How Corporate Boards Can Effectively Oversee ESG Issues
Co-Hosted by the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets
ESG issues are increasingly taking center stage in the boardroom and with investors. The Weinberg Center and the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets are co-hosting a webinar roundtable discussion, which will focus on how corporate boards can effectively oversee environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. In particular, as the risks from ESG issues such as climate change, water scarcity and human rights become more apparent, and with growing investor attention and action on ESG issues, it is increasingly important for corporate boards to understand how these issues affect business strategy and performance.
The Roundtable will review and discuss Ceres’ report, “Running the Risk: How Corporate Boards Can Oversee Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues,” which focuses on the critical role of the board in overseeing ESG risks in order to avoid potential financial losses and/or litigation, and to effectively respond to investor pressure.
In this webcast, the Roundtable participants will provide guidance on how boards can effectively oversee risks posed by ESG issues, and provide recommendations of questions directors should be asking management throughout the risk identification, prioritization and mitigation processes. Concrete recommendations will be offered for boards looking to improve their companies’ resilience in the face of ESG risks.
The Roundtable participants represent various constituencies – the corporate/director community, investor community, legal community, and academic community. The participants are:
- Veena Ramani, Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres (Moderator)
- Margaret Foran, Chief Governance Officer, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.
- Michael Younis, Vice President, Asset Stewardship Team, State Street Global Advisors
- Cynthia Williams, Professor, Osler Chair in Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Regardless of which of the Center’s or Ceres’ valued constituencies you represent, the Roundtable will provide you with cutting-edge discussion and debate, as well as practical takeaways.
The Roundtable has been approved for [1.5] DE CLE credits.
For those corporate board members interested in further education about these issues, Ceres has developed a flexible 6-hour on-line course with UC Berkeley School of Law, “ESG: Navigating the Board’s Role.” For more information, click HERE.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:30pmVirtual Event