Social & Governance Initiatives in the Board Room
Vanguard and Blackrock are increasing their focus on boards' oversight of
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. Join WCD Members and
experienced Board Directors, Britt Ide and Deb Frodl, for a conversation and
"war stories" about ESG in the board room.
- NYSE Utility Company
Director perspective of managing the increasing ESG focus of investors
- NASDAQ Biofuels Company
Director perspective on the increasing investor focus on ESG – US/Global
- Importance of ESG being
integrated into the company strategy and communication plan for all
- Behind the scene
stories including an activist investor shareholder campaign that passed due to
lack of communication
- Suggestions from
investors on how to engage the board on ESG and how to connect with investors
- ESG: one size does not
fit all. ESG is raised across industries and includes many aspects such
as diversity, climate, fair pay, conflict minerals, supply chain, etc.
Also, Britt and Deb
serve as Ambassadors of US DOE's Women in Energy Initiative, Clean Energy,
Education & Empowerment ("C3E") and will share what C3E is doing
to collaborate and connect and encourage more women in clean energy including
board service (and learn how to nominate your company's star women for C3E
Britt Ide serves on the Board of Directors and the Audit and
Governance & Innovation Committees of NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE), a
gas and electric utility. Britt also serves on the International Advisory Board
of Reactive Technologies Limited, a UK based energy tech company. Britt was an
invited speaker to WCD’s 2017 Latin American Institute Santiago, Chile on
corporate governance and climate change. Her current nonprofit board service
includes: Coalition for Green Capital, the Energy Policy Institute, and the
Hotrock Energy Research Organization (furthering Enhanced Geothermal Systems).
She also serves as an Ambassador to the US Department of Energy, C3E program.
Prior to her board focus, she served as an engineering, legal and business
leader on all sides of the energy industry.
Debora Frodl serves on the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy
Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) a $2.5B global leader in cleaner fuels, and she
Chairs the Board for XL Hybrids, private company, a leader in vehicle
electrification for commercial fleets. Debora also serves as an Ambassador to
the US Department of Energy, C3E program and Advisory Board Member for the
National Renewable Energy Lab, Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis and
University of MN, Institute on the Environment. Prior to her corporate board
work, Debora was a former senior executive with GE.