What Board Directors Need to Know about ESG in 2021
Please join us for our upcoming discussion on What Board Directors Need to Know about ESG in 2021. Our session will cover the recent surge of interest on the part of investors and other corporate stakeholders in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters and the focus that the current economic, public health, and social justice crises have only intensified.
This panel will highlight issues of critical importance to board directors:
What are the implications of entering the age of corporate social justice?
What do investors expect of board directors on ESG?
How should boards structure their oversight of ESG risks?
What do board directors need to know about recent developments in ESG disclosure?
The discussion will be moderated by: Teresa Clarke, board director and former managing director, Goldman Sachs and current chair of Africa.com.
Experienced Board Chair & Director | Digital Entrepreneur | Investment Banker | Impact Investing
Teresa Clarke, an investment banker and internet entrepreneur, is the chair of Africa.com, which operates an advertising network of websites providing news and information about Africa to over 15million monthly visitors from over 160countries around the world. The primary assets that have driven Teresa’s success are her ability to develop business opportunities, execute on complex financial transactions, and effectively lead large teams. Further, she has extensive experience with the boards of multiple public companies, and is well versed in financial, strategic and governance matters. Qualified SEC Audit Committee Financial Expert.
Teresa serves on the Leadership Council of Women Corporate Directors (NY Chapter), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory board of the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa.
Teresa has earned numerous awards for her business and philanthropic work, including two awards from the South African government, and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business by the Network Journal.
Teresa earned an A.B. in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Featured speakers include:
Chief Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer, Paul, Weiss
Dave Curran is Chief Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer at Paul, Weiss. In this role, Dave has dual responsibilities – to work with the firm’s lawyers to lead its Sustainability and ESG Advisory Practice Group, and also to develop and promote the firm’s internal ESG practices.
Dave is a recognized leader in helping complex organizations build resilience. In addition to his work in the ESG space, he has more than 30 years of experience in legal, technology, compliance, risk and ethics roles. Dave has led many popular Thought Leadership conversations with senior executives on a variety of topics where business and technology intersect with the legal, compliance and risk ecosystems, including Transforming Law, Big Data, #MeToo and many others.
Dave began his career as a media trial and appellate lawyer before moving to senior in-house legal, compliance and regulatory affairs positions. He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at FiscalNote, a legal AI/technology company, and held senior business and legal leadership roles with Thomson Reuters, IntraLinks, Integrity Interactive, Havas, Vertis and Campbell Soup Company.
Dave serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s ESG Committee, which aims to educate and engage New York lawyers, law students and faculty on ESG practices and developments through thought leadership and robust educational programs.
Founder and chair of Domini Impact Investments
She is widely recognized as the leading voice for socially responsible investing. Her passion for the field has led her to create three businesses and to write several books. She has been awarded acknowledgements of these efforts, including: Time magazine named her to the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2005. That year she also received a citation from President Bill Clinton for her work with the United Nations Foundation. In 2008, Ms. Domini was named to Directorship magazine’s Directorship 100, the magazine’s listing of the most influential people on corporate governance. In 2014, she was awarded the Founders Award by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence for her advertising campaign (which ran in The Nation), urging investors to divest guns from their portfolios.
She is the founder of Domini Social Investments, a mutual fund company with $1.6 billion in assets under management. Ms. Domini is also founder of The Sustainability Group, which manages private client assets in Boston, MA. She has served on a number of boards, including the National Association of Community Development Loan Funds (now Opportunities Finance Network), an organization whose members work to create funds for grassroots economic development loans; and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the major coordinator of involved shareholders who file proxy resolutions. She is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Ms. Domini holds a B.A. in international and comparative studies from Boston University, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University College of Law. Yale University’s Berkeley Divinity School presented Ms. Domini with an honorary doctorate in 2007.
Ms. Domini is the author of Socially Responsible Investing: Making a Difference and Making Money (Dearborn Trade, 2001) and The Challenges of Wealth (Dow Jones Irwin, 1988), and a coauthor of Investing for Good (Harper Collins, 1993), The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992), and Ethical Investing (Addison-Wesley, 1984). She contributes regularly to Optimist Magazine and GreenMoney Magazine. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, Mike Thornton.
David B. Wilkins
Professor, Harvard Law School
David B. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiative on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
Professor Wilkins has written over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press, and is the co-author or editor of five books, including one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, Disruptive Innovation in the Market, the Reemergence of the Big Four Accountancy Networks in the Market for Legal Services, and After the JD: A Ten Year Longitudinal Study of Lawyers Careers.
Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers, including The Legal Profession, and Challenges of a General Counsel. In 2007, he co-founded Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program, where he teaches in several courses including Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel. Professor Wilkins has given over 50 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, law firms and corporate retreats.
He holds honorary degrees from Roger Williams University (2017) and Stockholm University in Sweden (2012). He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harvard Law School Alumni Award, (2016), the Aptissimi Award for Academic Excellence from ESADE UNIVERSITY in Spain (2014), the Distinguished Visiting Mentor Award from Australia National University (2012), the American Bar Foundation Scholar of the Year Award (2010), the J. Clay Smith Award from Howard University School of Law (2009), and the Order of the Coif Distinguished Scholar Award (2008). In 2012, Professor Wilkins was elected to the American Academy of Art and Sciences, and in 2014 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors.
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