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David Young

Global Leader, Center for Climate & Sustainability



  • Master’s degree, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Bachelor’s degree, University of Mount Union


David Young

Global Leader, Center for Climate & Sustainability

Dave Young is the Global Leader of the BHI Center for Climate & Sustainability. Based in BCG’s Boston office, Dave is Managing Director & Senior Partner. Dave was named a BHI Fellow in 2019, with a focus on Sustainable Business Model Innovation.

BHI Center for Climate & Sustainability explores the needed pivots, scaling, speed, limits, and breakthrough in climate and sustainability within a systems perspective for large-scale systems change and adoption.

In 2022, Dave was named the #1 Sustainability Leader in Consulting by The Consulting Report. He is a frequent speaker, at events such as the UN Global Compact’s Leaders Summit and the World Humanitarian Forum, in addition to C-suite events of Fortune 500 clients. His work has been published in leading publications, including Harvard Business Review and the World Economic Forum.

Outside of work, Dave enjoys astronomy and travel.



Recent Work

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24 Minutes | January 12, 2023

Business Impact on Nature with Tony Goldner

"We've got to be Net Zero and Nature Positive at the same time. That requires extra capability, extra learning, extra knowledge, and extra tools to be parallel processing climate and nature together.”

BCG Henderson Institute | December 5, 2022

New Abundance: Resource Constraints as Strategic Opportunities

Coming resource constraints threaten the successful business models of today's companies. To find success in a new environment, businesses must find new abundance.

27 Minutes | November 18, 2022

The Challenges and Values of Achieving Organizational Sustainability with David Stanton

"The sustainability dialogue is not just about the environment locally, it's become about the environment globally. People are starting to put value on doing [sustainability] right and that is going to drive another round of innovation."

39 Minutes | October 27, 2022

Bringing Sustainability to the Fore in Fashion with Art and Annin Peck

"If I'm buying a billion units a year, but 30% of them create no economic value, I could buy just the 66-70% and create the same amount of economic value and eliminate the carbon footprint and all the waste associated with that."

33 Minutes | October 13, 2022

Corporate Governance and Sustainability with Peter Tollman and Ron Soonieus

Peter, Ron and Dave reflect on the challenges and opportunities that corporate boards and managers are presented with when establishing sustainability strategy.

32 Minutes | September 29, 2022

Continuous Process Improvement and Sustainability with Tony Thene

"Sustainability isn't something to do because it gets a lot of attention right now. For us, it's a key differentiator, it is a strategic driver to where it is going to enhance our bottom line."