Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia and founder of UN Global Compact open Responsible Finance Summit


Following the Governor of Bank Negara's address, Mr. Georg Kell, Vice Chairman of Arabesque Partners and Founder and former Executive Director of the UN Global Compact delivered a keynote address to an audience of more than 400 leaders from across the world. Drawing from his experience in developing an initiative to implement universal sustainability principles that now has more than 12,000 signatories in more than 170 countries, Mr. Kell spoke of the need for forge a more inclusive and global responsible finance industry.

Georg Kell named one of 2015's 100 Most Influential People In Business Ethics


Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, announced on 7 January 2015 its annual 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics ranking. The honor recognizes not only those who have devoted their careers to furthering better business behavior but also those who understand the impact companies have on improving the world and have made efforts to increase the quality of life for humankind

Founding Executive Director of the UN Global Compact to deliver Keynote Address for Upcoming Responsible Finance Summit

Zawya Thomson Reuters

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - RFI Founation, organizer of the Responsible Finance Summit, is excited to announce that Georg kell, now Vice-Chairman of the world's first ESG quant fund, Arabesque Partners, and founding Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, will speak at the Summit hosted by  Bank Negara Malaysia.


Georg Kell, Arabesque Partners, board vice-chairman

Financial Times

At our meeting in New York, Georg Kell hands me two new business cards. One is for the United Nations Global Compact, which Mr Kell founded in 2000 to promote corporate labour and human rights standards. Having just stepped down as executive director, he is now its senior policy adviser. The other announces that he is board vice-chairman at Arabesque Partners, a sustainability-focused investment firm. This card is made of decidedly thicker paper.

COP21 and Investors: What will Paris deliver?

Investment & Pensions Europe

One month away from the Paris climate change talks, Jonathan Williams asks how likely are investors to be faced with a repeat of the failed summit in Copenhagen. Will failure to reach a global agreement still stifle the growth of the low-carbon economy?

A changing of the guard at the UN Global Compact

Devex Impact

Georg Kell was there at the start — he crafted the speech that planted the seed, took that idea and an initial $20,000 and led the development of what is today’s United Nations Global Compact. When he stepped down at the end of August, he left a labor of love and a 15-year legacy to new leader Lise Kingo.

UN Global Compact Letter to Pope Francis Opens Dialogue on Business as a Force for Good

3BL Media

The United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability network, said that the recent papal encyclical on environmental principles “should inspire the private sector to do more to protect the environment and address climate change,” in an open letter delivered Friday to the representative of His Holiness Pope Francis in New York. 

Companies 'long way to go' to be socially responsible: U.N. Global Compact chief


Progress in making companies more environmentally and socially responsible has been slow and too many still focus on short-term financial gain rather than their long-term impact on people and nature, the head of the U.N. Global Compact said on Thursday.

Tackle constraints in your supply chain or pay the price, UN tells companies

Supply Management

Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, said the public and private realms were blurring and so companies had to take responsibility for factors, such as air quality and water scarcity, once considered “externalities”.

5 Things Sustainable Companies Do: The Power of Principles

3BL Media

According to the UN Global Compact's Guide to Corporate Sustainabiliy, to be sustainable, companies must do five things, which starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

New Sustainability Research by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group, and the UN Global Compact Sees Collaboration and Board Engagement as Critical to Sustainability Success

Yahoo! Finance

The practice of corporate sustainability ismoving beyond ad hoc, opportunistic efforts to embrace a more holistic,strategic approach that pursues transformational goals, frequently throughpartnerships that engage multiple entities, including competitors,suppliers, governments, and NGOs. So says a new global study by MIT Sloan ManagementReview (MIT SMR), The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the UN GlobalCompact.

Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal

The Independent

The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed. After years of opposition, hundreds of the world’s major companies and investment firms – including several oil giants – have agreed that there should be a charge for the damage done to the planet by greenhouse gases.

Davos reflections: now is the time to take on the fossil fuel lobby

The Guardian

We all know that decisions made by committee risk pandering to the lowest common denominator. This seems to be the case when it comes to the progressive end of the business community. While some corporate leaders individually recognise the world economy needs to undergo a radical shift to deal with social and environmental challenges, when they try to come up with a united front, the sharpness of their voice gets lost.