Florian Johannes Beranek


Lead Senior Expert on Responsible Business Development (RBD)

Mr. Florian Johannes Beranek, 58, Austrian, is a Lead Senior Expert on Responsible Business Development (RBD). Since 2009 he is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, working mainly for UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and other global organizations and business platforms.

Mr. Beranek holds an MSc degree in CSR and Ethical Management from the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna, Austria. Before starting his UN assignments, he worked for several years consulting international companies and organizations mainly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and India as a senior partner of The CSR Company Ltd., Austria.

Key competence: to inspire business people taking action, now!

  • Top senior-level knowledge around RBC (Responsible Business Conduct), supply chain compliance and sustainable development including the relevant international standards, frameworks, conventions and business
  • In particular: OECD MNE Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct, ISO26000, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, respective ILO conventions and declarations, and the 17 SDGs As a result of the multidimensional nature of my work I am also experienced in the application and integration of other related/derivate standards such as ISO14001, ISO45001, ISO20121 and ISO20400.
  • Over the past years, I was closely following the development of new regulations and legislation with regard to supply chain compliance and respective reporting. Hence, I am familiar with specific laws (like the German Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz) and legislations on the EU level (CSRD, ESRS, EFRAG, etc.) but also global frameworks like IFRS climate accounting rules, PCAF, UKFBA, UKMDSA, FCPA, and major ESG frameworks,
  • Resulting from a strong engagement with various industries in the course of international and national projects since 2009 I was able to expand my expertise in CSR and RBC in all its dimensions alongside the entire value chain of mainly the textile, footwear, food and construction industry including the increasingly critical issue of renewable energy and corporate sustainability due diligence.
  • Extensive experience in private sector engagement in Vietnam and SEA including a solid network amongst respective business membership organizations (both national and international) and authorities (national and local). Board member of the Central and Eastern European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CEEC) and member of Eurocham Vietnam’s Green Growth Sector
  • Excellent speaking, teaching and inspirational skills including the design of innovative interventions alongside supply and value chain
  • Known for not shying away from complex and crosscutting topics like discrimination in all forms, gender inequality, corruption, consumer rights, labor conflicts, etc. in the course of regular and public project interventions
  • More than a decade living and working in South East Asia and China led to a better understanding of culture, traditions and habits of key
  • Keeping close relations with partners in SEA (e.g. ASEAN CSR Network, ASEAN working groups, ASEAN Foundation, Asia Europe Foundation ASEF, regional WBCSD branches, UN Global Compact Networks, international and national Chambers of Commerce, )
  • Based on a broad network, the regional experiences and a public speaking talent I am frequently contributing to seminars and conferences related to sustainable, inclusive, integer and responsible business in Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Singapore, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Japan and
  • Wide network in the entire region including businesses, governments, research bodies and international organizations – in short: I know whom to call.