Mark McElroy

Center for Sustainable Organizations

Founder and Executive Director



Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D. is an accomplished innovator, consultant, author and educator in the theory and practice of corporate sustainability management. He currently manages a non-profit he founded in 2004 (Center for Sustainable Organizations), and teaches sustainability theory and practice in the MBA in Managing for Sustainability program at Marlboro College.

Dr. McElroy is particularly well known for his research in and development of tools, methods and metrics for measuring, managing and reporting the sustainability performance of organizations. In that regard, he is arguably the world’s leading developer, practitioner and advocate of Context-Based Sustainability and Multiple Capital Accounting, a new approach to management in which performance is seen as a function of what an organization’s impacts on vital capitals are. It is unique in the field.

Dr. McElroy is also a co-founding principal of Thomas & McElroy LLC, a small consultancy in the U.S and Europe. Along with his partner, Martin Thomas, an ex-Unilever finance executive, he co-developed the MultiCapital Scorecard, the world’s first quantitative implementation of Triple Bottom Line accounting. The MultiCapital Scorecard has since been piloted at several organizations and is an open-source offering.

Dr. McElroy is also a veteran of management consulting, having spent much of his career at Price Waterhouse, KPMG Peat Marwick – where as a partner he led a national practice – and IBM Consulting. More recently, Dr. McElroy led Deloitte Consulting’s Center for Sustainability Performance in Boston, MA, a think-tank dedicated to the study of sustainability measurement and reporting that he created.

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