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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.
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.
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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.