Meet Bahar Gidwani, Co-Founder/CEO, CSRHub @ #Intro2ESG Training

Presenting at Introduction to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment OneDay Training
The How & Why of Applying ESG to Corporate Valuations
Hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY on June 15th

Introduction:  For professionals in the capital markets, and in the corporate sector, G&A Institute and Global Change Associates are teamed to present a one-day professional training program, hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY, in midtown Manhattan.  This is an excellent introduction to the application of ESG factors to investment making decisions and corporate valuations.  Find out more at https://intro2esg.eventbrite.com

ESG = the corporate environmental, social or societal and corporate governance factors to be evaluated by the financial analyst, asset owner, asset manager, and others in the capital markets in looking beyond the financial in selecting public companies for “buy/sell/hold” portfolio management decisions. (This is also referred to as “sustainable investing,” “impact investing,” and similar titles by practitioners.)

The outstanding faculty presenting during the one-day course will include experts in ESG / sustainable / impact investing, covering topics such as best practices; data sources; analytical tools; research resources; methodologies; why ESG matters; and realized outcomes using these approaches to analysis and investment management.

MEET ONE OF YOUR COURSE LEADERS
Bahar Gidwani
Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer, CSRHub
TOPIC: Bridging the Gap: Sustainability vs. Profitability

A conversation with Bahar:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the Intro to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment Certificate Program to be presented at Baruch?

[BG] We support around 15,000 CSR professionals, more than half of whom are located outside North America.  Our users include sustainability managers, consultant/accountants/lawyers and investment advisors, academics, not-for-profit organizations, journalists, and activists.  We provide these users with aggregated sustainability ratings on more than 17,000 entities—public companies, private companies, government agencies, and not-for-profits.  Most of our users do not have formal training in sustainability.  They have had to learn the contents of your program through experience (and probably by making a fair number of preventable mistakes!).  I believe it will be helpful for your course participants to get a systematic and comprehensive understanding of ESG metrics.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?

[BG]  There has been a perception that corporate sustainability is not directly related to corporate profitability.  We have done research that we believe shows there is a relationship between various aspects of sustainability and important drivers of business success.  We will show some of the reasons we believe these relationships have not yet been fully appreciated — and show where further research could be done in the future.  However, there is no direct evidence that ESG factors drive stock market performance.  I would hope to make this distinction clear.

What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the Certificate Program?
[BG] 
 There is no clear career path yet for sustainability professionals.  While people talk about “Chief Sustainability Officer” roles—very few of them exist in the US.  So, sustainability professionals should be open to incorporating the tools they get from the program into general business practice.  Being aware of sustainability opportunities should help them advance their careers towards analyst and portfolio manager positions.  Once in these positions, they should be able to influence others in investment groups to share their interest in sustainability practice and bring its benefits into their organizations.

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CAREER BACKGROUND: BAHAR GIDWANI
Bahar
is Chief Executive Officer of CSRHub, co-founded by him in 2007.  The organization provides CSR and sustainability metrics to corporate managers, professionals and researchers.  These metrics are used to manage ESG, employment and community issues.  There are more than 17,000 companies monitored by CSRHub and the “big data” results are sourced from more than 500 organizations.

Before founding CSRHub, Bahar was CEO of Sonobyte Podcasting Voiceover Services; CEO of Index Stock Imagery; and Vice President, Kidder Peabody & Company.

Bahar holds the MBA-Marketing from Harvard Business School (where he was a Baker Scholar); and a B.A.- Astronomy and Physics from Amherst College.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations (securities analysis) from the CFA Institute (Levels I and II); also, the FSA designation from the Financial and Sustainability Initiative organization.  He is trained in Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting.

For more information about the course and how to register, visit: https://intro2esg.eventbrite.com

Meet Mert Demir, PhD, Director of Research at Weissman Center For International Business, Baruch College, CUNY @ #Intro2ESG Training

Presenting at Introduction to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment OneDay Training
The How & Why of Applying ESG to Corporate Valuations
Hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY on June 15th

Introduction:  For professionals in the capital markets, and in the corporate sector, G&A Institute and Global Change Associates are teamed to present a one-day professional training program, hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY, in midtown Manhattan.  This is an excellent introduction to the application of ESG factors to investment making decisions and corporate valuations.  Find out more at https://intro2esg.eventbrite.com

ESG = the corporate environmental, social or societal and corporate governance factors to be evaluated by the financial analyst, asset owner, asset manager, and others in the capital markets in looking beyond the financial in selecting public companies for “buy/sell/hold” portfolio management decisions. (This is also referred to as “sustainable investing,” “impact investing,” and similar titles by practitioners.)

The outstanding faculty presenting during the one-day course will include experts in ESG / sustainable / impact investing, covering topics such as best practices; data sources; analytical tools; research resources; methodologies; why ESG matters; and realized outcomes using these approaches to analysis and investment management.

MEET ONE OF YOUR COURSE LEADERS
Mert Demir, PhD
Director of Research, Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College/CUNY
TOPIC: About the Baruch CSR-Sustainability Monitor® Project

A conversation with Mert:

Q:   How is your day-to-day work related to the Intro to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment Certificate Program to be presented at Baruch?

[MD]  ESG information disclosed by companies through various channels including standalone or integrated reports is subject to considerable variation in content and quality due to their mostly voluntary or discretionary nature, preventing effective comparisons of company performance. This should limit their usefulness for stakeholders looking to make accurate judgments regarding a company’s ESG activities and risks; nevertheless, various stakeholders including investors continue to cite these reports as their primary source of information about the topic.

In the CSR-Sustainability Monitor project, we collect CSR/ESG/Sustainability reports published by the world’s largest organizations and assess the quality and accuracy of the information therein. The Monitor’s data provide an effective tool, which enables stakeholders to more adequately compare and contrast the ESG reports of large corporations across industries, sectors, and countries. The information we collect aids in decision-making, facilitates more accurate analysis of company performance, and hence market valuations.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?

[MD] I will try to highlight some prevailing trends in ESG reporting by the world’s largest corporations as the variations in their ESG reporting practices have significant implications for the ESG information collected and used by various stakeholders in their company-related decisions including investment.

Thus, for firms, providing comprehensive and complete information through these reports to their stakeholders is as important, if not more, as providing material and relevant information. While ESG reporting is still an evolving phenomenon and hence limited standardization is commonplace, attendees/stakeholders should be well aware of this fact and not take the information provided by companies for granted.

They should always check to make sure it is relevant, accurate, and credible, and of high quality, which will allow them to gain a better view of the big picture before acting.

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the Certificate Program?

[MD] Our work on the CSR-S Monitor often includes research into industry trends and puts us in contact with industry professionals. We consistently find that corporate interest in CSR issues is at an all-time high and still growing, despite being also a relatively recent phenomenon.

For example, between 2011 and 2015 the percentage of companies on the S&P 500® universe of companies publishing ESG reports jumped from 20% to 81%. This combination of factors means many organizations are going to be trying to start or expand their CSR efforts, but whether they look internal or external to their company they will not have as many qualified candidates as they may for other, more traditional roles.

Essentially, completing the Certificate Program demonstrates a strong interest in a subject that is clearly important to many stakeholders, but still evolving and not widely understood. Overall, this is a situation which is certain to lead to great opportunities for course attendees.

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CAREER BACKGROUND: MERT DEMIR, PHD

Mert Demir holds a PhD in Finance and works as the Director of Research in the CSR-Sustainability Monitor Project at the Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College, CUNY. Demir’s research centers around corporate finance and sustainability. Currently, his research focuses on the roles of corporate responsibility and related disclosure quality on corporate financing decisions and firm valuations. Demir holds a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. His academic research has been published in top tier academic journals and presented in several national and international conferences. Demir is also an editor of the Monitor’s annual report.

For more information about the course and how to register, visit: https://intro2esg.eventbrite.com

Meet Gaurav Trivedi – Senior Associate, ESG Research, MSCI @ #Intro2ESG Training

Presenting at Introduction to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment OneDay Training
The How & Why of Applying ESG to Corporate Valuations
Hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY on June 15th

Introduction:  For professionals in the capital markets, and in the corporate sector, G&A Institute and Global Change Associates are teamed to present a one-day professional training program, hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY, in midtown Manhattan.  This is an excellent introduction to the application of ESG factors to investment making decisions and corporate valuations.  Find out more at https://intro2esg.eventbrite.com

ESG = the corporate environmental, social or societal and corporate governance factors to be evaluated by the financial analyst, asset owner, asset manager, and others in the capital markets in looking beyond the financial in selecting public companies for “buy/sell/hold” portfolio management decisions. (This is also referred to as “sustainable investing,” “impact investing,” and similar titles by practitioners.)

The outstanding faculty presenting during the one-day course will include experts in ESG / sustainable / impact investing, covering topics such as best practices; data sources; analytical tools; research resources; methodologies; why ESG matters; and realized outcomes using these approaches to analysis and investment management.

MEET ONE OF YOUR COURSE LEADERS
Gaurav Trivedi
Senior Associate, ESG Research, MSCI
TOPIC: ESG Analysis, Rating & Research

A conversation with Gaurav:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the Intro to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment Certificate Program to be presented at Baruch?

[GT]  I am an analyst on the MSCI ESG Research team here at MSCI, focusing on developing new products and methodologies using environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. My work involves understanding the emerging key ESG trends and issues that may be financially relevant to a company or industry, and determining suitable tools, metrics and frameworks to help institutional investors access that information.

Prior to my current role, I covered the automobile sector, providing ESG ratings by researching and analyzing relevant ESG issues at the company level.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?

[GT]  My session as part of the G&A ESG Investment Certificate Program will provide an overview of MSCI ESG Research products with a deeper dive into our MSCI ESG Ratings model. I will also highlight some recent trends in the industry, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by evaluating companies through different ESG approaches (such as values, integration, impact).

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the Certificate Program?

[GT]  I have one piece of advice that is also something we say often at MSCI ESG Research: “The world is changing. With it, the world of investing is changing.”

In the last decade, the sophistication and availability of ESG data has increased and with it there is a growing movement among mainstream institutional investors from only values-based screening to also a focus on integrating ESG considerations into their investment decisions.

With growing interest among corporates and investors to understand the impact of relevant ESG issues on company operations, it is becoming imperative for investment professionals to be aware and informed of ESG evaluation approaches beyond traditional investment research. As a result, there is a great opportunity for those who’ve completed today’s course to take this knowledge and to start to consider ESG factors in the investment process.  

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CAREER BACKGROUND: GAURAV TRIVEDI
Gaurav is a Senior Associate at MSCI specializing in enhancing existing and developing new methodologies and products across MSCI’s suite of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) research offerings. He has been involved in various projects ranging from developing carbon estimation methodology to tools for portfolio analysis on ESG factors. Prior to his current role, he has rated automobile sector companies on ESG issues.

Prior to MSCI, Gaurav worked with KPMG in their Risk Consulting Services Team focused on providing market and sector analysis to infrastructure sector clients.

Gaurav holds a MBA degree in Finance from ICFAI University and a B.E. in Electronics and Communications from North Gujarat University, India.

For more information about the course and how to register, visit: https://intro2esg.eventbrite.com

Preparing Professionals for Career Focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable & Responsible Investing

Important elements of the Governance & Accountability Institute mission is to share knowledge, perspectives and information about the opportunities in corporate responsibility, including career paths to success, and to do the same for men and women interested in sharpening their focus in the financial community, with the continuing embrace of ESG approaches by investment firms of all types (“sustainable investing”).

We partner with outstanding academic centers to present structured courses for the introduction to the relevant issues and processes by best-in-class faculty who bring their real-world experience to the courses.

Two current examples:  Our just-completed “CSR Certificate” two-day course in partnership with Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) at the Rutgers University Business School in Newark, New Jersey.  We had a wonderful line up of presenters from the corporate world (Prudential, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PepsiCo, Pirelli Tires, Johnson & Johnson), from ESG service providers (CSR Hub, Futerra, Ethisphere Institute, EcoVadis, Hansen Philanthropic Solutions), global ESG standard setters (CDP), investment management firms (Cornerstone Capital), academics (Rutgers IEL, Rutgers University), and UN multilateral organizations (UNGC, UN PRI).  A hearty “thank you” to our great faculty and our latest group of students.

We’ll present this popular course again in the Fall — stay tuned for “save-the-date” announcements as G&A and Rutgers IEL share information about the next upcoming course.

Coming Up
On Thursday, June 15th, we are presenting our “Intro to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investing Training,” hosted at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY in midtown Manhattan, presented by G&A Institute and Global Change Associates. This one-day training program is in response to the growing demand for sustainable impact investment education by asset owners, asset management, financial analysts and others in the finance community.  This is a full day of lectures by outstanding speakers who are practitioners in the field, sharing their knowledge to bring participants up to speed on ESG / sustainable investing best practices, research, data providers and methodologies. At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

We’ll be sharing news about this learning opportunity with you in the days ahead.

To register, and find out more information visit:  http://bit.ly/Intro2ESG

G&A Institute in partnership with IntegTree’s Dr. Nitish Singh provides convenient on-line education for professionals — “Certification in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Strategies.”  The courseware provides a broad overview to equip professionals with cutting-edge sustainability skills that companies need to thrive in the rapidly expanding, global “green economy.”  There is information for you at: http://bit.ly/CRSScertf

Are you interested in participating in these learning and knowledge-sharing opportunities in some way?  Please contact Louis Coppola at lcoppola@ga-institute.com — let’s have a conversation.

The path to a rewarding sustainability career
(Tuesday – May 16, 2017)
Source: Eco-Business – Four young professionals from around the world share how their choice of a postgraduate sustainability programme paved the way to a rewarding and meaningful career in the sector.

Meet Judy Young

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
At Rutgers University – May 16th and 17th at Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course.  For information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR 

Meet one of your hosts and course leaders:
Judy Young
Executive Director, Rutgers Business School, Institute for Ethical Leadership
Topic:  “Ethical Leadership”

A conversation with Judy:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[JY]
 We do discuss ethical leadership and CSR and the importance of an ethical leader, culture as part of and implications to CSR.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
[JY]  Ethical Leadership:  What is Ethical Leadership, Why focus on Ethical Leadership, Explore Organizational Culture and the implications to CSR, CSR Ethical Dilemmas and our Institute for Ethical Leadership process for Ethical Decision Making.

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
[JY]  This program will enable participants to be a CSR asset to their current organization or future organization.

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Career Background:  Judy Young – Executive Director, at Rutgers University – Business School

Judy Young is an experienced business leader focus on key topics of importance to many in the business world, academia, and the investing community:  Ethical Leadership; Talent Management; Learning & Development; Organizational Effectiveness; Change Management; Leadership Development; and Team Effectiveness.

She is the Executive Director at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, and has been at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey since 2009.  Prior, she was Director of Organizational Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb, the global pharmaceutical company; and, Director of Human Resources at Johnson & Johnson, with a decade of service at Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Ethicon and Corporate Consulting Group.

Judy Young holds the M.A. and M.B.A. degrees, Corporate Communications, from Seton Hall University.

The course is hosted at Rutgers University Business School in Newark, New Jersey (easily reached by train from Newark’s Penn Station from New York City, Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey, and convenient to Newark International Airport).

For information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet Theresa Ragozine

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainability- minded organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:
Theresa Ragozine, Vice President, Procurement Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson
Topic:  “Partnering for Sustainable Procurement @ Johnson & Johnson”

A conversation with Theresa: 

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
(TR)  At Johnson & Johnson everything begins and ends with our responsibilities to our doctors, nurses, patients, consumer, customers and communities – the commitments outlined in Our Credo. Our Sustainable Procurement and Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Programs align with and respond to those commitments.

In 2016 we established the Procurement Citizenship Center of Excellence as a way to increase collaboration internally and externally to our organization, and to thoughtfully engage our stakeholders and suppliers in discussions and actions as we strive to meet our Citizenship commitments. This collaboration has allowed us to drive broader, higher impact sustainability and diversity results, driving innovation, growth and ultimately shareholder value. 

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
(TR)  How procurement professionals can add value in unexpected ways, generating positive reputational lift and driving social change.

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
(TR)  Don’t underestimate the power of collaboration. Leverage the contacts you make through this program to challenge your thinking, identify shared interests and innovate. Collaboration is critical to accelerate environmental and social improvements across the value chain and beyond.

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Career Background:  Theresa Ragozine
Theresa is Vice President, Procurement Citizenship, and has been with Johnson & Johnson for 35 years.  In her current role, Theresa is responsible for managing Procurement’s Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Talent programs — all of which are focused on creating positive global community impact and supporting J&J’s mission to help people live longer, happier, healthier lives.

Prior to this assignment, Theresa served as Vice President, Enterprise Standards & Productivity, a transformative global operating model redesign, focused on standardizing functional operations and creating greater business value through optimized service to all stakeholders.   Early career days covered a wide variety of roles within Global Strategic Sourcing and end-to-end global logistics for the International Export Division.

Theresa serves as Johnson & Johnson’s National Program Director for what is recognized as the most successful volunteer blood drive campaign in industry.  Theresa’s awards and citations include TWIN Award (Tribute to Women and Industry), Fleet Executive of the Year, GE Award of Excellence, The America’s Blood Centers President’s Award, New Jersey Business Industry Association (NJBIA) Public Service Award, and the American Association of Blood Banks Award of Merit.

She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1980; graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1992, with an MBA in International Business; and, also completed the Smith College Leadership Consortium for executive leadership training in 2008.

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet Janis Herzig

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:
Janis Herzig
Director, Global Public Policy and Sustainability for PepsiCo
Topic: “Corporate Sustainability Reporting Panel – GRI Corporate Reporters”

A conversation with Janis:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[JH] Every day is a new adventure and I never know what issues may come up.  Over the last several years my focus has been on sustainability engagement and reporting.  I maintain PepsiCo’s relationship with our sustainability groups, such as Ceres, SustainAbility and the Sustainability Leadership Forum as well as our investors and NGOs. I try to stay engaged with our sustainability experts in the company to be aware of our key priorities strategies, challenges and performance. 

All of this feeds into our sustainability reports, including our annual GRI Report and important sustainability questionnaires and surveys.  I work closely with the Sustainability Office and Sustainability Communications team on development of our reports.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
[JH] I am looking forward to sharing PepsiCo’s sustainability journey.  I also hope to convey how to develop your sustainability transparency strategy, important considerations when developing reports, managing challenges and expectations as well as the fabulous feeling you have when your report is published.

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
[JH] “Sustainability” is a very broad area and there is room in the field to focus on your passions.  Think about your passions and your strengths and create a path that marries the two.

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Career Background:  Janis Herzig – PepsiCo

Janis Herzig is Director, Global Public Policy and Sustainability for PepsiCo. She serves as part of the leadership team responsible for PepsiCo’s external public policy issues.

Working with key internal functions on stakeholder engagement, she builds the awareness of critical matters to PepsiCo such as health and wellness. She leads the implementation and compliance monitoring of PepsiCo’s health and wellness marketplace policies and represents PepsiCo in several organizations and serves as Treasurer of the International Food and Beverage Alliance.

As senior manager, Janis led sustainability reporting including preparation of the GRI report and submissions to key sustainability rankings such as PepsiCo’s submission to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Janis now provides guidance on PepsiCo sustainability reporting.

Janis joined PepsiCo in 1999 in the Legal Department serving in various capacities from managing the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance to corporate governance related matters. She has held several other roles within the Global Public Policy and Government Affairs department, all of which have focused on building awareness of PepsiCo’s health and wellness efforts and enhancing the transparency of those efforts to a key external audience. Also, Janis developed and led an award-winning volunteer program with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where over 100 PepsiCo associates participate.

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet John Wilson

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:
John Wilson
Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research
Cornerstone Capital Group

John will be our keynote speaker at dinner on Tuesday, May 16th. He’ll share many insights and perspectives from his two decades of experience in the field of CSR and sustainable & responsible investing.

A conversation with John:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[JW]  I have been involved in sustainable & responsible investing, and corporate governance and related activities for two decades.  What has been encouraging to me is the embrace of corporate social responsibility and sustainability practices and strategies by leading companies over that time, from modest beginning when I started in the field to robust, broad programs being adopted today by leading companies.  At Cornerstone, we work with Investors and corporations to fully integrate sustainability and good governance into capital markets activities.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
[JW]  The embrace of corporate social responsibility and corporate sustainability by leaders in the corporate sector is accelerating, and creating many new opportunities for professionals entering the field.  I will share lessons learned over the past two decades, and identify emerging opportunities for course participants.

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
[JW]   This is still a relatively new field for a good number of companies.  If you look at the supply chain of major companies you can see the uptake of CSR programs by a growing number of suppliers within the large company’s network.  That creates new opportunities for professional with a keen understanding of what corporate recruiting and promotion needs are, and how they qualify for positions that are opening now with the embrace of CSR by many more companies.

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Career Background:  John Wilson – Cornerstone Capital Group

John is Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research at Cornerstone Capital Group. A globally-recognized authority on corporate governance and related issues, he has almost two decades of experience in corporate governance and socially responsible investing.   He leads a team of people who produce thematic investment research into environmental, social and governance topics, and advise companies that wish to better tailor and communicate their sustainability strategies to the capital markets.

His firm was founded in 2013; Cornerstone applies the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets, enhancing investment processes through greater transparency and collaboration. (Cornerstone, based in New York City, offers wealth management, investment research, and corporate advisory services .)

John was previously Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF, the nation’s largest private pension system.  He supervised the corporate (shareholder) proxy voting of CREF, which had 8,000-plus public companies in the investment portfolio.  At T-C he engaged with corporate boards and senior management on many issues, helping to advance policies and best practices in corporate responsibility and sustainability.

John is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School, and Member of the Advisory Council of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board. He holds a degree from Georgetown University (B.A., History), and an MBA and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet Danielle Chesebrough

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:

Danielle Chesebrough
Senior Manager, Investor-Company Relations, U.N. Principles for Responsible Investing (UN PRI) and U.N Global Compact (UNGC)
Topic:  “United Nations Global Compact & Principals for Responsible Investment (PRI)”

A conversation with Danielle:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[DC]  Every day we are working to connect investors and companies on sustainability-related issues. With 193 countries coming together for the first time to agree to a set of global goals, capital markets have a new blueprint for leadership. Using the framework of these goals, we are working with stock exchanges around the world to help companies and investors better understand how they can work together to advance the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

While there are many avenues available to address these goals, enhanced communication around ESG information is an important foundation for this work. This is why much of my day-to-day work is focused on improving reporting and broader communication between investors and companies on bow ESG factors can create financial value. 

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
[DC] Attendees can expect to learn:

  • Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals are relevant to your business.
  • How investors are using the ESG information companies report and why they need improved data.
  • What the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative is doing to help investors, and companies, to improve transparency on ESG globally.
  • Lastly, exploring the role we all have to play in achieving the SDGs and creating more sustainable capital markets. 

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
[DC]  By being able to clearly articulate how sustainability links back to both sustainable development and financial value creation your company will be at a competitive advantage. This can help the company improve its customer and employee relations, but also attract and maintain investors who will support your long-term growth plans and put less pressure on short-term, sometimes value destroying, techniques. 

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Career Background:  Danielle Chesebrough  – Dual Role – United Nations PRI and UNGC

Danielle Chesebrough started working in her dual role with the PRI and UN Global Compact in May 2011. She facilitates collaboration between UN Global Compact companies and PRI investors, as well as co-organizing the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative with three United Nations partner organizations

About The UN Global Compact: The United Nations Global Compact is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.

About The UN Principles for Responsible Investment: The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice.

Her main area of focus is on improving and integrating ESG communication (“environmental, social & governance”) between companies and investors.

Previously, Danielle worked in ESG client services at MSCI. Prior to joining the client services team, she conducted ESG analysis and led engagements with publicly-listed companies. MSCI Inc., is a prominent US-based provider of equity, fixed income, and hedge fund stock market indexes, and equity portfolio analysis tools. The firm publishes the MSCI BRIC, MSCI World and MSCI EAFE Indexes.

Danielle has a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a focus on Policy and International Studies, from the University of Connecticut. email:  @DAChesebrough

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet Julia Silberman

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
At Rutgers University – May 16th and 17th at Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course.   For information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your hosts and course leaders:
Julia Silberman
Sector Lead, Disclosure Services, CDP – the Global Environmental Reporting System
Topic:  “CDP Global Environmental Reporting System”

A conversation with Julia:

Q:  How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[JS]  Environmental reporting is a fundamental component of corporate social responsibility. Disclosure through CDP, the largest global environmental reporting platform, allows companies across all sectors to learn from best practices in environmental management, benchmark performance against their peers, and communicate their sustainability work to a wide variety of stakeholders.

In addition to communicating environmental resource management information to requesting investors and customers in a standardized and comparable format, data disclosed through CDP is publicly disseminated through annual reports and analyses, allowing companies who participate to be widely recognized for their commitments to sustainability.  

In my day-to-day work, I am in touch with representatives from a wide variety of corporate departments that deal with CSR, ranging from investor relations, to procurement, to corporate communications. I work directly with large, influential North American companies to facilitate disclosure through CDP, and encourage the adoption of best practices in environmental management and reporting.  

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
[JS]  CDP is an international non-profit that runs the largest global disclosure platform for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Join this session to learn more about the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world, and how your organization can (or already does!) work with CDP.

You’ll discover how some of the world’s largest organizations provide information annually on climate-related risk, water stewardship, and commodities linked to deforestation; how companies drive sustainability in their supply chains through the power of disclosure; and how investors use CDP data to make more informed environmental decisions. 

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
(JS)  In 2016, 800+ institutional investors representing over $100 trillion in assets requested information through CDP’s programs. In addition, over 5,800 companies, including 70% of the S&P 500, disclosed on their environmental management through CDP. The growing scale of CDP’s corporate participation demonstrates that investors, companies and other stakeholders, recognize that climate change, water scarcity, and deforestation are significant, long-term business risks.

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy is a global challenge – but also an opportunity for individuals and companies to capitalize on this momentum, and contribute to this transformation. 

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Career Background:  Julia Silberman – Sector Lead, Disclosure Services, CDP

CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a premier global environmental reporting system.

As a Sector Lead on CDP’s Disclosure Services Team, Julia leads corporate engagement with North American companies in the consumer discretionary, consumer staples, information technology, and telecom sectors who respond to CDP’s climate change, water, and forests programs.

In this role, she works with companies to support first time responses to CDP programs, share best practices in environmental management and disclosure, and highlight leadership opportunities.

Prior to joining CDP, Julia worked as the Marketing Director for a sustainability software startup.

Julia earned a B.A. in political science from Tufts University.

The course is hosted at Rutgers University Business School in Newark, New Jersey (easily reached by train from Newark’s Penn Station from New York City, Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey, and convenient to Newark International Airport).

For information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR