Ernst Ligteringen is Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI),a network-based non-governmental organization that aims to drive sustainability reporting by all organizations. Ernst has held this position since 2002, when GRI was established as an independent organization with an international Secretariat in Amsterdam. Ernst is a member of GRI’s multi-stakeholder Board of Directors, which has charged GRI with the mission of making sustainability reporting common practice.
Before joining GRI, Ernst had a 23-year career in various non-governmental and international organizations, including postings and missions in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. His posts included Executive Director of Oxfam International, Director of Programme Coordination of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Consultant to the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization at the International Labour Organisation.