Michael Sadowski
Vice President

’Constructive discomfort’ – a phrase coined by a former colleague – encapsulates why I love working at SustainAbility. I thrive on engaging and pushing my clients to broaden their notions of accountability and to think more creatively about how to thrive in the 21st century.

Based in New York, Michael leads SustainAbility’s work in the finance and consumer goods sectors and is a member of SustainAbility’s Management Team. Over his career, Michael has advised a variety of global companies on sustainability issues, focusing on strategy development, business case articulation, communications and stakeholder engagement. Michael’s past and current clients include Brown-Forman, Gap, Inc., Goldman Sachs, Holcim, HP, Nike and Standard Chartered. Michael plays a key role in SustainAbility’s research and advocacy work, and has researched and written on topics including the business case for sustainability in emerging markets (Market Movers), globalization (Raising Our Game), stakeholder engagement through web 2.0, engaging mainstream investors and retail sustainability (European Retail Digest, Winter 07-08).

Prior to joining SustainAbility, Michael was a Senior Consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainable Business Solutions practice, where he worked on a range of sustainability, compliance, governance and ethics engagements. Prior to this, Michael worked in finance, first at UBS, then at a hedge fund that invests in financial services firms.

  • – Columbia University, BA Economics
    – University of Michigan, MBA, MS Environmental Policy
Personal Interests
Spending time with family, vegan cooking, surfing, snowboarding, backpacking, and working at the Park Slope Food Coop
  • English


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