NEW YORK—Edelman has named Chris Deri to head its global corporate social responsibility practice, a newly created position. Deri, who is currently executive vice president in Edelman’s corporate and public affairs division, will be charged with continuing the expansion of Edelman’s CSR practice globally. He will continue to service his New York-based clients and report to president of the U.S. Eastern region and global head of the firm’s corporate practice Matthew Harrington.
During the past five years, Deri has helped build Edelman’s CSR offering, which now includes 75 professionals working across the Edelman network. Prior to joining Edelman in 2001, he headed business outreach and finance in the Northeast for former Vice President Al Gore, and earlier he served as director of institutional affairs for the National Minority AIDS Council, the largest AIDS advocacy organization in the United States.
Deri has overseen the development of several pieces of research including a report released this month on corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues in the blogosphere. He also led a team at Edelman that has developed the firm’s first corporate social responsibility report, which includes a current appraisal of the firm’s employee relations, corporate governance, environmental impact, community outreach and contributions to society.
“Corporate social responsibility has become a critical component of building and maintaining corporate reputations in the age of globalization and Chris has been an instrumental part of Edelman’s growth and success in this important area,” says Harrington.
Edelman currently works with CSR and sustainability clients across several offices and markets, including Starbucks in New York and Los Angeles; Chiquita in Brussels; General Electric in Washington, DC; InBev in New York, London and Brussels; the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York and Amsterdam; World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Brussels, London, New York and Washington, D.C.; and Business Roundtable in New York.