Open to the Public, Talks & Lectures, University-wide
18 Apr 2018
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Transparency and Performance

Sustainability Seminar Series

Harry Etra

The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on April 18 with the talk "Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Transparency and Performance" by Harry Etra of CodeGreen Solutions.

The trends in corporate sustainability reporting and public disclosure are for the most part encouraging. First, more companies are reporting on their sustainability performance. According to the Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. more than 80 percent of S&P 500 companies published a corporate sustainability report in 2016. This number is up from only 20 percent in 2011. Even more encouraging is large and small companies are getting involved. According to KPMG, roughly three-quarters of the N100 companies — defined as the top 100 companies by revenue in 49 countries — released annual sustainability reports. In the real estate industry, there has been a mixed response to corporate sustainability reporting at the investor level. A considerable number of listed companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs) still do not publicly disclose ESG performance data, despite increasing investor demand. This talk will explore the different corporate sustainability reporting frameworks available for publically traded and privately held companies with a focus on the impact of sustainability reporting in the real estate.

As Director of Business Development and Partnerships at CodeGreen Solutions (www.codegreensolutions.com), Harry works with new and existing clients on developing and implementing their sustainability strategies at the organizational and asset levels. He also develops relationships and partnerships with companies that align with CodeGreen’s goals and support our mission of helping our clients reduce their environmental impacts. Harry’s experience includes working with clients to earn recognition through Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting programs such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year program. He has managed the LEED for Existing Buildings certification process for over 20 million square feet of commercial office space. He has also led product development for CodeGreen’s software solutions division, which includes CodeGreen’s free energy compliance mobile app and ProAct, CodeGreen’s sustainability and energy tracking tool. He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, his BA from Yale University, is a LEED AP: O&M (Operations & Maintenance), and a Fitwel Ambassador.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected]

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people. Please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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