simon zadek

Simon Zadek is Senior Fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute and the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing. He is on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and was until recently Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s JK Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation . He founded and was until 2009 Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility.

Simon’s work is focused on the intersection of economic policy, business strategy and transformation, and sustainability outcomes. He recently co-authored the report, Green Investment, launched at Davos as part of his input to a G20-catalyzed initiative focused on green finance. He contributed to the UN Secretary General`s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, focusing on the financial market reform and sustainability. He was team leader for the South African Government in the development of the South African Renewables Initiative, an international co-operation initiative focused on leveraging international finance to enable South Africa to scale up its renewables ambitions and roll-out.

He is currently based in Beijing, where his China-facing policy work is focused on how to embed sustainability into China`s financial market reform program, greening China`s outward investment, advancing green public procurement, and low carbon business in China`s eco-industrial parks, working with the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment and Development, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Commerce. He recently co-authored publications on the economic opportunity of aging in China and corporate responsibility in China.

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Authored and Co-authored Publications

  • Zadek, Simon (2009) Global Governance: Clues from the Front Line, Paper presented as Keynote to European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) Annual Symposium, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Zadek, Simon and Alex McGillivray (2009) Responsible Competitiveness: the Global Agenda, Saudi Arabian Responsible Competitiveness Index: 13-21, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, Ryiadh.
  • Zadek, Simon (2008) More is Not Enough, in Shaping Up: Scaling Up Voluntary Standards: 8-10, Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Bonn.
  • Zadek, Simon (2006) Corporate Responsibility and Competitiveness at the Macro Level, Corporate Governance: Vol 6, No 4., 2006: 334-348
  • Zadek, Simon with assistance from Peter Raynard (2006) Tomorrow’s History: Selected Writings of Simon Zadek: 1994-2003, Earthscan, London
  • Zadek, Simon (2004) Paths to Corporate Responsibility, Harvard Business Review, December 2004
  • Zadek, Simon and Susan Scott-Parker (2003) Unlocking Potential: the New Disability Business Case, Employers Forum on Disability, London
  • Zadek, Simon (2002) An Economics of Utopia: the Democratisation of Scarcity, Avebury, Aldershot

  • Edwards, Mike and Simon Zadek (2002) “Governing the Provision of Global Public Goods: the Role and Legitimacy of Non-State Actors”, in Inge Kaul et al, Providing Global Public Goods, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 200-224
  • MacIntosh, Malcolm and Simon Zadek (guest editors) (2002) “Corporate Governance, Accountability and Transparency”, Journal of Corporate Citizenship
  • Zadek, Simon (2001) Endearing Myths, Enduring Truths: Enabling Partnerships Between Business, Civil Society and the Public Sector, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • Zadek, Simon and Peter Raynard (2001) The Digital Divide, Occasional Paper, British Telecommunications, London
  • Zadek, Simon (2000) Ethical Trade Futures, New Economics Foundation, London
  • Zadek, Simon (2000) Doing Well By Doing Good, Conference Board, New York
  • Zadek, Simon (2000) “Can Corporations be Civil?”, in D. Lewis and T. Wallace (eds) New Roles and Relevance: Development NGOs and the Challenge of Change, Kumarian Press, Harts
  • Zadek, Simon (2000) “Towards Civil Corporations?” in J. Wieland (ed) (2000) Dezentralisierung und Weltweite Kooperationen, Metropolis, Marburg: 27-54
  • Zadek, Simon, Niels Højensgård and Peter Raynard (editors) (2000), Perspectives on the New Economy of Corporate Citizenship, The Copenhagen Centre, Copenhagen
  • Tuppen, Chris and Simon Zadek (2000) Adding Values: the Economics of Sustainable Businesses, Occasional Paper, British Telecommunications, London
  • Zadek, Simon (1999) Looking Back from 2050, European Review of Business Ethics July
  • Zadek, Simon (1999), < a href="http://www.zadek.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Zadek_Stalking-Sustainability_1999.pdf" target="_blank">Stalking Sustainability, Greener Management International 261 Winter 1999: 1-12
  • Zadek, Simon and Maya Forstater (1999) “Making Civil Regulation Work” (with M Forstater) in M Addo (editor) (1999) Human Rights Standards and the Responsibility of Transnational Corporations, Kluwer, Hague: 69-75
  • Zadek, Simon (1998) “Trade Fair”, in I. Christie and L. Nash (editors) (1998) The Good Life, Demos, London: 128-132
  • Zadek, Simon (1998) “Det Internationale Perspektiv”, in K. Boelsgaard (editor) (1998) Etik I Dansk Erhvervsliv – Fremtidens Lederkrav, Jyllands-Postens Erhversbogklub, Sønderhøj: 34-43
  • Zadek, Simon, Sanjiv Lingavah and Sarah Murphy (1998) Purchasing Power: Civil Action for Sustainable Consumption, New Economics Foundation, London
  • Blauert, Jutta and Simon Zadek (editors) (1998) Mediating Sustainability from the Grassroots, Kumarian, Hartford
  • Zadek, Simon (1998) Civil Action, Consumption, and Sustainable Development, (Guest Editor with W. Harcourt), Development, Journal of the Society of International Development, Sage Publishing, London
  • Zadek, Simon (1997) “Towards a Progressive Buddhist Economics”, in J. Watts, A. Senauke, and S. Bhikku (editors) (1997) Entering the Realm of Reality: Twoards Dharmmic Societies, International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Bangkok: 241-273
  • Zadek, Simon (1997) “Socially Responsible and Accountable Enterprise”, Journal of Human Values 3, 1997, 59-79. Also available in modified form in Conditions for Social Progress: A World Economy for All: 1996 Copenhagen Seminar for Social Progress, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1977 179-198
  • Zadek, Simon, Maggie Burns and Maya Forstater (1997) Open Trading: Options for Effective Monitoring of Corporate Performance, New Economics Foundation/Catholic Institute of International Relations, London
  • Zadek, Simon, Peter Pruzan and Richard Evans (editors) (1997) Building Corporate Accountability: Emerging Practices in Social and Ethical Accounting and Auditing, Earthscan, London
  • Zadek, Simon (1996) “Looking Back from 2010” in D. Sogge (1996), Compassion & Calculation: the Business of Private Foreign Aid, Pluto Press, London: 24-35. Also published in Spanish in D Sogge (ed) Compasión y Cálculo “Mirando Hacia Atrás Desda el 2010”, Icaria, Barcelona: 49-63
  • Zadek, Simon and David Sogge (1996) “Laws of the Market”, in D. Sogge (1996), Compassion & Calculation: the Business of Private Foreign Aid, Pluto Press, London: 68-96. Also published in Spanish in D Sogge (ed) Compasión y Cálculo “Leyes del Mercado?”, Icaria, Barcelona: 103-138
  • Zadek, Simon and Pauline Tiffen (1996) “Fair Trade: Business or Campaign”, Development, Autumn 1996: 3: 48-53
  • Zadek, Simon and Murdoch Gatwood (1996) “Transforming the Transnational NGOs: Social Auditing or Bust ?”, in Edwards and Hulme (1996), Non-Governmental Organisations – Performance and Accountability, Earthscan, London:193-206
  • Zadek, Simon and Christian Haas (1996) “Perjudica el Crecimiento Economico al Medio Ambiente Crítica a la Curva de Kuznets”, Economíca Informa, Numero 253 Diciembre de 1996/Enero de 1997: 6-11
  • Zadek, Simon and Alex McGillivray (1996) Accounting for Sustainability: Indicators for Sustainable Development, New Economics Foundation, London
  • Zadek, Simon, Diana Ferguson, Christian Haas, and Peter Raynard (1996) Dangerous Curves: Does the Environment Improve with Economic Growth ?, World Wide Fund for Nature, Gland
  • Pearce, John, Peter Raynard and Simon Zadek (1996) The Social Audit Workbook Social Auditing for Small Organisations, New Economics Foundation, London
  • Zadek, Simon (1995) Dangerous Trading: Trade and Growth Pose a Threat to the Environment Unless Care is Taken, in New Economy, Summer 1995: 142-146
  • Zadek, Simon (1994) “A Matter of Need”, Environmental Values, Vol 3 Number . 83-85
  • Zadek, Simon (1994) “Trading Ethics: Auditing the Market,” Journal of Economic Issues, Vol XXVIII No 2 June 1994:631-645
  • Zadek, Simon and Susan Szabo (1994) Valuing Organisation: The Case of Sarvodaya, New Economics Foundation, London
  • Zadek, Simon (1993) “The Practice of Buddhist Economics”, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 52.4 (1993): 433