Robert Eccles, PhD

Bob is a Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School and the Chairman of Arabesque Partners, an ESG quant fund. Arabesque is based in London and its research group is based in Frankfurt. He was the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and one of the founders of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

The focus of Bob’s research and professional activities is on what changes in the capital markets are needed to support sustainable development. This includes the integration of the material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in resource allocation decisions by both companies and investors. Integrated reporting, a topic on which Bob has written two books (One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy with Michael P. Krzus and The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives, and Materiality with Michael P. Krzus and Sydney Ribot), is one mechanism for enabling this integration process. Another is an annual board “Statement of Significant Audiences and Materiality.” This idea is the basis of a campaign being done in collaboration with the American Bar Association’s “Task Force on Sustainable Development” and the UN Global Compact.

Bob received an S.B. in Mathematics and an S.B. in Humanities and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973. He received his A.M. in Sociology in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1979, both from Harvard University. He is an Honorary Fellow of the ACCA.