Experts' profiles - Cornis van der Lugt
Cornis van der Lugt
Cornis van der Lugt is based at UNEPs Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) in Paris. In May 2009, he became the Coordinator: Resource Efficiency in UNEP. Since joining UNEP in 2000, he was responsible for corporate environmental and social responsibility (CESR), the Global Compact (UNGC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and UN-business partnerships. He represented UNEP and the UNGC at various international conferences and in GRI expert working groups. He was also a UNGC-nominated expert in the current ISO 26000 process to develop an international standard on social responsibility.

His work to date included working with partner organisations in organising learning events with company presentations of case studies, developing CSR-related guidance materials for managers and analytical reports on emerging good practices and standards. Outputs include publications such as the biennial Global Reporters Benchmark Survey by UNEP / Sustainability / Standard & Poors, the Carrots & Sticks overview of mandatory and voluntary reporting standards by UNEP and KPMG, as well as the Stakeholder Engagement manual by UNEP / Accountability / Stakeholder Research Associates. Up to 2009, he was also coordinator of the annual UNEP Consultative Meeting on Business and Industry.

Cornis has done long-standing research in the field of International Political Economy, focusing on the environment and the role of business and industry. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1998. His doctoral studies involved research on the EU at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitt Freiburg (Germany) and the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (Netherlands), following which he gained experience as multilateral diplomat in international negotiations under the UN agreements on climate change and ozone depletion during the late 1990s. In July 2008 he completed an Executive MBA at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, France.
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