James Sullivan


Head, SAP Global Sustainability Center of Excellence



Jim Sullivan brings over 19 years of experience to his role as Vice President, Sustainability Management & Strategy at SAP. Jim joined SAP in June 2009 with the Clear Standards acquisition. In his current role, Jim is responsible for providing strategic advice to help SAP and its customers, partners and analysts identify and achieve tangible shareholder value through proactive resource management and for helping them understand and employ technology solutions to profitably reduce environmental impacts across global business operations. Prior to joining SAP, Jim was Vice President of Strategy and Advisory Services at Clear Standards.

Formerly Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program and acting Branch Chief of EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry programs, Jim is an internationally recognized expert on policies and measures to combat climate change. Jim’s previous work included developing and analyzing performance metrics for U.S. climate programs and serving as UNFCCC expert reviewer of the European Union’s climate policy. Prior to his service at EPA, Jim worked at Skadden, Arps as an environmental specialist.

Jim represents SAP on the Steering Committee of The Sustainability Consortium where he co-chairs the IT Standards and Tools Workgroup and various technical workgroups of the WRI GHG Protocol Product/Supply Chain initiative. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers, and sits on the advisory boards to the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Sustainable Brands. A frequent speaker at environmental and climate change related events, Jim is a strong advocate of industry efforts to implement meaningful, verifiable energy efficiency and emissions reduction programs.

Jim holds a Masters of Science from John Hopkins University and a BA in History from Brown University.

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