Vice Chair, Social Impact, Climate & Sustainability; Managing Director & Senior Partner
Wendy Woods is Boston Consulting Group's Vice Chair, Social Impact, Climate & Sustainability. Based in Boston, she has worked extensively across Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Wendy is responsible for BCG's work in climate and sustainability; diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable and innovative finance; global health and development; education; and humanitarian response. She works with businesses, investors, governments, and social sector organizations, helping clients rethink business’s role in society, create inclusive and sustainable strategies and operations, improve effectiveness, develop public-private partnerships, and drive positive change. She has deep experience in global health, having worked on HIV, TB, malaria, diarrheal disease, pneumonia, and oncology issues and across drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. Wendy was deeply involved in BCG's COVID response work in many geographies, and led BCG's work with the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) during the 2014-15 outbreak.
Wendy is passionate about improving cooperation across the private, public, and social sectors to help solve the world's most intractable problems, as highlighted in her TED talk, “The business benefits of doing good,” and helping businesses achieve sustainability and competitive advantage, as described in her second TED talk, "Collective cooperation in the social sector.”
Wendy is a member of the Advisory Council for the Tent Partnership for Refugees and the Elevate Prize Foundation, as well as a board member for OpenSC, a company focused on creating transparent, verified, sustainable, and fair wage supply chains.
Prior to joining BCG, Wendy worked as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and as a Senior Economist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sanda Ojiambo, assistant secretary-general and CEO of the UN Global Compact, speaks with BCG’s Wendy Woods about the need for public-private partnerships and coalitions to advance the climate agenda.
In this far-reaching conversation, BCG’s Wendy Woods joins Google’s Kate Brandt to discuss greener cities, emerging AI capabilities, accurate emissions measurement, and empowering individuals to make a sustainable impact.
A new report by The Rockefeller Foundation and Boston Consulting Group finds that without standardized taxonomies, it can be difficult—if not impossible—for catalytic investors to trace financing flows and pinpoint gaps that they can meaningfully target.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our global food systems are struggling to feed those most at risk.
Institutional investors were late to realize the alpha potential of clean tech and other environmental investments. They should avoid making the same mistake with social impact.
African governments must develop a response that is comprehensive, adaptive, and implemented effectively in order to take fast action in several areas.
As environmental, social, and governance issues become material to business with increasing speed, investors must equip themselves to react rapidly and flexibly.
The impact of COVID-19 in Africa may be mitigated by the youthful population—but a constrained health system and high incidence of other health conditions will intensify the challenge.
Telcos can capitalize on broadening societal expectations to build new sources of revenue and business.
This year at Davos, the conversation examined issues facing the entire global community. The conference explored how the Earth's population can strategically improve climate change and reduce the financial insecurities associated with that change for businesses.