Pia Heidenmark Cook is an in-demand business advisor and speaker, specialising in how to develop and operationalise sustainability strategies.
Pia Heidenmark Cook has 25+ years of corporate ESG and sustainability experience with some of the biggest global organisations.
So successful in her line of work, in 2018 Pia Heidenmark Cook was named one of the top 10 female leaders in sustainability by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, named one of the top five climate change influencers by the Climate Group, and listed in the top 100 climate influencers on Twitter in 2020.
As of 2023, Pia is working as an advisor for a range of global companies, including IKEA, THE DO GROUP LTD, MAX Burgers, the Boards Impact Forum, Origin Materials, BUPA, Teneo, and Decathlon. Her experience ranges across industries, including retail, travel and tourism, health, innovation, and food.
Pia is an experienced global speaker, previously at high-level events within the UN, World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and EU bodies, and academia as well as keynote, panels, documentaries, podcasts, media interviews etc.
Pia Heidenmark Cook holds both a Technical Licentiate degree and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management, from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University, Sweden. More recently she obtained a degree from the International Directors Programme at INSEAD, France.
For over a decade, Pia worked for IKEA, firstly as The Head of Communications for the IKEA Foundation, followed by the Global Head of Sustainability, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Senior Advisor. During her time in sustainability, she lead the development and implementation of the ‘IKEA People and Planet Positive’ strategy. Together with her wider team, Pia looked at how businesses develop circular business models, launched new sustainable models, and provided advice to customers on how to live more sustainably. Whilst she worked for the company, IKEA ranked in the top three most sustainable brands in the world.
In the year that Pia left IKEA, their total climate footprint has decreased by almost 1.6 million tonnes of CO₂, meaning they are on track to meet its own 2030 positive climate goals.
As well as her time at IKEA, Pia has worked for a range of blue-chip companies on their sustainability. She was the Global Vice President for The Rezidor Hotel Group where she implemented the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme to ensure the company was socially accountable. She then moved to the International Business Leaders Forum as their Chairperson for the International Tourism Partnership, working on environmental issues. Then in 2014 she became the Co-Chair for The Retailer’s Environmental Action Programme, creating a forum to exchange best practices related to sustainability.
After her time at IKEA, she became a Trustee for the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, tackling the global challenges affecting our planet and its people. She is currently working in an advisory capacity for THE DO GROUP, who empower people to create a positive impact within their companies; MAX Burgers, which is Sweden’s most popular restaurant chains, where she worked on reduce their carbon footprint; the Boards Impact Forum which works alongside the World Economic Forum to accelerate climate actions in order to create a sustainable company and a sustainable world; Origin Materials, who aim to enable the world’s transition into sustainable materials in clothing, textiles, food, drink, plastics, car parts, etc.; BUPA, on their sustainability committee; Teneo, who advise a significant number of FTSE100 companies on issues including communication, investing, and management; and Decathlon, the world’s largest sporting goods retailer, where she sits as a Member of the Advisory Board (Committee Strategy).
Her expertise has seen her appearing on podcasts including A Sustainable Future, Outrage & Optimism, Leadership by Essenta Insights, and All In – The Sustainability Business Podcast. She has contributed to books such as CSOs At Work (2022) by Chrissa Pagitsas.
With sustainability a hot topic across the globe, Pia’s expertise in sustainability is highly respected, and she is in high demand for her keynote talks. She has spoken at events including the Boards Impact Forum, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, INSEAD, and the ESG/Climate Competent Boards’ executive training.
Implementing a Successful Sustainability Strategy
Sustainability and ESG in organisations
The Circular Economy
Global Climate Strategy
Change Management & Sustainability
She was truly outstanding and a real pleasure to work with.
Pia was an engaging and inspirational speaker. The presentation provided guidance on how to start sustainable transformation within the company: it was very focussed on the ‘how’ and the lessons learned through the process. Pia brought real examples of how to capitalise on sustainability across our value chain, beautifully connected the vital role that sustainability plays in our business as a consequence to the world and humankind. Bayer employees left the talk feeling energised: it was an excellent talk that fit the brief perfectly.
Bayer Consumer Health
Pia was amazing and the Coca-Cola team loved her, they left the session feeling very inspired and everything worked out perfectly with the pre-recorded Q&A.