David Young is Managing Director and a Senior Partner for Boston Consulting Group, where he leads the firm’s total societal impact, ESG, and sustainability strategy. Young is a Fellow of the BCG Henderson Institute (BHI), where he leads research on Sustainable Business Model Innovation and the agenda for BHI’s Center for Climate & Sustainability. He is a member of BCG’s Climate & Sustainability Practice and Social Impact Practice. He engages with governments, companies, and investors across industries and geographies on sustainability strategy, advantage, and innovation.
Prior to rejoining BCG in 2016, Young served as the Global COO of World Vision International, accountable for its community development, humanitarian, microfinance, technical, and administrative operations enabled by 41,000 staff in over 80 nations, contributing to the well-being of 150 million of the world's most vulnerable children.
Young co-chairs the executive committee for the UN's Connecting Business Initiative, which brings corporations into emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Young is a member of the boards of KickStart International and the World Humanitarian Forum. He earned a master’s in systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s in physics, mathematics, and religion from the University of Mount Union.
Areas of expertise
Social Impact, Public Sector, Humanitarian Response, Industrial Goods
Climate change is the defining challenge of our time—and companies around the world are stepping up with ambitious net zero commitments. Boston Consulting Group’s climate and sustainability team helps clients turn those pledges into action and seize new opportunities to build competitive advantage.
Avoiding the most devastating impacts of a warming planet demands a step change. But while the task ahead is significant, there are signs that a fundamental shift to mitigate climate change is well underway. Change is sweeping every industry as companies reimagine how to incorporate sustainability into business. The early-movers are establishing leads in burgeoning new markets and capturing value created by the push for sustainability.
Boston Consulting Group’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services
BCG works with clients to accelerate their climate and sustainability journey. BCG helps them identify and harness climate innovation, embed sustainability at scale into their business, and capture the value they create. BCG’s work is as far-reaching as the challenge.
Climate Risk, Adaptation, and Resilience
Societies and economies must take action today to thrive in the future. BCG works with national and local governments and corporations to build their climate-risk resiliency.
Sustainable Investing and Finance
A growing number of large institutional investors today are incorporating sustainable finance into their portfolios.
Decarbonizing the global economy will require the rapid expansion of renewable energy sources and a firm embrace of business sustainability strategy by heavy industry. BCG is working with clients to pave the way forward.
Climate Innovation, Technology, and Growth
New technologies and business models are needed to drive the global economy to net zero by 2050. BCG’s team works with clients to accelerate the development and scaling of climate innovation that will protect the planet.
Sustainability Strategy and Transformation
Many companies underestimate the pace and scope of change required to achieve sustainability at scale. BCG works with clients to transform their business for a new decarbonized era.
Food Systems and Security
Agriculture is a major driver of global greenhouse gas emissions. BCG’s sustainability consulting team works with clients to develop strategies for addressing those emissions while strengthening the stability of global food systems.
Supply Chain Management and Procurement
Decarbonizing supply chains is a game-changer in the push to build a net zero global economy. BCG works with clients to adopt key levers and proven technologies to slash emissions and catalyze climate impact.
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