Global network of ethical influential active collaborators

Championing best-practice comparable, assurable sustainability reporting

Sustainable development through effective corporate reporting is an imperative for people, planet and prosperity. 

 

The world needs all organizations:

  • Equipped and publishing value-adding sustainability reports
  • Developing and thinking in an integrated manner
  • Accessing the best available expertise
  • Delivering valuable business impacts

 

I founded the ESG Exchange to collaborate (SDG 17) global expertise and make quality education (SDG 4) accessible for this purpose.

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Purpose

Promote global sustainable development through effective sustainability reporting

by making accessible necessary expertise through global collaboration.

The ESG Exchange is an initiative of the Good Governance Academy

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Governing Council

The Governing Council guides and oversees the ESG Exchange such that it fulfils its purpose and strategic objectives according to the defined ESG Exchange values.


Membership is comprised of active participants exhibiting diversity of thought and representation, including regional, gender, cultural, sectoral, and generational diversity.

Chair

Harry Broadman

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee represents participation by, and provides guidance on, the various associated frameworks, standards, initiatives, regulatory and professional bodies, and contributes to, and oversees the ESG Exchange content produced by the Technical Committee.


Membership is comprised of representatives of organizations owning, developing, or promoting frameworks, standards, initiatives, regulations, and the like, within the scope of the ESG Exchange. Members are appointed by the Governing Council according to a defined set of approved criteria.

Chair

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Chair

Peadar Duffy

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee populates and continuously improves the ESG Exchange content and programmes in response to the needs of the ESG Exchange’s relevant stakeholders.

Membership is comprised of active experts exhibiting global, regional, sectoral, academic, and professional diversity as necessary. Members are appointed by the Advisory Committee according to a defined set of approved criteria.

The Technical Committee establishes Working Groups to assist it with its work and meets four times per year.

Chief Executive

Carolynn Chalmers

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee leads and monitors the operations of the ESG Exchange such that the ESG Exchange fulfils its purpose and strategic objectives according to the defined ESG Exchange values.

Membership is comprised of those responsible for the various ESG Exchange operational areas.

The Executive Committee meets as often as necessary, but at least once per month.

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Harry Broadman

Chair, ESG Exchange Governing Council

Dr. Harry G. Broadman is a Partner and Chair of Emerging Markets at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) LLC, a global consultancy focused on structuring cross-border investment transactions and providing testimony on complex business global disputes in international litigation or arbitration. He is also a member of the Johns Hopkins University faculty. He is an independent corporate director on four boards—all international firms—serving as Audit Committee Chair; Compensation Committee Chair, and Executive Committee Member. He is a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a Commissioned NACD Board Advisory Services Faculty Member.
Broadman is an expert on multinational corporate finance; sustainability and corporate governance; global supply chain management; cybersecurity; innovation and R&D; international investment treaties and trade agreements; and antitrust and economic regulation. He has worked on the ground in 85+ emerging markets spanning 5 continents, especially China, India, Africa, Latin America, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, and the Balkans.


Prior to coming to BRG, he was Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded and led PwC’s Business Growth Strategy Management Consulting Practice; Managing Director at Albright Capital Management, the international private equity firm Chaired by Madeleine Albright, where he served on the Investment Committee; a senior official at The World Bank, overseeing the bank’s largest sovereign and enterprise restructuring loans in China, Russia, and Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.


Earlier Broadman served in the White House, first as Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and then as United States Assistant Trade Representative, leading negotiations establishing the WTO and NAFTA, all U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties and all U.S. International Science and Technology Agreements, as well as serving as a Member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He was Chief Economist, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Previously, he served on the Harvard University Faculty; the RAND Corporation; The Brookings Institution; and Resources for the Future Inc.


He is a monthly Business Leadership Strategy columnist for Forbes; a quarterly National Security Columnist for the International Financial Law Review; and a frequent columnist for the Financial Times.
Broadman’s most recent books are: Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier; The State as Shareholder: China’s Management of Enterprise Assets; and From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy.


He was educated at Brown University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Paul Watchman

Special Legal Adviser at UNEP Principles of Sustainable Development

Paul Watchman is a recognised legal authority in areas connected with ESG. He is formerly a partner of magic circle firm Freshfields.

He was named by Ethical Corporation with Hank Paulson, former United States Secretary of the Treasury, as one of the six most influential global figures in the development of sustainable finance and has been awarded the Thomson Reuters Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of ESG (Environment Social and Governance) in 2010.

He is a leading figure in the development of policy, business and financial practice, national and international legal norms and voluntary codes and standards and a recognised authority and thought leader in areas such as business and human rights, sustainable finance, corporate responsibility, and climate change law.

 

He has a long association with the United Nations and the Principles of Responsible Investment. He has acted as Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEPFI) on a number of projects. This includes being the principal author of a report on fiduciary duties which was an influential report credited with revolutionising market practice on the legality of integrating ESG considerations into the investment decision-making by pension funds and other investment houses.

Jane Diplock

Professional international company director

Jane Diplock AO is an international professional director. She has has extensive governance experience on Boards of listed, unlisted, not for profit and private companies. She has significant regulatory, standard setting, digitisation and sustainability experience. Formerly, Jane was Chair of IOSCO, International Organisation of Securities Commissions for 7 years and Chairman of New Zealand Securities Commission for 9 years.

 

Jane’s qualifications include:

  • BA(Hons), Dip Ed, LLB (Sydney University)
  • Dip Int. Law, Int. Economics, Int. Relations (ANU)
  • Chevening Fellow (LSE)

Currently Jane fulfils the following positions:

Former Roles include:

  • Member Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) (Retired)
  • Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director, International Integrated Reporting Council Board ( Retired)
  • Member International Advisory Board of SEBI the Indian Securities Market Regulator (Retired)
  • Member International Advisory Committee CSRC China (Retired)

 

Specialties: Her experience over the past 10 years has focussed on governance and standard setting at global and national levels, capital markets, sustainability and digitisation. She has particular focus and experience in Asia through her roles on Singapore Exchange Limited and Advisory Boards in China India on capital markets.

Veronica Poole

Deloitte Global IFRS and corporate reporting leader

Veronica is a vice chair of Deloitte UK, Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting leader and NSE Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting.

 

She leads Deloitte’s contributions to the WEF IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, and has facilitated the work of the leading sustainability standard-setters to develop a prototype climate standard, helped launch the UK Directors’ Climate Forum—Chapter Zero, and spearheaded Deloitte’s partnership with the A4S Finance for the Future Awards.

 

She is a member of the UK Accounting Council, Chair of the Advisory Group Financial Reporting Committee and a former member of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury. 

 

Her current priorities include influencing and driving change in the accounting and corporate reporting and in the accounting profession, including reporting of ESG and climate-related financial and business risks. She works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and professional bodies to advance the goal of better corporate reporting.

Alan Johnson

President International Federation of Accountants

Alan Johnson became IFAC President in November 2020, having previously served as Deputy President from 2018-2020 and aboard member since November 2015. He was nominated to the IFAC board by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

 

On January 1, 2021, Alan was appointed a non-executive director and member of the Audit and the Succession & Appointments Committees of Imperial Brands plc, a FTSE 100 company in the UK.

 

Alan is a former non-executive Director of Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A., a food retailer with operations in Portugal, Poland, and Colombia, having completed his board mandate in 2016.  He is currently the independent chairman of the company’s Internal Control Committee. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of Jerónimo Martins from 2012 to 2014.

 

Between 2005 and 2011 Alan served as Chief Audit Executive for the Unilever Group. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Unilever’s Global Foods businesses and worked for Unilever for 35 years in various finance positions in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

 

Mr. Johnson was a member of the IFAC Professional Accountants in Business Committee between 2011 and 2015, a member of the ACCA’s Market Oversight Committee between 2006 and 2012 and chair of the ACCA Accountants for Business Global Forum until 2018. Alan was a member of the board of Gildat Strauss Israel between 2003 and 2004.

 

Mr. Johnson is the chair of the board of governors of St. Julian’s School in Portugal and chairs its Finance & Bursaries Committees.

 

In October 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council and chairs its audit committee.

 

Between July 2018 and September 2020 he was a non-executive director of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and chaired its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.

Caroline Rees

President and co-founder of SHIFT

As the President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline leads the organizational strategy and development. She drives the organization’s  thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for business and human rights. Caroline speaks extensively at events around the world and frequently facilitates dialogue and debate amongst companies, governments, investors and civil society.

 

In recent years, Caroline has focused on improving corporate human rights reporting as a catalyst for better human rights risk management, and on improving the data and methods used in evaluating companies’ social performance as part of ESG (environmental, social and governance) analysis. She has written and spoken extensively on the relevance of business respect for human rights, and the UNGPs specifically, to movements that seek to advance sustainability, equality, ESG investing, stakeholder capitalism, and human and social capital.

 

Caroline previously:

  • Spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • From 2003 to 2006 she led the UK’s human rights negotiating team at the UN and she ran the negotiations to establish the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights. The success of this initiative led to Professor John Ruggie’s appointment
  • From 2007-2011 Caroline was a lead advisor on John’s team and deeply involved in the drafting of the Guiding Principles
  • From 2009 to 2011 Caroline was also the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and she remains a Senior Program Fellow there

 

Caroline is a Commissioner on the BUSINESS COMMISSION TO TACKLE INEQUALITY, a member of the ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE INVESTOR ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, the Advisory Group to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, the Advisory Council to Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative and the Advisory Panel of the Capitals Coalition.

Caroline’s prior British foreign service career covered Iran, Slovakia, the UN Security Council in New York and the European Union in Brussels.

 

Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Caroline is a British national and speaks English, French and German.

Paul Druckman

Chairman, World Benchmarking Alliance

A passionate global leader in capital market reform – from corporate governance to reporting & measurement; to sustainability.

He is well known and respected in business, regulation and in the accounting profession worldwide. Following an entrepreneurial career in the accountancy software industry, He has operated as a non‐executive chairman and director for companies in a variety of sectors.
He is Chairman of the World Benchmarking Alliance which is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone through free and transparent benchmarks and rankings

In the accounting profession his highlights include being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; being on the City Takeover Panel; and as a Board member of the UK regulator, the Financial Reporting Council. The FRC non-executive role was over 2 separate terms, including the post Enron era and then again until 2019. He also chaired the FRC’s Corporate Reporting Council which sets UK accounting standards and currently is chairing a major FRC project on the Future of Corporate Reporting.

In the field of sustainability, a highlight was chairing HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board for many years, whilst his last full-time role was at the International Integrated Reporting Council where he helped create and then led the team as CEO for five years from inception.

He has a variety of other roles currently – from chairing Clear Insurance; to being a Board member of the Shift Project, which brings respect for human rights to business via the UN Guiding Principles; to being a Board member of SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board).

Mr. Druckman is an Ambassador for A4S and an Honorary Professor at Durham Business School.

Stefano Zambon

Professor of Accounting and Business Administration at University of Ferrara

Stefano Zambon holds:

  • A BSc in Business Economics from the University of Venice
  • MSc and PhD in Accounting and Management Studies from the London School of Economics.
  • Financial analyst with the Italian Association of Financial Analysts (AIAF) since 2010
  • Chartered accountant and State-registered auditor since, respectively, 1986 and 1995

 

Stefano is a Professor of Accounting and Business Economics at the University of Ferrara, Italy and previously taught at the Universities of Venice and Padua. He has taken up visiting appointments in universities in four continents, including Waseda School of Management (Tokyo), Stern Business School (New York University), Christchurch (New Zealand), London Business School, HEC, CNAM and ESCP in Paris, Metz, Reading (UK), Melbourne, and Passau (Germany).

 

Stefano has more than 110 publications in books and international scientific journals in the areas of management and reporting of intangibles, international financial reporting, accounting theory and history, integrated reporting. He is also a Member of various editorial boards of international journals, as well as a Member of the Board of the European Accounting Association from 1997 to 2003.

 

Since 2005, Stefano has organized the academic European (EIASM) Conferences on “Intangibles and Intellectual Capital”. Also since 2005, he has been a Member of the EIASM professorial Faculty in Brussels. Stefano has been the keynote speaker on topics linked to intangibles at OECD, United Nations, European Parliament, European Commission, and French, Chinese and Japanese Governments’ events.

 

From April 2014 to 2018, Stefano was the President of the official Expert Group on Intangibles set up by the French Government (Ministry of Economy and Finance). In May 2020, Stefano was appointed as President of the “Jury” for the evaluation and assignment of the 1st edition of the “French Company Awards for the Intangible” (“Trophées de l’immatériel”) granted by the Observatoire de l’Immatériel. From 2002-03, Stefano coordinated the Study for the European Commission (DG Enterprise) on “The Measurement of Intangible Assets and the Associated Reporting Practices”.

 

Over the years, Stefano has been a member of various EC Expert Groups on intangibles, intellectual capital, and intellectual property. In February 2020, he coordinated and was the main author of the “Academic Literature Review on Intangibles” on behalf of EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group). Stefano is a founding Member of the International Network “World Intellectual Capital/Assets Initiative” – WICI, and was the Global Chair from 2015 to 2019. From 2012 to 2018, he was the Secretary General of the Italian Network for Business Reporting (NIBR/WICI Italy), and since July 2019 to date has been the Secretary General of the new Italian Foundation for Business Reporting (O.I.B.R. Foundation).

 

Stefano’s other responsibilities include:

  • Member of the EFFAS (European Association of Financial Analysts)’s General Assembly and the EFFAS Commission on ESG
  • Member of the Research Panel of ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants)
  • Member of both the “National Accounting Standards Group” and of the “International Accounting Standards Group” of the Italian Accounting Standard Setter (Organismo Italiano di Contabilità – OIC).

 

In 2016-17, he was the official Italian Government’s candidate to the Board of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

In 2019 and 2020, Stefano has been the President of the Judging Committee for the Italian Award on the Best Annual Integrated Report.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO, Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, with a 30-year record of turning environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She works with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.

 

Helle is the founder and chief executive of Competent Boards, which offers online climate and ESG programs that draw on the experience of over 150 renowned board members, executives, and investors. Hundreds of directors and senior executives have enrolled in these programs to mitigate the risks and seize the opportunities presented by ESG and climate change.

 

A regular keynote speaker at major events, Helle is also the author of the newly published book Stewards of The Future: A Guide for Competent Boards, an Amazon bestseller. This book shows boards must have the insight and foresight to ask the right questions of management on complex issues such as climate change, ESG, corruption, cybersecurity, human trafficking and supply-chain resilience to realize long-term profits and sustainability.

 

Helle serves at:

  • Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence’s Sustainability & ESG Insights Council;
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network for Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Emerging Multinationals;
  • His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel;
  • The Non-financial Digitisation Working Group of the Impact Management Project (IMP);
  • The Reuters Panel of Expert Judges for the Responsible Business Awards;
  • Canadian Climate Governance Experts –- a Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative.

She has served as the Chair of the European Sustainability Reporting Association (ESRA), the Global Compact Network Canada, Datamaran, and as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Sustainability Policy Group of the Institute of European Accountants (FEE).

 

She trained as a business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant (CPA) in Denmark, and holds a master’s degree in business administration and auditing. She is a former PwC audit and advisory partner in Denmark and the United States, leading the firm’s sustainability and climate practices.

Helle has pioneered corporate reporting of ESG as part of the widening recognition that environmental, social, and governance issues are a crucial contributor to any organization’s success—or failure. She created the world’s first “green account” based on lifecycle assessment, and the first integrated annual report that combines ESG with financial performance. She has worked on natural capital accounting for the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

 

In 2020 she was awarded the Global Impact Award and named one of “5 people in ESG to look out for,” and she was recently selected as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in the Green Economy in the US and Canada for 2022. Helle is also the author of many thought-leading articles.

Peadar Duffy

Global ESG Practice Lead at Archer Integrated Risk Management

Peadar is the Global ESG Practice Lead at Archer and has been at the leading edge of risk professionalism assisting companies manage strategic risks for some 30 years.

 

He has written a paper explaining why a systems approach is required to understand and manage Quantum Risks which he has defined. Recently Peadar published an article about ESG Quantum Effects in which he gives practical advice to those who are new to the topic.

 

More broadly in bringing first hand military experience to the boardroom Peadar has developed a portfolio of AI enabled risk assessment automations providing relevant information from both inside and outside organizations.

 

Peadar’s Specialties’ include:-
1. Understanding and protecting business models
2. Delivering ‘built-in’ versus ‘bolt on’ risk management so increasing the likelihood of achieving business objectives and outperforming less responsive competitors
3. Providing demonstrably credible safeguards to competitive advantage
4. Building and strengthening strategic resiliency 
5. Providing ‘turnkey’ solutions with rapid deployment and immediate benefits delivery

 

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