Introduction to Corporate Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) for Investment & Finance Professionals Certification -March 15, 2017

A One-Day Professional Educational Seminar Presented by Governance & Accountability Institute, Global Change Associates and hosted by Baruch College/CUNY
Jan 31, 2017 3:00 PM ET
Press Release

- The Why and How of Applying ESG Factors to Corporate Valuations

A One-Day Professional Educational Seminar Presented by Governance & Accountability Institute, Global Change Associates and hosted by Baruch College/CUNY

New York, NY, January 31, 2017 /3BL Media/ –  In response to the growing demand for sustainable investing education from asset owners, asset managers, financial analysts and other financial professionals we are presenting the second session of our one-day certificate program: "Introduction to Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) for Investment and Finance Professionals."

This program series is organized by Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A) and  Global Change Associates (GCA) and hosted by the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY.

After the success of the December 2016 inaugural program, this all-day certification program will be presented again on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The program is being hosted at Baruch College’s Newman Vertical Campus (55 Lexington Avenue) in midtown Manhattan.  The course begins at 8.30 am with registration and continental breakfast, leading into a full day of lectures from experts and leaders in the sustainable investing field.  A networking lunch is included.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion from G&A and GCA at the completion of the seminar.


8:30 am - Arrival, Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcoming Remarks
Speaker to be announced, representing Baruch College

9:10 am - Welcoming and Introduction to Corporate ESG Strategies, Performance, Actions -- What is Corporate ESG - Why It Really Matters to Shareowners
Hank Boerner, Chairman and Co-Founder, Governance & Accountability Institute

9:20 am - Bridging the Perceived Gap Between Corporate Sustainability & Corporate Profitability -- Materiality, Risk Management and How Top and Bottom Lines Are Affected
Louis Coppola, EVP and Co-Founder, Governance & Accountability Institute

10:00 am – Topic To Be Announced
Peter Roselle, VP Portfolio Manager, Family Wealth Advisor, SVS Team at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

10:30 am - Coffee Break and Networking

10:45 am - ESG Analysis, Rating, and Research
Speaker to be announced, MSCI Soft Confirmation

11:30 am - What Investors Need to Know About the Rising Importance of Impact Investing
Kate Starr, CIO, Flat World Partners; former Chief Investment Officer, Heron Foundation

12:00 pm - Lunch - Networking

1:15 pm - About SASB (Sustainability Standards Board) and More Effective 10-k Disclosure
Eric Kane, Sector Analyst - Health Care, SASB

1:45 pm - Case Study of Corporate Malfeasance:  The VW Emissions Scandal
Peter Fusaro, Chairman, Global Change Associates

2:30 pm - Break

2:45 pm - ESG Equity Fundamentals Data Analytics
Hideki Suzuki, ESG Group, Equity Fundamentals Department, Bloomberg LP
Nichole Powers, ESG Analyst, Bloomberg LP

3:30 pm - ESG Risk and Integration in Portfolio Management
Raul Manjarin, Global Management Team, RepRisk AG (Switzerland)

4:15 pm - About the Baruch CSR-Sustainability Monitor Project
Mert Demir, Ph.D. in Finance; Senior Research Associate, Weismann Center For International Business at Baruch College

4:30 pm - Wrap-up Comments - Seminar Concludes
Looking Beyond Corporate Sustainability & Financial Performance

Hank Boerner, Louis Coppola, & Peter Fusaro

Lecturers include leading experts in the sustainable investing field and the session participants will come away with an understanding of why corporate ESG matters in investing, and how to apply ESG factors to corporate valuations; analysis of reputation, risk, opportunity and other aspects of financial analysis.

All participants will have access to all presentations after the seminar. Each attendee will receive a digital copy of Hank Boerner’s new book -- "Trends Converging, A Look Ahead of the Curve for ESG, Sustainability, CR, SRI Professionals."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Baruch College/ CUNY, Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10010

For information and to register click the link below:

About Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. (
Governance & Accountability Institute is a New York City-based sustainability research, consulting and educational services company working with corporate sector and investment community clients. Typical engagements include preparation of sustainability, CSR and citizenship reports; peer benchmarking on ESG issues and reporting; customized ESG research (environmental, social and governance performance); strategic materiality analysis; sustainable investor relations; corporate communications around sustainability; and assistance with stakeholder engagements. The company is the exclusive Data Partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for the USA, UK and the Republic of Ireland.

About Global Change Associates (
Peter C. Fusaro founded Global Change Associates, Inc. in 1991 to focus on the convergence of energy and environmental financial markets. His insights have earned him the international status of “thought leader” in these markets. His advice to client companies who require expert guidance to navigate their way through the multiple impacts of clean energy, natural gas and water technologies has proven invaluable to them. The focus of GCA today is to assist in raising funds for clean energy funds as a Registered Representative and to assist in the commercialization of new energy technologies. Peter holds the highly successful Wall Street Green Summit ( now in its 16th year and held in New York City each spring.

About Baruch College (
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.

For more information, contact:
Louis D. Coppola, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder
Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.
Tel 646.430.8230 ext 14, Email