Charles Holliday was Chairman of Shell between 2015 and 2021, having previously served as a Non-Executive Director since September 2010. He was an early advocate of sustainability in business and has served on the boards of numerous global environmental organisations, including as former chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, co-chair of the UN’s high-level group on Sustainable Energy for All, and a board member of WWF, a leading conservation body.
He previously served as the chairman of the Bank of America Corporation, presiding director of Deere & Company, and a founding member of the International Business Council. He was Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to 2009, and Chairman from 1999 to 2009. Under his direction, DuPont established the mission to achieve sustainable growth by increasing shareholder and societal value while decreasing the company’s environmental footprint.
Charles Holliday co-authored the book “Walking the Talk”, which details the business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Washington Carver Award honouring individuals in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to sustainable economic growth through biotech innovation. In 2009, he was awarded the International Palladium Medal, an award given annually by the Société de Chimie Industrielle to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the chemical industry on an international level.