Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S since 2002. She was in charge of several business areas and pioneered the first Novo Nordisk strategy on sustainability, spearheading the integration of sustainability into the heart of the business, showcasing the mutual benefits for both the company and society. Before 2002, Ms. Kingo held various positions at NovoZymes A/S and Novo A/S, including Director of Environmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of Business Support. She was responsible for a number of areas covering growth and operations such as Environmental Affairs, People Management, Communications and Branding. Furthermore Ms. Kingo was the founder and primary force behind the first sustainability strategy at NovoZymes. Until Ms. Kingo started her work with UN Global Compact, she was chair of the board at Steno Diabetes Center and has throughout her career, held a number of board positions in foundations as well as in companies, such as Grieg Star Shipping in Norway and GN Great Nordic. She was also a Professor at the Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and the Chair of the Danish Council for Corporate Social Responsibility. Ms Kingo has received several awards such as the Edinburgh Medal and the Copenhagen Business School 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. She is also a UN Gender Champion. Ms. Kingo holds a Master of Science degree in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, a Bachelors of Arts in The Science of Religions and Ancient Greek Culture from the Universities of Aarhus and Odense, Denmark as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School. She is also certified by INSEAD’s International Directors Program in Corporate Governance.
“The most ambitious vision in the world” and “the biggest management challenge ever” are just a few of the catchphrases associated with the UN Global Goals.
Global Goals LIVE! presented business cases and tangible approaches to how the Global Goals are and can become excellent business opportunities and a new license to operate.
The Global Goals, which entered into effect on 1 January 2016 and comprise a total of 17 goals, cover a wide variety of detailed specifications. They define solutions to financial, social and environmental challenges, and they provide a unique tool for opening up new markets, innovation, recruiting young talents and not least for having a greater purpose.
Our declared mission is to stimulate engagement that puts the Global Goals on the business community’s agenda. During the year, we have involved VL-members in a number of forums where the potential of making the Global Goals a competitive factor has been visualized and rendered workable and where the CEO's will be urged to give the Goals a motivating and binding position in their business strategy.
This work culminated at the 2019 VL Summit.
It is more important than ever for us, as business leaders, to have a clear conception of our responsibility.
The Global Goals give us an opportunity to act and blaze new trails to a sustainable and stronger society and business - and to peace and justice in the World.
The Summit 2019 is arranged with UNICEF as partner