Meet Toby Simpson

Posted on May 5, 2017 by Hank Boerner – Chair & Chief Strategist

#Business & Society #Corporate Citizenship #Corporate Responsibility #Corporate Sustainability #Sustainability Professionals 

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School
On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.
An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course.  For information about the course and to register, visit:
Meet one of your course leaders:
Toby Simpson, Senior Client Success Manager, EcoVadis
Topic:  “Supply Chain Engagement @ Johnson & Johnson”

A conversation with Toby:
Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
My role at EcoVadis is to ensure our clients have the ability and resources available to them in order to assess their suppliers across a range of CSR issues.  This requires me to have a general sense of salient CSR issues across a variety of industries and regions (global perspective). In addition, depending on the client, I may be primarily speaking with their procurement, EH&S, compliance or sustainability teams.  Being able to engage these individuals on their concerns is key to the success of a program. 
Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
Attendees with gain a deeper understanding of the drivers and benefits companies recognize, from those who are using EcoVadis services.  These include customer program highlights (such as those of J&J and Tessy), from a best-in-class sustainable procurement program viewpoint, and the evolution of supplier engagement (including buy-in, achievement and actions).
Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
The CSR “umbrella” is today quite large; finding the best area that suits your strengths, drive (“mindset”) and understanding will allow you to grow into an emerging field that has amazing growth potential.
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Career Background:  Toby Simpson
EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform enabling companies to assess the environmental and social performance of their global suppliers.  EcoVadis combines technology and expertise to deliver simple, reliable “Supplier Sustainability Scorecards”; these cover 150 purchasing categories, 21 CSR indicators; 150 countries; and EcoVadis ratings are comparable with the Global Reporting Initiative reporting frameworks and other standards.  This helps to reduce risks and help companies innovate in their supply chain activities.
Toby has been with EcoVadis Inc. since 2013.  As part of the Global Client Success Management team, he is based in New York City and is responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of the EcoVadis solution within Fortune 500 corporate accounts (leading companies in the Pharma, Telco, and Food Sectors).
Prior to EcoVadis, Toby managed a portfolio of residential energy efficiency and water conservation programs throughout New York City.  Toby holds a Graduate Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School and is LEED AP BD+C accredited professional.
For information about the course and to register, visit: