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David Simpson


David is an associate with Ethics at Work and Principal of InterPraxis. He is an experienced consultant specializing in ethics, corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement human rights impact assessments, anti-corruption, and sustainability auditing and assurance.

He is a former head of the Independent Accountability Mechanism at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the former Director of Standards and Collaborative Governance at the international think-tank AccountAbility, where he oversaw the development of the AA1000 Sustainability Assurance Standard. He has been an active contributor to the GRI, a technical committee member for the AA1000 Sustainability Standards and was Chair of the Assurance Technical Committee for Social Value International (formerly SROI). David was also an expert member of the International Working Group that published the ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility and ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System Standard.

A former Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy, David has led seminars with the United Nations University and has lectured at the University of Toronto, York University as well as at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He is frequently invited to deliver seminars, and has lead workshops in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Australia.

He has carried out important projects with private sector clients in the banking, insurance, investment, consumer products, apparel, food and beverage, and mining sectors. He has also worked with a number of governments and inter-governmental organizations (i.e. World Bank, IFC, UN, etc.) as well as with numerous nonprofit organizations from around the globe.

David holds a Master’s degree in International Social and Economic Development from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has both Canadian and British Citizenship and has language capabilities in English, French, and Spanish.