority of her experience during various roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, including 11 years as a Partner in Denmark and the US. Originally a business lawyer, Helle graduated with a Master of Science degree in business administration and auditing in 1994, when she also became an Environmental Management Systems consultant. She qualified as a State Authorized Public Accountant (CPA) in Denmark in 1997.
She was the creator of the world’s first green account, assisted in creation of the world’s first integrated report and is working on Natural Capital Accounting. Further, she is the principle organizer for NVIR, the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting, and has led many international assignments within strategy, supply chain responsibility, reporting, stakeholder engagement and assurance. Helle has extensive experience providing strategic and operational guidance to all functions within an organization.
Helle serves as an Act Now Ambassador and is on the board of Rethink Sustainability and the advisory board of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) and has served on many boards and expert groups such as; chair of the European Sustainability Reporting Association, Board of CSR Europe, Board of European Policy Centre, Sustainability Policy Group of FEE (Institute of European Accountants), member of the Council for International Development Cooperation (advisory council to DANIDA — the Danish International Development Agency), International associate of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) — University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
While companies attending the Climate Summits at COP19 in Warsaw Poland seemed more than ready for a climate deal, the negotiations during the United Nations Climate Change Conference seemed more like no-go-tiations.
It is often in the mix between people – and by facilitating large-scale collaboration between businesses, financiers, NGO’s and regional, national and global regulators that you get real impactful commitments and actions.