Published: July 19, 2021

FPW UN UNPFII 2018It is with heavy hearts to learn of the passing of Mark E. Meaney, Ph.D.

Dr. Meaney was instrumental in homing First Peoples Worldwide at the University of Colorado Boulder, facilitating deep and lasting partnerships between the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility (CESR) at the Leeds School of Business. He was a co-author of Social Cost and Material Loss: The Dakota Access Pipeline, bringing together a cross-disciplinary team between Colorado Law and CESR to forward scholarship on the material costs associated with social risks of development. Dr. Meaney also developed and deployed Leading with Ethics in Achieving the SDGs, an online certificate program for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

“Mark understood at the highest level the intersection of human rights and pathways forward for more equitable and sustainable business,” said Kate Finn, Executive Director of First Peoples Worldwide. “His contributions were numerous to First Peoples Worldwide, and we cherish his endless support, kindness and profoundly deep knowledge and insights. Our hearts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

See further reflections from students, faculty, and staff who recalled “a tireless mentor who was a global authority on sustainability.”

Photo (l-r): Mark Meaney, Carla Fredericks and Dave Archambault II at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples in 2018. Via.