Marie Baumgarts new head of sustainability at Sweden's SEB, Helen Clarkson named CEO of The Climate Group

Appointment of the month

Nordic financial services group SEB has appointed Marie Baumgarts as its new head of sustainability. Baumgarts was most recently director, corporate responsibility at telecoms operator Tele2.

Baumgarts started work straight after graduation in 2000. Her first position was as a project manager for real estate projects at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm. “At the time it was almost impossible to get an environmental job,” she says. “It was still too early for sustainability and corporate responsibility in business.”

Drawn to the CR sector by a “deep and profound interest in societal issues and in providing the same opportunities for everyone”, Baumgarts’ career has seen her working in areas that have interested her the most: the environment, due diligence, human rights and “defining a corporate ethical compass”.

She has previously consulted on sustainability and climate issues for EY, and has also worked as a project manager on major infrastructure projects in Sweden.

SEB has for many years worked systematically to integrate economic, social and environmental responsibility throughout all activities. It is the only Nordic bank included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Baumgarts is hoping to “take the next step in...

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