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The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Trends to Watch

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Marks Paneth LLP
685 Third Avenue
New York, New York  10017
United States
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The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Trends to Watch


What is Sustainability Reporting?   Why do companies offer these voluntary disclosures?   Who is this information for?   

What impact does it have?   What’s next?

Hear from expert panelists with diverse experience in CSR and Sustainability Reporting

Understand key factors and motivations that guide a company’s reporting strategy

Learn about different reporting methods, frameworks, and standards

Explore trends in CSR and Sustainability Reporting in the US and around the world

Get answers to your questions - unique opportunity for open audience Q & A

Build your network - opportunity to meet colleagues before and after the panel presentation


•  (Moderator) Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
•  Daniel L. Goelzer, Senior Counsel/Retired Partner, Baker & McKenzie, LLP
•  William G. Russell, Principal, Transitioning to Green
•  Judy Sandford, Sr. Strategist and Managing Director, Sustainability and CSR, Addison

Panel Focus: Trends in CSR and sustainability reporting as a way to help companies address environmental, social and governance issues – achieving both impact and performance.

According to the Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc., “’Sustainability reporting’ rose dramatically from 2011, when roughly 20% of companies published reports, to 72% just three years later in 2013. From 2013 to 2017, the frequency of reporting has increased each year, now up to 85% of companies reporting in 2017.” There are 1700+ signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, with $70 trillion assets under management – 89% of the world’s top 100 asset manager are signatories, and 304 signatories are asset owners representing $16.6 trillion in assets.

As companies strive to protect their reputational assets and earn trust from stakeholders, sustainability reporting and disclosure are no longer reserved solely for “green” or mission-oriented companies. Demand for transparency and disclosure is increasing, and sustainability reporting is becoming mainstream. However, how reporting is done may vary depending on the target audience and purpose of those disclosures. Dominant frameworks such as GRI and SASB, and emerging methods such as Reporting 3.0, Trucost, and <IR>, are evolving to play different parts and complement each other. Our expert panel will discuss best practices employed by companies, and how such practices create value for shareholders and stakeholders. While sustainability reporting remains largely voluntary, our panel will explore legal trends and any potential movement to integrate sustainability and financial disclosures, from a US and global perspective.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00–8:30 pm (networking opportunity before and after panel presentation which begins promptly at 6:30)
Marks Paneth, 685 Third Ave., New York (bet.  East 43-44th Streets), NYC
$30 for CBSACNY members, $40 for non-members; $45 at the door

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Daniel L. Goelzer is a Senior Counsel/Retired Partner in the Washington, DC office of Baker & McKenzie. His practice areas include corporate governance, SEC disclosure and reporting requirements, the auditor/public company relationship, and financial institution regulatory issues, with a focus on global asset custody. Mr. Goelzer joined BakerMcKenzie as a partner in 1990, after serving for seven years as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2002, the SEC appointed him as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The PCAOB is responsible for oversight and regulation of the auditors of U.S. public companies. He was Acting Chair of the PCAOB from August 2009 through January 2011. In 2017, the SASB Foundation, which oversees the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), appointed Dan to the SASB Standards Board. SASB promulgates standards for public company disclosure of material sustainability information in a cost-effective and decision-useful manner. Dan also chairs a council that advises a Big Four accounting firm on audit quality matters and authors a bi-monthly newsletter, Audit Committee and Auditor Oversight Update. He is an officer and Trustee of the SEC Historical Society. Mr. Goelzer received a BBA in from the University of Wisconsin, a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, and an LLM from the National Law Center, George Washington University.

Bruce Kahn is Portfolio Manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management, an impact investing research firm that was founded in 2013 to enable investors to benefit from the transition to a resource-constrained economy. He has over 26 years of relevant academic, environmental and investment management experience. From 2008 – 2012, Bruce was a Director at Deutsche Asset Management where he served as an investment strategist conducting analytical research on sustainable investing. Bruce also managed a Sustainable Investment portfolio at Citi Smith Barney, across a broad mix of sectors including sustainability leaders, agri-business, clean tech and renewable energy companies. Bruce is a Lecturer at Columbia University's Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program and holds a PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bruce is a recipient of both a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics and served in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of Cameroon, (1989-1993). Bruce currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, previously served as Trustee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his PhD in Environmental Science from Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, a MS in Fisheries and Applied Aquacultures from Auburn University, and a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut.

William G. Russell is a Principal with Transitioning to Green, LLC, the sustainability training and management consulting firm.  Transitioning to Green helps leaders think in new and creative ways – to be more innovative, collaborative, and effective – and enterprises to accelerate the cultural and business transformation that is necessary for corporations, governments, communities and our world to be prosperous and thrive. Bill applies his holistic sustainability-awareness and integrated thinking skills to help people and enterprises create better strategies and implement enterprise performance management systems. He is a leader in developing ESG, multi-capital accounting and risk management standards and methods. He facilitates stakeholder engagement dialogues, materiality assessments and technology-enabled metrics programs aligned with reporting standards and the UN SDGs. He also advises startup companies on strategy and financing and performs due diligence services for private equity and venture capital investors. He previously was an adjunct professor of green accounting at Columbia University and was co-leader of the Global Environmental Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is co-author of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook. A completely updated 2nd Edition of the Fieldbook will be published in in May, 2018.

Judy Sandford is a Sr. Strategist and Managing Director, Sustainability and CSR at Addison.  She helps leading corporations to be more successful through strong sustainability strategies and programs, as well as transparent and compelling communications. She leads a team of sustainability strategists at Addison to develop integrated solutions for in print, digital and social media. Sustainability reporting is a specialty area she provides counsel on and top sustainability frameworks such as the GRI Standards, SDGs and UNGC. Clients have included Allstate, CA Technologies, GE, Intuit, Merck, PepsiCo, United Rentals, United Technologies Corporation. She recently rejoined Addison after three years as VP of Corporate Responsibility Strategy for Cone Communications. There, she worked on reporting, materiality analyses, and employee engagement and product stewardship programs. Her clients included Ameriprise, EMC Corporation, Omnicom Group, Target, CVS Health, UPS, Johnson & Johnson, Visa and QVC. Prior to Cone, Judy founded and led the Sustainability Communications practice at Addison. Over seven years, she consulted with more than 40 organizations. For two years, she also taught a graduate course in Sustainability Strategy and Reporting for the Masters in Sustainability Management at The Earth Institute—Columbia University. Judy received a BA in English Literature from Trinity College and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Organized by the Sustainable Business Committee. Special thanks to organizers Leila Goldmark, and Anthony Mak, and to our event host Joanne Chiu, Marks Paneth.

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