Mary Foley

Expert Services Strategy Director

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Mary Foley has over 25 years’ experience in strategy and risk and is currently a Forbes Contributor in their Money > Investing Section. She has been a part of the current Enhesa team since 2020 and initially worked with its fore runner when it was first established over 25 years ago. She is now the Expert Services Strategy Director responsible for delivering EHS and Sustainability global regulatory intelligence to multinational corporate clients. 

Mary’s extensive experience covers consulting, certification and assurance (including ISO Standards), and SaaS services related to Risk Management specifically for EHS and Sustainability issues across a wide variety of sectors.  

Mary graduated with a BSc and an M.Phil. in Mineral Surveying and EIA from the University of South Wales before working as an environmental scientist at GIBB Environmental (now Jacobs) where she became a Board Director for GIBB Ireland in 1999. In 2001, she joined ENGIE UK & Ireland as its Marketing Director where she spent 4 years before joining DNV in 2005, one of the world’s largest certification bodies, focusing on providing Business Assurance services for the oil & gas, manufacturing and software sectors. Mary then held the position of Strategic Account Director at Alcumus, working with food, retail, hospitality, property management and manufacturing sectors delivering SaaS based EHS risk services and, more recently she was the Strategic Account Director at Golder UK (now WSP Golder), responsible for strategic development within the firm’s Transaction and Compliance business unit. 

During her career she has seen the evolution of EHS and Sustainability compliance and its impact on business. She feels very strongly that her role has always been to help companies understand the role of EHS and Sustainability compliance as viewed through a risk-based lens. Mary’s belief is that understanding and managing the risks associated with non-compliance ensures that companies focus on what is important to their business and to their stakeholders across their value chains. She is a firm advocate of open and transparent communication allied with cross team collaboration and knowledge sharing. This, she feels, is fundamental to ensuring successful and sustainable enterprises.  With her knowledgeable and experienced colleagues at Enhesa, she provides assistance and guidance to organisations in order to support a safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable world for individuals, businesses, and the global community. “It has been very rewarding to see these topics become more and more relevant and embedded in business practices over the course of my career. A sustainable business is one that is still operating in years to come.” 

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2024 – Sustainability Is Now A Critical Link In Corporate Talent Strategy – Forbes Article

2024 – ESG Ratings Get Regulated: Why That’s A Good Thing For Businesses – Forbes Article

2024 – Businesses Confront The Data Challenges Of Sustainability – Forbes Article

2024 – 500+ New Reasons To Sweat The Details On Sustainability: Global And Local Rulemaking Proliferates – Forbes Article

2024 – Businesses Beware: Greenwashing Is The New Goldmine For Litigators – Forbes Article

2024 – The case for continuous (compliance) improvement – Blog article

2024 – Sustainability reporting: how global trends affect compliance – Webinar

2024 – Beware: The Scaled-Down CSDDD Regulation Still Has Bite – Forbes Article

2024 – Demystifying ESG reporting, ensuring CSRD compliance – Webinar

2024 – Businesses can transcend anti-ESG rhetoric by taking the emotion out of regulation – IFLR article

2024 – Businesses Scramble As Global Regulators Set Their Sights On Biodiversity Impacts – Forbes Article

2024 – The U.S. Is All In On Green Incentives. Will It Work? – Forbes Article

2024 – Reports Of The Death Of ESG Are Greatly Exaggerated – Forbes Article

2024 – Managing climate change regulations in an evolving landscape – Blog Article

2024 – Integrating EHS into Your Sustainability Strategy – Webinar

2024 – Managing EHS risk in changing regulatory landscapes – Webinar

2024 – The compliance loop – webinar

2024 – Reinforcing EHS regulations with continuous compliance – Whitepaper

2024 – The Auditors Are Coming To Corporate Sustainability Reporting – Article

2024 – IPMI EHS Management Institute 2024 – Conference

2024 – Do Big Businesses Have A Moral Obligation To Help Suppliers Improve Their Sustainability? – Article

2023 – France Introduces Possible Jail Time As Penalty For Non-Compliance With Sustainability Disclosure – Article

2023 – Ignore The SEC’s ESG Agenda At Your Own Risk – Article

2023 – Navigating the new frontiers of Risk Management: insights from Mary Foley on FT Banking Risk and Regulation – Article

2023 – Do Big Businesses Have A Moral Obligation To Help Suppliers Improve Their Sustainability? – Article

2023 – From Greenwashing To Green Hushing: Businesses Are Struggling To Find The Right Balance On Sustainability Reporting – Article

2023 – Beware Oversimplification Of Sustainability – Article

2023 – #RISK London – Conference

2023 – Companies Need To Get Serious About Materiality – Article

2023 – EHS & ESG Myths vs. Truths – Article

2023 – ISSB Standards Reveal Finance Is The Fuel For Sustainability – Article

2023 – Looking to the ESRS for clues on the future of ESG regulation – Article

2023 – Effectively navigate global developments in sustainability and ESG – Webinar

2023 – Now is not the time to pivot from ESG – Article

2023  – IPMI EHS Management Institute – Conference

2023 – Webinar: Build your best EHS compliance culture (with Bruce Adler) – Webinar

2023 – Industrial Safety Worx – Conference

2023 – EHS Congress – Conference

2022 – ESG & Sustainability reporting: Changes and how to get ahead – Webinar

2022 – ISSB, SEC, CSRD & more in standardizing sustainability – Report

2022 – ISO 14001 / ISO 45001: Keys to showing compliance – Webinar

2022 – ISO in numbers: A look behind the ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 boom – Article

2021 – ESG & Sustainability Reporting: Enhesa shares 3 things to know about the future – Article