ESG is quickly rising on board agendas. Many major corporations now have dedicated ESG committees on their boards, are adding to their ESG skillsets, and are holding executive leadership accountable for ESG performance. But does this perception of increased ESG integration match up to reality? In this session, we will hear from current board members of major corporations as well as external groups pushing for more ESG board integration. They will provide their own perspectives on what really happens on ESG inside the boardroom and how it currently matches up with stakeholder expectations.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Merck & Co.
Geralyn S. Ritter is senior vice president at Merck & Co., Inc. and has been appointed executive vice president external affairs and corporate governance at Organon & Co., the new company that is planned to spin-off from Merck in 2021. Ritter served as corporate secretary of Merck from 2012-2020, and led corporate governance at the company, advising both senior management and the board of directors. Ritter also led engagement with the company’s major shareholders on a wide array of governance matters.
Earlier in her career at Merck, Ritter served as senior vice president of global public policy and president of the Merck Foundation. Prior to Merck, she was senior vice president for international affairs at PhRMA and also worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Covington & Burling.
Eni, BSR, Viridor, CFA Institute
Karina Litvack serves on the boards of Eni S.p.A., Viridor Waste Management Limited, the CFA Institute and BSR, following a 25-year career in sustainable investment. Litvack also co-founded Chapter Zero, a project launched under the auspices of the World Economic Forum that works with non-executive directors to put climate change at the heart of board strategy and processes.
With more than 20 years of sustainable development experience, John leads BSR's global infrastructure and financial services practices, advising companies on corporate sustainability strategy, responsible investing and project development, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk management.
Before BSR, John was the founder and president of SunOne Solutions, a leading carbon project developer in North and South America. John worked as a staff member in the World Bank's sustainable development group, where he managed global energy and transport infrastructure projects and the vice president for sustainable development's front office, and served as the infrastructure advisor in the Thailand and Kosovo country offices. He has also held positions in the airline transport industry, with a private infrastructure project developer in Chile, and with an impact investing fund in the Balkans.
John holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, an International M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, and a B.S. in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University.
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