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Sustainability Advisory Council

The Sustainability Advisory Council of DHL Group is an independent external body of experts from Science, Politics, Economics and other relevant fields. The Sustainability Advisory Council advises the Sustainability Steering Board and other functions within the Group on sustainability-related issues and thus plays a key role in supporting the implementation of the Group-wide sustainability roadmap. The knowledge and experience of the Council members ensures that a comprehensive outside-in perspective is obtained on all sustainability topics and thus further accelerates our endeavors. In this way, we can continuously improve and realize our goal of being the global leader in sustainable logistics.

Angela Crawford

Angela is the Co-Founder and Managing Member of the boutique law firm Crawford & Acharya pllc, which specializes in corporate ethics, compliance, and investigations. She has led over 150 compliance reviews and investigations of public and private entities in more than 20 countries around the world. Angela is currently a Member of the American Bar Association, a Board Member of the National Association of Black Compliance & Risk Management Professionals, and the Chair of Northwestern University's Law School Fund Board. Previously, she was a partner at a global law firm and an Assistant United States Attorney.

Suzanne Greene

Suzanne is the Global Purchasing Environmental Sustainability Director at Dow and is Subject Matter Expert on scope 3 carbon emissions. Additionally, she is a Member of the Horizon Zero Technical Advisory Group of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Advisory Council of the Smart Freight Centre, with whom she co-authored the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework, an industry standard for carbon accounting. In previous roles, she advanced research on low-carbon circular supply chains in her role as a Co-Founder and Manager of the Sustainable Supply Chains Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation & Logistics and the Metals, Minerals, and the Environment program at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative. Suzanne was also part of the Technical Advisory Group of the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

Prof. Dr. Axel Haller

Axel is the Head of the Department of Financial Accounting and Auditing at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is also Head of the working group 'Integrated Reporting and Sustainable Management' and Member of the working group 'External Corporate Accounting' of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. Moreover, Axel has been a member of several editorial boards of national and international academic journals. His research areas lie in (international) accounting, sustainability reporting and integrated reporting.

Dr. Barbara Hendricks

Barbara is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and as of 2023 she has been elected as a Member of the Presidium for the United Nations Association of Germany. She served as Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in the German government from 2013 until 2018. Previously, Barbara was Federal Treasurer of the SPD Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Moreover, she led the German delegations to the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima and the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, as well as to Marrakesh in 2016 and Bonn in 2017.

Sophie Punte

Sophie holds positions as Supervisory Board Member at Smart Freight Centre, a non-profit organization that promotes efficient and zero-emission global freight, and Milence, a company devoted to making the future of road transport free of fossil fuel. Additionally, she is Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Clean Air. As Founder and former Executive Director of the Smart Freight Centre, she played a key role in the industry-backed Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) to develop a global standard for calculating freight emissions. Previously, Sophie worked as a Managing Director of Policy at We Mean Business, Executive Director at Clean Air Asia, Project Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and at KPMG in the area of sustainability practices.

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD

Jörg is the President of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Economic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the Vice Chairman of the Economic Advisory Board of Deutsche Welle. Moreover, Jörg is a Research Professor at the ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich and Duisenberg Fellow of the European Central Bank (ECB). His research interests are in the areas of Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Financial Intermediation.

Daniel Schmid

Daniel is the Chief Sustainability Officer of SAP SE and is globally responsible for sustainability at SAP. Furthermore, he is the Chairman of the Board of econsense - Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V. and part of the Sustainability Research Advisory Board of The Conference Board. Daniel started his career as a Consultant in a CRM startup which was acquired by SAP. After holding various senior management positions within SAP Consulting across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he became part of a board project in 2008 to develop SAP's first strategic approach to sustainability.

Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is Senior Advisor to the Board of LAIQON AG (previously: Lloyd Fonds AG), member of the supervisory board of Anthos Fund & Asset Management B.V. and managing director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany. In a voluntary capacity, Michael is a member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Committee of the German federal government, a board member of DVFA, the Society of Investment Professionals in Germany, where he co-heads its Governance & Sustainability Commission. Before, Michael served on the executive board of Lloyd Fonds AG as Chief Investment Officer, after he had subsequently been a member of the management boards of Deka Investment and Union Investment. Prior to this, Michael worked in the asset management division of Deutsche Bank, in various roles ranging from portfolio manager to research head and investment team leader. He was also a member of the EU Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance ("HLEG").