Andrew Petersen

Chief Executive Officer

BCSD Australia

Andrew Petersen has been the Chief Executive Officer, Director and Company Secretary of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia) since March 2011.Since 2013 he has been a Board Director of the Banksia Foundation, and in 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Advice of the University of Sydney Business School,and the Board of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation,the national co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment In 2014 Andrew secured BCSD Australia’s partnership with the world’s largest global CEO-led organisation on business sustainability, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development;throughout 2015-2016 was the focal point for the Australian Community Leader relationship with the Global Reporting Initiative, the world’s leading reporting standards institution. In 2018 the Natural Capital Coalition named BCSD Australia its Australian Focal Point; and the We Mean Business Coalition (comprising CDP, the Climate Group and WBCSD) welcomed BCSD Australia as its Australian Business Partner. In 2019 Andrew signed up BCSD Australia as the Australian Partner to the Business for Nature Coalition(, calling for action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet's vital natural systems on which economies depend. In 2017 Andrew took on up a position in policy direction and decision making for the vocational education and training (VET) sector,when BCSD Australia was appointed for a 3 year period to the Sustainability Industry Reference Committee, which convenes under the auspices of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee,under the direction oft he Industry Policy Section within the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training.Before becoming BCSD Australia’s CEO, Andrew had a25-plusyearlegaland policy career when he led an enviable reputation as legal advisor on matters relating to environmental risk, law and policy,including climate change, and as a thought leader and advisor on the business of sustainability in Australia and overseas, as a Partner of Price water house Coopers.Andrew holds dual degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Political Economics Major) (1983) and Bachelor of Laws(1985) from the University of Sydney

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