Hank Boerner, Chairman - Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. (G&A)
Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business - IFAC
Janice Warren, President - OneReport
Marjella Alma, Manager External Relations - Global Reporting Initiative USA (GRI) - She stated that "The process of sustainability reporting should help enable companies to identify issues that have a material impact -- justifying public disclosure. Sustainability was never intended to be an 'add-on' exercise, but should be used to smarten up your business, be holistically integrated with your corporate strategy from a 21st century perspective, and focus on long-term viability by looking through a broader 'sustainability' lens."
Mark Tulay, Program Manager - GISR - He stated that "... do these financial and other mandated reports tell the whole story of the corporation? Are there missing elements that pose risk... or present opportunity... that we are not seeing in the numbers alone? The answer is YES -- and so we are now seeing a welcome and expanding flow of non-mandated information related to corporate sustainability and ESG performance. This expanded disclosure in the form of corporate sustainability or responsibility or citizenship disclosure... and reports... come from large-cap as well as mid- and small-cap enterprises. We find that 53% of the S&P 500 Index companies and 57% of the Fortune 500 companies issued reports in 2011 and to mid-year 2012. That's up from a base of about 20% reporting for each the previous year."
"CSR & INVESTING-THE INVESTOR'S POINT OF VIEW-WHAT MATTERS?"
Dan Hanson, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager - BlackRock
Jan C. Childress, Director, Investor Relations - Consolidated Edison, Inc.
Gary Buesser, Director - Lazard Asset Management, LLC
Elizabeth Seeger, Principal - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (NYSE: KKR)
Joseph M. Kinard, Investment Committee Member, Board of Pensions - Presbyterian Church USA Pension Fund He mentioned that "SRI equals SRI. Socially Responsible Investing equals Solid Returns on Investment."
"SUSTAINABLE INVESTING & CREATED SHARED VALUE"
Bennett Freeman, SVP, Sustainability Research and Policy - Calvert Investments
Mark D. Sloss, Executive Director, Sr. Portfolio Manager - UBS Wealth Management Americas
Paul Hilton, Portfolio Manager & Director of Business Development - Trillium Asset Management, LLC. He mentioned that "It is very important that investors realize they can combine performance and impact in selecting an investment manager. This is driving the growing demand for sustainable and responsible investments among retail and institutional investors alike and sending a powerful message to corporations that it pays to be a responsible company."
Orin Kramer, General Partner - Boston Provident L.P., Chairman of the Board of Directors - Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. He mentioned that "The fundamental premise of sustainable investing is that there isn't a trade-off between investment returns and sustainability considerations. Sustainability isn't about imposing policy values on fiduciaries; it's about incorporating factors which do, in fact, affect investment outcomes into risk management."
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