With 11 years of global experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility, I help client companies achieve higher ESG performance. My experiences span North America and Europe, crossing sectors from manufacturing to entertainment. I specialize in the realignment of ESG programs, as well as the development of pioneering 'Sustainability Strategy 2.0' initiatives.

I am a citizen of 🇺🇸 America, 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇫🇮  Finland with the right to work in these countries and the entire EU.


Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA (2010)
Master's in  Sustainability and Environmental Management

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (2004)
Bachelor's in Psychology and Neuroscience

My work - In the News

(2023) Publication of client Sustainability Report
Optinova Group 2022 Sustainability Report Published Today
"Key highlights from the Optinova Group Sustainability Report 2022 include:

(2021) Interview in the BBC
Personal accountability encourages positive social behaviour.
"Imagine living on a little island in the Baltic Sea 100 years ago. You took care of your neighbours and they took care of you, because there was no one else. Somehow the Ã…landers haven't lost that kindness." Rather than an especially "cooperative" society, it's a "kind society aware of the strengths and failings of each other and accepting of each because we're all in this together."

(2019) On the Ã…land Islands of Finland I led a project to turn an empty historic building into a Pop-up Sustainable Small Business Center.

"New Business Concept Grows in Mariehamn" - Swedish text at Ã…landstidningen

"Michael will gather Ã…land businesses under one roof" - Swedish text at Nya Ã…land

"He plans a Sustainability Center in the Stone Warehouse" - Swedish text at Nya Ã…land

(2016) Contributing to the Regional Sustainability Plan with Bärkraft Åland (Page 10).

(2011) With the Patagonia volunteer team I helped clean-up a scenic rafting waterway - the Concord River.

"CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS... Patagonia Employees Make An Impact" - Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust

Professional Experience

Senior Sustainability Consultant & Project Manager, Freelance/Contract
Scandinavia/Nordic Markets, 2016 - Present (7+ years)

I improve ESG performance with custom sustainability programs and corporate responsibility strategies

Chief Sustainability Officer, Games Sport Casino
Finland, Sweden, Europe, 2011 - 2016 (5 years)

I created and operationalized a complete sustainability program from scratch

Senior Sales Associate and Store Key-holder, Patagonia Inc.

Boston MA, USA 2010 - 2011 (1.5 years)

Site Director
Town of Westford, MA, USA  2006 - 2009 (3 years)

Skills in Action


Academic Writings

Available at my Academia.edu Portfolio

Thank you for your time today.

Email:  michael.taevs@outlook.com

LinkedIn: Michael Taevs