simon zadek

Recent Projects


  • The Amazon FundSimon Zadek together with Maya Forstater and Fernanda Polacow have been working with the Amazon Fund over the past two years to understand the lessons learned from the development, design and early implementation of the initiative. **UPDATE: Working Paper released for UNFCC COP 16, Cancun**
  • Measuring Corporate Sustainability – supporting Instituto Ethos in the further development of its corporate sustainability indicators, building on the success of the first generation of Ethos Indicators. Focus on linkages to broader development of new macro as well as micro measures of sustainability, with additional focus on measuring sustainability-aligned innovation.


  • CODELCO’S Sustainability Practices – support to state-owned CODELCO, one of the world’s largest copper companies, in its progressing its sustainability approach to its business policies and practices. Focus on its community-level and strategic stakeholder engagement practices, and its associated public disclosure commitments.


  • Natural Resource Governance in Africa – supporting the Chinese Academy of Sciences in establishing a dialogue in China on the role of Chinese businesses in advancing effective natural resource governance in Africa. Focus on exploring the role of ‘CSR’ in improving business practices, and the potential for Chinese business to engage in collaborative initiatives advancing relevant sustainability standards.
  • ICT and Low Carbon Development in China – DESC China is working to explore the contribution Information Communication Technology (ICT) could make to China’s low carbon growth goals. Low carbon development is a core element of China’s strategy to realizing scientific and harmonious development. This is not only a response to climate change, but is in line with China’s priorities for energy security and accelerating industrial transformation.A background paper – ICT and Low Carbon Growth in China – developed for DESC China by Simon Zadek, Maya Forstater, Kelly Yu and Jon Kornik presents a quantitative analysis of the impacts of ICT on low carbon growth in China, and includes insights with key Chinese and international policy and industrial research groups on the possible policy measures and initiatives that could secure the contribution of ICT to reducing China’s carbon footprint whilst promoting scientific development.
  • China Sustainable Trade Strategy – contributed to a Chinese-led, multi-agency policy initiative to establish the basis for a long-term, sustainable trade strategy for China. Contribution focused on the place of sustainability practices in the competitiveness of Chinese businesses in global markets, and in particular strategic options for business and public policy.

San Francisco

  • GE’s Citizenship for Sustainability - on-going support to General Electric’s extension of its citizenship strategy into the heartland of its business strategy and practices. Current focus on development of public reporting, stakeholder engagement, stakeholder advice and oversight and country strategy development, especially in emerging markets.

South Africa

  • Low carbon industrial and economic strategy – supporting the Government of South Africa’s Ministry of Trade and Industry and Department of Public Enterprises, working in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa, in developing the linkages between economic/industrial and climate/carbon policies. Focus on pathways for realising the potential for accelerated development of renewables and its impact on the carbon competitiveness of South African exports. Financial support from DFID.

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