Barrick Gold
BSR (nonprofit)
Caesars Entertainment
Ford Motor Co.
IFC/World Bank
Marathon Oil
Noble Energy
Southern Company
U.S. State Dept.
Waggener Edstrom
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Steve Voien Principle Consultant
Sustainability & Human Rights Reporting
Global Sustainability Standards
Sustainability Project Management
Stakeholder Communications & Engagement

Steve Voien helps companies articulate their Sustainability and Human Rights stories in ways that are credible, compelling and aligned with global standards. He also manages Sustainability initiatives and helps companies understand and engage their stakeholders productively.

Steve has project-managed, written, edited and developed GRI Indexes for 12+ Sustainability reports. He has also written and edited reports outlining a global mining company’s Human Rights Assessment program (most recently to 2015 UNGP Reporting Framework), and edited a Progress Report on the Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights.

Steve’s clients appreciate his deep expertise in global and industry-specific standards, frameworks and requirements. They also value his perspective, critical thinking and listening skills, and his professional approach to delivering results that meet client needs and integrate CSR more deeply into performance and outcomes.

Steve’s experience includes:
  • Worked with 15+ Fortune 500 companies
  • Launched CSR practices at two large communications-consulting firms
  • Five years at the nonprofit Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), leading member consulting projects and directing the Global Resource Center
  • Six years as a U.S. diplomat with environmental, human rights, and political-economic reporting responsibilities in Africa and the former Soviet Union

Recent Project: For $30 billion extractive project in Africa, project managed team responsible for developing ESG reports for government & lenders (Equator Principles).

Steve has published two political-environmental novels (In a High and Lonely Place, HarperCollins; Black Leopard, Knopf) to excellent reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post and People magazine (“Page Turner of the Week”) among others.

Selected Clients
Acorn International, Anadarko, Barrick Gold, BP, Caesars, Ford Motor Co., IFC, JPMorgan Chase, Kraft, Marathon Oil, Merck, Noble Energy, Oracle, Philip Morris (now Altria), Southern Co., Total, Toyota, USAID, Verizon

Country and Regional Experience
West Africa, the Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria), Lithuania, Ukraine

    2008 to present: Principal Consultant, VoienConsulting
  • For $30 billion project in Africa, managed team responsible for delivering ESG reporting to host government and lenders (Equator Principles)
  • Project managed, wrote, edited, and developed GRI and IPIECA indexes for 4 Sustainability Reports for mid-sized U.S. Oil & Gas companies
  • Wrote/edited 2 reports on a global mining client’s Human Rights Assessment program (most recent to 2015 UNGP Reporting Framework), and edited Implementation Progress Report on the VPs for Security & Human Rights
  • Co-led Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) trainings
  • For a global development bank, interviewed 50+ internal & external stake-holders to create a common global stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Provided strategic counsel, led research projects, wrote transparent, credible CR communications including executive talking points
  • Clients included: Anadarko, Barrick Gold, Brown-Flynn, Caesars, IFC, JPMorgan Chase, Marathon Oil, Noble Energy
    2007-2008: VP Global Corporate Citizenship, Waggener Edstrom
  • Launched and led Global Corporate Citizenship practice
  • Developed proposal for/co-led presentation to a top 5 Oil & Gas super major for a community vocational training project, winning a $3+ million account
  • Drafted/presented successful board proposal for business strategy and funding
  • Clients included: top 5 global Oil & Gas company
    2007: Principal Consultant & Founder VoienConsulting
  • Led business ethics/anti-corruption & bribery training for U.S. employees of a European Oil & Gas super major
  • Co-led extensive field assessment of USAID-funded democracy-building initiatives in Ukraine, Lithuania and the Balkans; the assessments were praised by USAID staff as among the most useful they had ever received
  • Clients included: Business for Social Responsibility, IFC, Total, USAID
    2003-2006: Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Edelman
  • Launched and led Edelman’s West Coast CSR consulting practice
  • Co-led successful stakeholder engagement for global automaker with a tough activist coalition (Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, Sierra Club)
  • Developed CR mission/vision for a leadership tech company
  • Led/wrote/edited CR reports for home & garden, energy, and pharmaceuticals
  • Clients included: Ford Motor Co., Kraft, Merck, Oracle, Schwab, Toyota
    1998-2003: Manager/Director, Business for Social Responsibility (nonprofit)
  • Benchmarked best practices in corporate anti-corruption & bribery initiatives and created strategic program recommendations for O&G super major
  • Developed strategy and staffing for new CSR department of a major telecom
  • Directed the Global Resource Center, which published CSR research/best practice white papers and a CSR resource website
  • Served as BSR point person for business ethics/values
  • Clients included: BP, Chevron, Levi’s, Philip Morris (now Altria), Verizon
    1989-1994: Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department
  • Influenced U.S. decision making through analysis and policy reporting on political-economic, environmental, labor, NGO, HIV/AIDS issues
  • Led a highly diverse consular team during a potentially overwhelming period of refugee influx, maintaining productivity and high morale
  • Managed extreme conflict situation in Liberia, negotiating with rebel warlord Charles Taylor and his lieutenants to gain Red Cross access and release U.S citizens trapped in the conflict zone
  • Postings: Bulgaria, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Washington, D.C.
  • Bachelor’s: World Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Additional coursework in economics and finance
  • Global Reporting Initiative; ISO 26,000; Radical Collaboration (conflict resolution); Managing Ethics in Organizations
Sustainability & Human Rights
  • Reporting
  • Project Management
  • Global Reporting &
    Performance Standards
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Research & Counsel
  • Consumer & Corporate
We brought Steve in to lead the ESG reporting team for a high-impact $30 billion project in Africa. He established credibility with our client quickly based on his deep understanding of global reporting standards and hands-on experience delivering Sustainability reports.
Our team and the client were very happy with Steve's project management and interpersonal skills. We look forward to working with Steve again and recommend him highly.
— Acorn International
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