Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Riva Krut was named vice president and chief sustainability officer for Praxair, Inc. in December 2012. She leads the company’s integration of sustainable development into the overall corporate strategy and leads the development of corporate-wide metrics as well as targets and performance management. Krut is responsible for maintaining Praxair’s external reputation for sustainability excellence in addition to identifying and engaging with relevant stakeholder groups. She also leads Praxair’s community engagement program.
Krut has 25 years of experience as a sustainability and environmental management consultant to several leading multi-national companies. She joined Praxair in February 2008 as executive director, sustainable development. Before joining Praxair, she was a consultant on environment and sustainable development, delivering projects for Toyota North America, Avon Products, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority Department of Capital Projects, and the American Chemistry Council; and research for UNCTAD, UNRISD, US EPA and US AID. Krut holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of London, U.K., and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
She serves on the Board of Green Seal, Inc., a Washington D.C.-based product environmental standard-setting organization, and as Chair of the Amsterdam-based Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC), that has responsibility to ensure that the standard-setting activities of the GSSB are conducted in accordance with its due process.
Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2016 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.