Investors, customers, employees, communities, and regulators are increasingly demanding corporate transparency and action on a wide variety of ESG issues. This program will cover the rapidly evolving ESG landscape and why ESG-related issues present themselves as both a serious risk and a potential opportunity. You will learn how leading-edge companies are proactively addressing these issues and the emerging standards and guidelines for ESG disclosures and other communications.
This program will highlight ESG questions and issues that your board should be discussing, such as:
What is the current ESG risk landscape and how are ESG-related risks being evaluated and mitigated?
Examples of leading practices in board oversight of ESG risks
What standards and guidelines are emerging related to application of enterprise risk management to ESG-related risks
Disclosure of ESG risks in regulatory filings and the potential value of transparency in ESG-related activities
Paul DeNicola is a principal at PwC's Governance Insights Center where he works to extend the firm's thought leadership in the area of corporate governance. A frequent speaker at forums for directors and governance professionals, he also advises boards and executive teams on emerging governance issues. He has twice been named to NACD Directorship Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in U.S. corporate governance. He was also honored as a recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance.
DeNicola is an associate professor at New York University's Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in corporate governance and professional responsibility. He also serves on the board of the Society for Corporate Governance and on the Markets Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors. Prior to joining PwC, DeNicola was director of The Conference Board Governance Center, where he oversaw educational and research initiatives in corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and business ethics. He earned his BA and MA degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies from New York University and completed a PhD in Philosophy and Communications at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland.
Barbara Berlin is a director in PwC’s Governance Insights Center. With more than 20 years of experience at PwC, Berlin brings extensive knowledge in governance matters including cybersecurity and emerging technologies to organizations. She is a well-known speaker on a variety of governance topics and has authored and contributed to many PwC governance publications, including the new Risk Oversight Series, Technology Series for board members, and Directors and IT guide. Berlin is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New York and New Jersey) and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BS in Accounting.
Tod Hamachek has been a director of Northwest Natural Holding Company since 1986 and the chairman of the board since 2013. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Penwest Pharmaceuticals Company from October 1997 to February 2005. Penwest, which was spun off from Penford Corp. in 1998, was located in Danbury, Connecticut, and was engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of novel drug delivery products and technologies. From 1985 until 1998, Hamachek served as president and chief executive officer of Penford Corp., a diversified producer of specialty paper, food starches, and pharmaceutical ingredients. Previously, he was a senior vice president of Univar Corp. of Seattle and president and CEO of Great Western Malting Co. in Vancouver, Washington.
Hamachek is a director of The Seattle Times Company and The Blethen Corp.(the majority owner of The Seattle Times Company). He is a member of the board of directors and board chair of Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, Washington), as well as a current board member of and past president of the Board of Directors of The Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Ketchum, Idaho). He was a member of the board of directors of First Interstate Bank-Washington and DeKalb Genetics (DeKalb, Illinois). In the nonprofit sector, Hamachek was the past board chair of Contemporary Crafts (Portland, Oregon); vice chair of the Arts Fund (Seattle, Washington); and on the board of Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, Washington) and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Connecticut). He also served on the board of trustees/directors of Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) and Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Oregon) and as past chair of the University of Washington School of Business Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Business School.
Dan Fulton served as president and CEO and a member of the board of directors of Weyerhaeuser Company, from 2008 through 2013, when he retired after nearly 38 years with the company.
Prior to becoming Weyerhaeuser’s CEO, Fulton served as the president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO) from 2001–2008. He first joined Weyerhaeuser in 1975, holding a number of roles throughout the organization during his career, primarily in the areas of real estate finance and development.
During Fulton’s tenure as Weyerhaeuser CEO, he was a member of the Business Roundtable (BRT) where he served as the chair of the BRT Housing Subcommittee, and he is past chair of the Washington Roundtable. He also served on the boards of a number of industry associations, including the National Alliance of Forest Owners, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Sustainable Forest Initiative, and the American Forest and Paper Association.
Fulton is a director of TRI Pointe Group, an NYSE-listed company that became a top 10 homebuilder in 2014 through its merger with WRECO. He also is a director of Saltchuk Resources, a Seattle-based company primarily engaged in transportation and distribution, and a director of Green Diamond Resource Company, a Seattle-based company engaged in the ownership and management of timberlands in the Western and Southeastern United States.
Fulton is the past chair of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University where he continues to serve as a senior industry fellow for Housing Studies. He is the past-chair of the United Way of King County and a member of the Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and the Advisory Council of the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska. He has been a trustee of the CED and The Conference Board since 2014.