Bill Shireman
Bill Shireman

Bill Shireman

President and CEO of the Future 500, "Master of Environmental Entrepreneurism"

Speaking Topics

  • Industrial Ecology
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Issues
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Green Business
  • Rethinking Environmental Law
  • Global Conflict Resolution

Travels From

  • CA

Speaker's Fee Range

    $20,001 - $40,000

Bill Shireman

Bill Shireman's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Called a "master of environmental entrepreneurism," William Shireman has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing programs that align the interests of major corporations and their stakeholders. Bill Shireman develops profitable business strategies that drive pollution down and profits up. As President and CEO of the Future 500, Bill Shireman helps the world's largest companies and most impassioned activists - from Coca-Cola, General Motors, Nike, Mitsubishi, and Weyerhaeuser, to Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and the Sierra Club - work together to improve the profits and performance of business.

Professional peacemaker.

--- New York Times

Advocating technology as a driver of green growth, Bill Shireman has led the development and deployment of these and other tools, at diverse companies in Asia, Europe, and throughout North America. While CEO of the largest state recycling lobby in the U.S., he wrote California's bottle bill recycling law, shown by EPA and academic studies to be the world's most cost-effective. He advocates market-based environmental policies - contending they can be more effective than many command-and-control laws.

Most recently, with former Mitsubishi CEO Tachi Kiuchi, Bill Shireman wrote the popular book, What We Learned In The Rainforest - Business Lessons from Nature, featured in the Harvard Business Review, which declares the business-as-machine era over, and shows how companies can become as innovative as the rainforest, leveraging feedback to grow more profitable and sustainable than ever.

A frequent speaker, Bill Shireman has keynoted numerous conferences and venues, including the State of the World Forum, World Future Society, The Commonwealth Club, EcoTech, The Conference Board, and corporate and environmental events.

More About Bill Shireman . . .
Bill Shireman builds alliances between companies like Coca-Cola, General Motors, Weyerhaeuser, and Mitsubishi, and activists like the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and Global Exchange. He forged a coalition with brewer Bill Coors to design and pass California's "bottle bill" recycling law - responsible for recycling over 100 billion cans and bottles. Bill Shireman also structured a deal between Mitsubishi and Rainforest Action Network - now adopted by over 400 companies - that saved millions of acres and led to what environmentalists call "the biggest step forward in North American forest protection in decades."

Bill Shireman and his team developed a global corporate citizenship program deployed globally by The Coca-Cola Company and is now being deployed throughout their 300-company network. He developed a "360" process for measuring corporate sustainability now used by leading electronics, energy, auto, management consulting, and financial services companies.


Suggested Keynote Programs
  • LEADERSHIP IN CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY:
    A Primer for Executives and Board Members
  • INNOVATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
    Leadership Opportunities for Executives
  • CHINA AND GLOBAL CORPORATIONS ON THE WORLD STAGE:
    What to Expect for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
  • WHAT WE LEARNED IN THE RAINFOREST:
    Innovation and Sustainability in Nature and Business
  • HOW TO WIN THE WAR AGAINST HATE:
    The Art and Science of Engagement
What People Are Saying

"All the knowledge we need to create sustainable, profitable businesses is right there in the forest. Bill Shireman shows us how to learn from it."

--- Bill Coors, Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Coors Brewing Company