The 2020 Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders list was released on August 25. The list recognizes individuals who, through their work, have played a large role in influencing positive change as it relates to the environment, human rights, ethical business, and the response to COVID-19.

This year has been challenging for professionals in every sector, but for some, the pandemic has been particularly difficult as it has exacerbated numerous labor rights and human health risk areas. This list is a representation of thousands more who have worked tirelessly to give back and raise up communities.

To be considered for the list, professionals must have been directly involved in the management of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program in 2019–2020, or else consulted, advised, or otherwise influenced corporate behavior toward CSR initiatives. These individuals are leaders in their space, speak at industry events, and raise awareness of CSR issues within their organization and abroad.

Get the full list. Download the 2020 Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders.

The list was curated on Assent’s behalf by Lucas Taylor (University of Notre Dame MBA) of LDT Consulting. Professionals nominated for the list include those from the corporate sector, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, consultancy firms, media groups, and service providers.

Some of the variables taken into account while determining the list include:

  • Over 1,000 public nominations and votes.
  • Various social media influence factors.
  • Trade show and industry group participation.
  • Publications, media citations, and participation.
  • Organization size.
  • Social media outreach and advocacy.

We’re proud to announce the top three influence leaders of 2020!

  • Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women in Leadership

Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is an accomplished lawyer and activist challenging companies and societies to do better on gender and racial equality. A frequent presence on news media such as CNN and BBC, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of Women in Leadership Publication and former co-chair of the Africa Committee at the American Bar Association. She helps companies develop strategies to address disparity and inequality in communities, boardrooms, and around the world.

  • Mike Fraser

Vice President, Global Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric

Mike Fraser is a globally-recognized figure in the area of sustainability. A frequent public speaker, he has led Schneider Electric’s sustainability initiatives for over eight years. In 2019, the World Economic Forum awarded Schneider Electric the Circulators Award in part for its work in sustainable development.

  • Anita Ramasastry

Director, Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, University of Washington

Anita Ramasastry is a Professor of Law at the University of Washington, overseeing the institution’s Sustainable International Development program. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the UN’s Working Group on Business and Human Rights and Editor in Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is active on a number of committees focused on responsible development and protecting human rights around the world.

Assent’s own CSR experts Sarah Carpenter, Business and Human Rights Manager, Jared Connors, Senior Subject Matter Expert on CSR, and Abiola Okpechi, Subject Matter Expert on Business and Human Rights, helped establish this year’s criteria.

To learn more about how Assent helps companies manage their CSR data, contact our experts.

Tristan Worden
Content Writer

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