Lorraine Smith

I’m not convinced that categories such as “green energy” or “sustainable consumption” are overly useful at this point. For any consumable to be sustainable, the energy used to create it and the infrastructure that enabled its creation must also be sustainable. We must solve for the whole to solve for the sum of the parts. It’s complex, but complexity is no excuse for inaction.

Based in New York, Lorraine Smith is an associate at SustainAbility after spending four years leading the east coast team. In this time she directed client projects on strategy and stakeholder engagement, and she lead SustainAbility’s Engaging Stakeholders network, informing and enabling the transparency efforts of over thirty companies dedicated to corporate accountability.

Over more than a decade of sustainability consulting work, she has facilitated executive engagements and external dialogue with global corporations in mining and metals, finance, retail, consumer products, food, agriculture, and manufacturing. Additionally, Lorraine’s expertise in sustainability reporting and transparency focuses on opportunities for transparency to drive performance above and beyond communications.

Before joining SustainAbility, Lorraine worked on sustainability projects with organizations from a range of industries, including many private sector clients, as well as not-for-profits such as Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the Evergreen Foundation.

Prior to her focus on sustainability, Lorraine worked as a Senior Business Analyst for Manulife Financial, as a Manager of Logistics for a New Zealand-based electronic engineering firm, as well as supporting fundraising and communications for World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Lorraine is fluent in French, and also speaks conversational German, Portuguese and Spanish. She has holds an Honours BA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

  • Honors BA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
  • English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese


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