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Bob Langert    

Senior Sustainability Associate, The Context Network Editor at Large for GreenBiz & Author of "The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald's Sustainability Journey"

Bob Langert led McDonald’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability efforts for more than twenty-five years before retiring in 2015. Currently, he provides corporate sustainability consulting through Mainstream Sustainability.

Langert has been engaged in social responsibility issues at a global level since the late 1980s, leading environmental affairs, animal welfare, and Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities’ grants. He was appointed McDonald’s first vice president to lead sustainability in 2006 with contributions spanning sustainable fish, coffee, palm oil, beef, packaging, extensive animal welfare progress, protecting the Amazon rainforest, nutrition strategy and CSR reporting, measurement, and accountability. Langert also led the development of McDonald’s 2020 Sustainability Vision and Framework. As part of this work, Langert has worked with numerous organizations, including Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and World Wildlife Fund.

His book about McDonald’s sustainability journey, "The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey", was published in January 2019.

Widely known as a subject-matter expert, Langert has spoken at numerous events for various organizations, including Aspen Institute, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Lewis University, National Research Council, the State of Green Business Forum, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, and Yale University. He has been featured in a wide variety of media, including ABC News, AdAge, Christian Science Monitor, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He and his work also have been cited in numerous publications, including "Organizational Behavior" by Don Hellriegel and John W. Slocum (Cengage, 2008), "The Global Corporation: Sustainable, Effective and Ethical Practices" by Laura P. Hartman and Patricia H. Werhane, Eds. (Routledge, 2009), and "Beyond the Bottom Line" by Joel Makower (Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Langert received his BA from Lewis University and his MBA from Northwestern University. In 2007, Langert was named as one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

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Hard Knock Nuggets for Sustainability Success

Bob Langert will share “hard knock nuggets” on achieving environmental sustainability success in your organization. Langert led corporate sustainability at McDonald’s for nearly 30 years, and has worked with numerous companies to integrate sustainability into their business. Langert published “The Battle To Do Good: McDonald’s Sustainability Journey” in 2019 to share the hard lessons learned.

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