A familiar figure in the sustainability reporting world, and a long-term contributor to GRI's multi-stakeholder network, Eric has a wealth of multi-faceted experience in both financial and non-financial reporting.
A familiar figure in the sustainability reporting world, and a long-term contributor to GRI's multi-stakeholder network, Eric has a wealth of multi-faceted experience in both financial and non-financial reporting. He previously served as Chairman of the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) and subsequently as the Interim Chief Executive of GRI, where he led the roll-out of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards).
Serving the maximum term of four years as Chair, Christy Wood led GRI and its Board through a transformational governance change into a formal standard-setter structure, by separating out its commercial activities, thereby ensuring that the public interest is solely served in the setting of the GRI Standards. Christy will become a 2018 Fellow at Harvard University’s “Advanced Leadership Initiative”.
Prior to this appointment, Eric Hespenheide had a long and distinguished career with Deloitte, most recently as a Partner, leading their global sustainability reporting and assurance practice. He is the former Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Task Force, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Advocacy Committee and a member of the Board of Advisors for E-Revalue. He has also served on the working group of the International Integrated Reporting Council during the development of the <IR> reporting framework. In addition, Eric sits on the national board of directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Louisiana State University and the University of Detroit Mercy.