Tensie Whelan is a Clinical Professor of Business and Society and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern School of Business, where she brings her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability.
As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, recruiting more than 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries. She transformed the Alliance into an internationally recognized and credible brand. Tensie has sat on numerous corporate and non-profit Boards. Her work has been published by the Harvard Business Review and a range of business publications.
Tensie and the team at NYU Stern have developed the ROSI methodology, Return on Sustainability Investment, to further advance the business case for sustainability within companies and to help investors and corporate leaders bridge the gap between sustainability strategies and financial performance.
Tensie recently sat down with us as part of our ESG spotlight series, covering her research at the Center for Sustainable Business and why corporations should adopt sustainability metrics into their financial disclosure and performance.