Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen

Vice President, EMEA, BSR

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Peder Michael leads BSR’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as well as the organization’s global Research and Partnership Development teams. A member of BSR’s executive team, he also leads BSR’s Program Committee, which sets the organization’s programmatic priorities.

An experienced sustainability executive, Peder Michael works with the world’s leading companies in consumer, financial services, transportation, healthcare, and energy sectors on business strategy and operations to help them manage sustainability risks and opportunities. He is a member of several sustainability advisory boards, including the Kingfisher Net-Positive Advisory Board and the Melton Foundation Advisory Board, and he is a member of the UN Women/UNGC Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group.

Prior to joining BSR, Peder Michael was a key player in growing PricewaterhouseCoopers' sustainable business solutions practice in Copenhagen. He also spent five years with the Danish Foreign Service, where he worked on human rights in international development and foreign policy and served on the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women. Peder Michael served on the Danish Government’s Council on Corporate Responsibility from 2009-2012.

He speaks English, French, Danish, and Swedish, and holds an international M.B.A. and a B.S. in business administration, both from Copenhagen Business School.

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