Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
Steve Rochlin is co-Founder and co-CEO of IO Sustainability. IO (Impacts and Outcomes for Sustainable Development) identifies strategic solutions for private, public, and civil sector organizations that maximize economic, social, and environmental value for the long-term. He is also President of IO's sister 501(c)3 non-profit, the Institute for Sustainable Development.
Steve has over 20 years of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility (S&CR). He has advised leading companies across a wide variety of industry sectors on how to improve sustainability performance in a way that drives competitive success. He has been a senior executive at two leading S&CR organizations. For AccountAbility he served as the Director of Global Advisory Services and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Director of Research and Development. Under his leadership both organizations demonstrated growth in revenues, reputation, and international presence.
Steve is co-author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets. He is also lead author of the landmark study: Project ROI: Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Executives and Managers frequently engage Steve to advise on designing enterprise-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Strategy, building Sustainably Competitive Business Strategies, Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, Measuring the Returns and Impacts from S&CR, Designing Effective Management and Governance Structures for S&CR, Enhancing Reputation, Communicating Sustainability Performance, Effective Reporting, Community Investment Strategy, Base of the Pyramid Strategy, and Partnership Development among others. He is an expert facilitator and corporate trainer. He is frequently asked to speak on S&CR topics in conferences around the world. Steve serves on the Advisory Boards for Wharton's Initiative on Global Environmental Leadership, New Earth(inventors of the Social Hotspots Database and Handprinter Initiative), and for the Global Services Leadership Initiative of the Meridian International Institute. Steve was named one of the first Senior Fellows of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center.
Steve started his career in the arena of Innovation and Technology-based Economic Development for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the National Academy of Sciences. He obtained his MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and his A.B. from Brown University.