Sustainable Solutions Lab

Security. Prosperity. Justice.

Faculty & Staff

Robert K. Massie

  • Executive Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab
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Bob Massie has been working on business, finance, governance, and sustainability for more than thirty years. Massie received his AB magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1978 and his master's degree in social and theological ethics from Yale Divinity School in 1982. He earned a doctorate in business policy and corporate strategy from Harvard Business School in 1989. From 1989 to 1996 he taught at Harvard Divinity School where he ran the Project on Business, Values and the Economy.

In 1993, as a senior Fulbright Scholar, he served on the faculty of the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business. His definitive history of the U.S. anti-apartheid movement—Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years—was published in 1998 by Doubleday. It received the Lionel Gelber Prize, the largest non-fiction prize in the world, given for the best book in English on foreign relations.

From 1996 to 2003, Massie served as the executive director of Ceres, a powerful coalition of institutional investors and environmental and public interest groups in the United States. In 1997 he proposed the creation of generally accepted guidelines for corporate sustainability performance, and from 1998 to 2005 he was the co-founder and first chair of the Global Reporting Initiative. The GRI is now an independent international standard setting body based in Amsterdam whose disclosure guidelines are used by more than 11,000 multinational corporations. 

In 2002 he conceived of the first Institutional Investor Summit on Climate Risk at United Nations headquarters, which led in 2003 to the formation to the Investor Network on Climate Risk. INCR is an active alliance of 100 U.S. pension funds worth more than $11 trillion who have moved dozens of major utilities, insurance companies, investment banks, and other key industries to assess the financial costs of climate change.

From 2012 to 2014 Massie was the president of the New Economy Coalition, an organization of more than 120 US, English, and Canadian organizations interested in new models of business and economics to achieve a just and sustainable world.

His current academic and research interests include the impact of disclosure and transparency on changing corporate sustainability performance, the evolution of corporate and institutional investor governance, the emerging transition to a multi-capital models of corporate identity, and the influence of global crises such as inequality and climate change in altering the focus and practices of capital markets and corporate strategy.