1st Thursday Briefing: Your Role & Market Interests
The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) is a membership organization open to for-profit companies or corporate funded foundations that have corporate responsibility or corporate citizenship programs. Corporate foundations report on some aspects of sustainability through the annual community benefit reports. In addition, the majority of the S&P 500 also report on overall corporate sustainability performance through annual sustainability reports. The financial markets (investors, lenders and stock exchanges) are increasingly interested in this type of organizational performance, also known as environmental, social and governance performance. This webcast will provide the latest trends in corporate responsibility reporting, as well as the drivers of such reporting and the key stakeholders judging such performance.
Solving the ESG data challenge: Thomson Reuters ESG solutions
As we see more and more managers incorporating ESG into their asset allocation process, in a more holistic way, the need for transparent and easily comparable company information is on the rise. Join us to learn from Susan Doty, Market Specialist, ESG, how Thomson Reuters standardized ESG scores and transparent company data are helping investors drive decisions around ESG investing as well as how corporations around the globe use these tools to understand their ESG impact, and where they sit compared to peers.
Engaging on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a unique opportunity for corporations to leverage sustainability reporting in a manner that provides global relevance to a company’s positive and negative impacts on the economy, society, and the environment. In this webinar hear from a range of experts, including: Pietro Bertazzi, Head of Sustainable Development for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); Adam Roy Gordon, Engagement Manager, UN Global Compact; Nathan Nissen, Principal Engineer, Sustainability, Kohler Co.; and Evan Harvey, Global Head of Sustainability at Nasdaq and UN Global Compact US Network Board Member. Join us on December 20 at 12:00pm Eastern for this 60-minute discussion.
Barb Brown and Mike Wallace to participate in WBCSD annual Council Member Meeting
BrownFlynn Principal and Co-Founder Barb Brown and Managing Director Mike Wallace will participate in the upcoming World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) annual Council Member Meeting as part of BrownFlynn’s continued work as the Chair of the ESG Ratings & Rankings Working Group. Mike Wallace will moderate a panel on Responsible Business in Responsive Capital Markets, featuring speakers from TD Bank, Moody’s, State Street, EcoVadis, and EcoValores. The focus of the meeting will be around the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
Expect the Unexpected: Practical CSR Insight from the Disaster Relief Frontline
The impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria wrought environmental, social, and financial havoc. Companies of many kinds –and from many different locations – have stepped up to relieve communities in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. But which relief efforts worked best? How can (or should) companies address disasters on such a scale? CSR experts from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) and Joe Ruiz, Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief Program, will join us for a discussion of best practices and lessons learned.
ESG Risks and Credit Ratings: A Conversation with Moody's
Join us to hear from Swami Venkataraman, Senior Vice President in the Global Utilities & Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody’s. His presentation will speak to Moody’s approach to assessing the credit impacts of environmental risks as well as the firm’s current priorities of ESG integration. He leads Moody’s global renewable energy task force, is a member of the Moody’s global ESG team and also represents Moody’s in the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Electricity” roundtable.
Trucost: How environmental leaders use corporate data for investors
Trucost is a part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. A leader in carbon and environmental data and risk analysis, Trucost identifies and assesses risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader environmental, social, and governance factors. Join us to hear from Dr. James (Jamie) Salo, Head of Data Strategy & Operations. Dr. Salo’s presentation will speak to Trucost’s research methodology, and how they gather and analyze corporate sustainability data to create new ESG investment products and deliver ESG risk management insights.
Big Data & Corporate Sustainability Performance: How the world is using ESG data
Each company, intentionally or otherwise, is telling a sustainability story to interested and influential stakeholders. A growing number of specialized research firms are gathering this data using some of the latest technologies and techniques, and then analyzing and disseminating this information to a growing number of customers. Customers include some of the world’s largest asset owners and asset management firms, as well as the world’s largest corporations, who are now using this data to assess and manage ESG risks in their own supply chains. Please join us for a special series of presentations from ESG data experts EcoVadis, Datamaran, and RepRisk.
MSCI ESG Ratings: A Conversation with Eric Fernald, Executive Director, ESG Research, MSCI
In our recent survey of corporate ESG practitioners, MSCI surfaced as one of the ESG research firms in which practitioners had the most interest. Join us for a presentation from Eric Fernald, Executive Director, ESG Research for MSCI. Eric also leads MSCI's ESG Corporate Communications Team, the liaison between companies and MSCI ESG Research/MSCI ESG Indexes. Mike Wallace, Chair of the WBCSD’s ESG Ratings & Rankings Working Group, will moderate the webinar and will facilitate questions from audience members.
Celebrating World Water Day: Management practices from leading environmental stewards
Nasdaq and BrownFlynn are joined by Intel and Ceres for a conversation in honor of UN World Water Day. Ceres directs the Investor Water Hub, a group of over 75 global institutional investors who are deepening their and the market’s understanding of water risks and opportunities. Since 1998, Intel has invested more than $223 million in water conservation programs at their global facilities, and has saved more than 52 billion gallons. Intel also proactively engages with its investors, customers and other stakeholders on the importance of water conservation, and has established long-term water goals and a formal water policy. Hear from leading experts on best practices in water management and disclosure: Evan Harvey, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq; Monika Freyman, Director of the Investor Water Hub, Ceres; Suzanne P. Fallender, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Intel Corporation; and Todd Brady, Global Sustainability Director, Intel Corporation.
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Performance: What investors can see
Corporate ESG data is more accessible than ever due to the growing amount of disclosure from companies and the demand from the markets. Bloomberg began collecting ESG data from published company materials in 2013 and integrates it into a range of research products for investors, as well as corporate financial teams. The number of users accessing this data has grown by roughly 70% since the products were introduced. The Bloomberg ESG platform currently displays their own proprietary ESG scores, as well as other ratings and rankings from specialized research firms like Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), Sustainalytics, RobecoSAM, and CDP. In fact, in 2016, RobecoSAM's DJSI scores were integrated into the terminal down to the criteria level. Join the WBCSD ESG Ratings and Rankings Working Group, led by BrownFlynn, for this webinar to hear directly from Bloomberg about their collection and reporting of corporate ESG information. Lee O'Dwyer, Equity Application Specialist for Bloomberg, will be our featured presenter.
Business & Human Rights: How companies are managing human rights risks around the globe
A BrownFlynn webinar in partnership with Nasdaq, in honor of Human Rights Day. Hear from featured panelists: Ariel Meyerstein (United States Council for International Business), Beth Holzman (Independent Business & Human Rights Advisor), and Paul Lalli (General Electric).
Materiality Workshop: How to Conduct a Sustainability Assessment
BrownFlynn and Nasdaq will conduct the third webinar in the 2016 series on 9/28 at noon EST. Expert panelists include Evan Harvey (Nasdaq), Cora Lee Mooney (BrownFlynn), and Bruce Klafter (Flex). For more information and to register please follow the link below.
Navigating the Rapidly Evolving ESG Ratings and Rankings Landscape
Managing Director Mike Wallace will speak at Summer in the City's 4th Annual CSR Investing Summit on July 20th at 9:30am on the topic of "The State of ESG Data: An ESG Analyst’s View of the Quantity and Quality of ESG Data in 2016." Mike will be joined by fellow panelists Susanne Katus (eRevalue), Mario Lopez-Alcala (MSCI), and moderator Herbert Blank (S-Network Global Indexes). For more information please visit the conference website.
What the Reg S-K Concept Paper Really Means for Business
BrownFlynn and Nasdaq will host their second webinar in the quarterly educational series on June 23rd at noon EST. Our panel of experts include Will Martindale (UNPRI), Daniel Goelzer (Baker McKenzie), and Adam Kanzer (Domini Social Investments.) The topic of the webinar is "What the Reg S-K Concept Paper Really Means for Business."