Events of the past few years have caused remarkable acceleration focused on environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) issues, leading many investors to scrutinize issuer ESG practices and disclosures more deeply. Companies of all industries and sizes are feeling this pressure, and the boardroom is the focal point of this scrutiny. This discussion will explore:
- Events that led to this rapid transition in investor views,
- Explore the notable trends and developments of the past proxy season and engagement cycle, and
- Offer strategies directors can employ to better prepare their companies, and themselves, to minimize ESG-related shareholder activism risk.
We also will address common ESG-focused areas, how issuers can be prepared to address these topics, and expectations for the 2022 proxy season.
Director of Sustainability, Morrow Sodali
Greg Reppucci is a Director of Sustainability and a member of Morrow Sodali’s Corporate Governance Consulting Group. He analyzes companies’ environmental and social issues through a governance lens, helping ensure a holistic approach to environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) topics.
Greg provides guidance on best approaches to ESG issues by identifying relevant topic areas for disclosure and advising on different reporting frameworks and standards, responses to stockholder proposals, and preparations for stakeholder engagements. He is a SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential holder, is versed in relevant reporting standards and frameworks, and helps structure disclosures to address shareholder and key stakeholder concerns.
Previously, Greg was a member of the Sustainability Office at PepsiCo and focused on the annual development of their sustainability reporting suite. Earlier in his career, Greg was involved in climate and agriculture-related research at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Managing Director, Morrow Sodali
Bill Ultan is a Managing Director at Morrow Sodali and a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team. As manager of the firm’s Corporate Governance Consulting Group with over 30 years of experience in the field, Bill has guided companies through a wide range of governance and takeover challenges, including contentious shareholder proposals and compensation-based initiatives, proxy contests, tender offers, and other corporate control matters. He previously was a senior member of the firm’s Stock Surveillance and Proxy Solicitation departments. Bill’s vast experience has been gained through years of observing shareholders and proxy advisory firms, assessing compensation practices and governance policies, and analyzing voting results and solicitation strategies. He prepares many strategic assessments and counsels officers and directors of public companies across a diverse range of industries and market capitalizations.
Publishing Director, Directors & Boards
David Shaw is the publishing director of Directors & Boards and its sister publication, Family Business. With more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business and consumer media markets, he has served as an editor, publisher, publishing director, group publisher and group vice president of a variety of publications, trade shows, conferences and websites.
Prior to founding GRID Media, David served as senior vice president for Phillips Business Information Inc., where he oversaw nearly 100 discrete media properties, and helped build the business from $35 million to more than $100 million in annual revenues. He is a frequent author and speaker on issues related to business-to-business media, multi-generational family businesses and private and public company governance. He is married, with two grown children, one serving in the Navy and the other in law school.
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- Opportunity for questions and feedback.
- Unbiased third-party director education.
- 60 minutes -- maximum value for time.