As PwC Canada’s Chief Sustainability Officer, James leads a team that helps PwC build trust with stakeholders while delivering on the firm’s ESG commitments aligned to the firm’s purpose. He also shares this expertise with PwC’s clients, supporting them in developing and implementing their complex and strategic ESG initiatives, creating value through a disciplined approach to addressing risks and opportunities to drive sustained outcomes. His leadership role includes the market facing components of PwC Canada’s US$150mn New world. New skills’ social impact strategy designed to help close the opportunity gap and upskill two million Canadians to bring them into the digital world; leading the firm’s environmental sustainability strategy and progress towards becoming net zero by 2030; and overseeing all ESG reporting and disclosures. For over 15 years, James has shaped corporate sustainability functions within the financial services, energy and not-for-profit sectors, living his values as a proud and out member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for diversity, inclusion, equity as well as provoking a sense of belonging.
As the population continues to grow, there is a pressing demand for innovation as it requires food products, medicine and other crop-based items at a larger scale. With more than 100,000 employees under his charge, Werner Baumann leads Bayer Crop Science as the organisation means the needs of tomorrow–its primary occupation is ‘Science for a better Life’. In line with Bayer’s passion for science, he leads the team as its CEO–for the past six years–in charge of all aspects of the business. As a veteran of the organisation, Baumann joined the company in 1988, taking on a role in Employee Corporate Finance. Since then he worked through various leadership roles within the organisation, spanning its healthcare and pharmaceutical operations as well as business strategy and sustainability. With critical matters at hand and increasing pressures, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and inequality across the globe, Baumann plays an important role at Bayer to lead the time towards the right kinds of research and innovation, and promote a healthier and happier global population.
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