Ms. Leontien Hasselman-Plugge has been active in the field of sustainable development for fifteen years. She started at UNEP (Division of Technology, Industry and Economics) From 2004, she has been working for the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam She was involved in the revision of the 2002 GRI Guidelines and has coordinated the working group who was responsible for the reporting principles of the future GRI G3 Guidelines. She has been a former Director at the GRI focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and setting up the supply chain reporting programme. Her expertise is focused on communicating CSR performance by companies regardless size or sector, applying the GRI Guidelines, and the management process of sustainability reporting. She has trained many companies in understanding, measuring, improving and communicating CSR performance working primarily in the US, Australia, India, Brazil, China, and South America.
Leontien has been part of the special Task Force for SMEs of the United Nations Global Compact and collaborated with the European Expert Group of the European Commission on CSR and SMEs. She also collaborated with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank on their CSR Cluster project in the design and implementation of projects to improve SME competitiveness in Latin America through value chain and CSR strategies.
In 2009 she became a LEAD Fellow by completing the LEAD Europe Leadership for Sustainable Development Program. Leontien is now CEO of SIM Supply Chain Information Management. Her main aim is helping retailers and brands in the FMCG sector understanding their supply chain and using these insights to create change in environmental and social conditions. She has been part of many conferences and has written articles and publications on this topic. Ms. Leontien Plugge has a master’s degree in European Economic Law and Corporate Law from the University in Utrecht.