Executive Vice President & Head of ESG, Edelman
Heidi DuBois is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) expert with two decades of experience in the legal, corporate governance and sustainability areas. Heidi has advised numerous companies on ESG strategy, execution and reporting; engagement with investors and other stakeholders; and partnerships with NGOs and civil society organizations to advance ESG objectives.
Heidi is passionate about defining the evolving role of business in society, grounded in the proposition that companies with a clear sense of purpose are better positioned for long-term success. As Head of ESG Heidi works with boards and senior executives on the design, execution and communication of their ESG strategies to multiple stakeholders. Prior to joining Edelman, Heidi was ESG Director for the Society for Corporate Governance, where she developed new programs and managed thought leadership and engagement on emerging ESG trends for boards of directors, business leaders, and corporate governance professionals. Previously, she oversaw the corporate social responsibility and philanthropic functions for BNY Mellon and was instrumental in redesigning the firm’s approach to ESG reporting and communications, as well as executing partnerships with external stakeholders, including the United Nations Foundation. She also co-authored reports on the opportunities inherent in gender-lens investing, one of which launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Earlier in her career, Heidi practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before serving in positions of increasing responsibility in governance and sustainability at Assurant and PepsiCo. She helped establish the Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum, focusing on evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices as contributors to long-term value creation.
Heidi holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law School and the GreenBiz GreenFin Summit. She is a past member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Forum, a past president of the New York chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance, and serves as a Trustee for the Unitarian Church of All Souls.
Heidi resides in New York City with her husband and daughter.
(Biography and photo from the Edelman website)