David J. Vidal
Senior Fellow, Initiative on Sustainability
David J. Vidal is senior fellow, The Conference Board Initiative on Sustainability. Since joining The Conference Board in 1997, he has initiated and been responsible for research and program development in corporate citizenship and sustainability, corporate responsibility, corporate philanthropy, community engagement, and corporate security and pandemic preparedness. He led the production of more than 60 studies, reports, newsletters and articles spanning these issues, and served as publisher of Across the Board, now The Conference Board Review®.
Vidal is active in industry leadership activities as a member of the judge’s panel of the CERES Sustainability Reporting Awards, the Newsweek/Daily Beast Green Rankings Advisory Panel, the International Advisory Board of Brazil’s Instituto Ethos, the Giving USA Advisory Council on Methodology, and the U.S. Advisory Council of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Before joining The Conference Board, Vidal was vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations, assistant vice president at Continental Insurance, vice president of The Continental Corporation Foundation, and director of public affairs for the New York City Partnership, a CEO-led civic, housing, and education group. As a special assistant in the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for International Development, and later as a Washington-based consultant, he served in staff and advisory capacities in the Carter and Reagan administrations. As a journalist, he was a correspondent and editor with the Associated Press and the New York Times in New York and throughout Latin America.
Vidal has an AB degree in romance languages and literature from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fulbright Scholar, and a White House Fellow.
Publications by David J. VidalExecutive Action Report
Ready or Not: Companies and the Sustainability Tipping Point
23 February, 2010
Key Questions in Pandemic Planning
18 May, 2009
Reward Trumps Risk: How Business Perspectives on Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Are Changing
09 November, 2006
Are Businesses Doing Enough To Prepare for a Pandemic?
05 July, 2006
Gaining Momentum in Mainstream Investing . . . or Not?
07 October, 2005
Business and Sustainability in China: Company Responses to a National Priority
01 December, 2011
Expanding the Investment Frontier: Factoring Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria into Investment Analysis
26 October, 2005
Consumer Expectations on the Social Accountability of Business
30 September, 1999