Deborah Leipziger

Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

Deborah Leipziger is an author, lecturer and advisor in the field of Corporate Responsibility (CR). She advises companies, governments, and UN agencies on CR and sustainability issues. She has advised leading multinational companies on strategic and supply chain issues, as well as a wide range of CR initiatives, including the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Environment Programme, and Social Accountability International.

She is the author of The Corporate Responsibility Code Book, now in its second edition (Greenleaf, 2010) and Social Accountability 8000: The Definitive Guide to the New Social Standard (FT Prentice Hall, 2001), and co-author of Living Corporate Citizenship (FT, 2002) and Corporate Citizenship: Successful Strategies of Responsible Companies (FT, 1998). Her books have been translated into Portuguese, French, Korean, and Chinese.

Ms. Leipziger has trained representatives from hundreds of companies on CR issues, in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Peru and El Salvador. A frequent lecturer, she has had the opportunity to lecture to students at Cornell University, Marlboro College, and Wellesley. She is currently working to develop a Sustainability Fellowship Program with several graduate programs at leading Boston-based universities.

She serves as a member of several boards including the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investment for Aviva plc in the UK and the Center for Ethics at Manhattanville College, USA. She has served on the International Board of Advisors of Instituto Ethos in Brazil.

Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger has a Masters in Public Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College in Economics and International Studies. For more information visit