Leo Johnson is a Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, advisors since 2004 to over 50 international financial institutions around the risks and opportunities of sustainability.
Leo Johnson’s specialization is making sense of sustainability, pinpointing the mega-trends that will impact business performance — from climate change, to price shocks in water, oil and food, to shifts in consumer preferences — then laying out the risks and opportunities for the financial sector and its core clients—from insurance, and commercial banking to private banking, asset management, private equity and the real sector.
On behalf of Sustainable Finance, Leo Johnson has worked since 2003 on the rollout of the Equator Principles, an industry standard for environmental and social due diligence, that has grown from an initial four to sixty banks, representing over 90% of cross-border project finance. In 2004, Leo Johnson was awarded the IFC Corporate Award for his work in this area.
In 2006, Leo Johnson worked with the Financial Times and IFC to establish the Financial Times Sustainable Banking Awards, an industry award now receiving over 180 entries from international banks, asset managers and private equity groups. Leo Johnson served as a Judge for the inaugural awards and has acted on behalf of Sustainable Finance as Technical Advisor to the FT for the Awards since their inception. Leo Johnson is Sustainability Adviser and Judge for the Prix Pictet—a Prize for Photography around sustainability issues for which Kofi Annan is the Honorary President. He is on the Advisory Board of Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI).
Leo is the author of IFC's best practice publication: "Beyond Risk: Sustainability and the Emerging Markets Financial Sector”. He comments on sustainability for CNBC and has contributed guest columns to the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. A Contributor to UNEP’s Working Capital Report on the financial sector and sustainability, he is the author of “The Future of Finance: Sustainable Banking and the Banco Real Model”, to be published in the forthcoming 2008 INSEAD collection of essays on best practice in sustainable banking.
Leo has an MBA from INSEAD. He holds an M.Sc. in Resource and Environmental Economics from University College London, where he was Dow Scholar, and a B.A. from New College, Oxford, where he was Stephens Scholar.