Allen White

Allen White

Allen White is Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, where he directs the institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign. He co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative and Corporation 2020, and founded the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. He has advised multilateral organizations, foundations, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and NGOs on corporate sustainability, governance, and accountability. Dr. White has served on boards, advisory groups, and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, Business for Social Responsibility, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University. Dr. White has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University, and Battelle Laboratories and is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru.

GTI Contributions
Response to Comments
GTI Forum

Contribution to GTI Forum Corporations in the Crosshairs

December 2019

Roundtable contribution on Human Rights - Allen White
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Human Rights

April 2018

Roundtable contribution on Global Government - Allen White
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Global Government

October 2017

To get beyond the gradualism and timidity of today’s international institutions, we’ll need a robust global movement.

What's Luck Got to Do with It?

April 2017

In Success and Luck, Robert Frank underscores the role of "dumb luck" in determining winners and losers, debunking the cherished myth of meritocracy. But how can we get the fortunate to share the spoils?

Commentary on Against Ecocide - Allen White
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "Against Ecocide"
An exchange on the viewpoint Against Ecocide: Legal Protection for Earth

August 2016

Social Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)—the analysis of social impacts spanning the complete value chain of a product or process—has never been more important than it is today for understanding and correcting widespread social injustices. In an increasingly interdependent world, we need to think and analyze systematically. Social LCA helps us expose in systemic fashion the social consequences of the dominant global development paradigm and, in so doing, has a vital role to play in redirecting global change towards a Great Transition future.

Commentary on The Degrowth Alternative - Allen White
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "On Degrowth"
An exchange on the viewpoint The Degrowth Alternative

February 2015

When the World Rules Corporations: Pathway to a Global Corporate Charter
When the World Rules Corporations: Pathway to a Global Corporate Charter

August 2010

The ascent of transnational corporations poses fundamental questions of accountability, regulation, and democratic process. Although their footprints cross continents, TNCs still operate under legal licenses granted by national or state authority. In order to rectify the incongruence between global impacts and state control, and to align corporate behavior with social and ecological purpose, we propose a World Corporate Charter Organization. By defining the obligations of TNCs, global charters would balance the current emphasis of international institutions, such as the World Trade Organization, on TNC rights. With public concern about corporate power on the rise, the moment is propitious for establishing transnational governance of transnational corporations, a precondition for attaining just and sustainable societies.

Transforming the Corporation
Paper Series
Transforming the Corporation

Allen White traces the genesis, growth, and evolution of the modern corporation and its role in wealth creation. He outlines a vision for the future of the corporation that reflects the core values of human solidarity, ecological sustainability, and quality of life. He then explores the way forward to realize such a values-based shift in the design and operation of the corporation.