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

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