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Aug 02, 2021

Governance Matters: Learn about the Value Reporting Foundation and proxy season takeaways

The latest episode of the Governance Matters podcast looks at ESG reporting standardization and this year’s E&S shareholder proposals

‘One of our top priorities is to drive simplification in the landscape,’ says Janine Guillot, CEO of the Value Reporting Foundation – the organization created by the merger between SASB and the International Integration Reporting Council.

In the latest episode of the podcast, Governance Matters host Jeff Cossette catches up with Guillot to discuss her vision for the future of investor-facing ESG reporting and how the Value Reporting Foundation is working with the IFRS Foundation toward standardization.

‘We definitely think the alphabet soup can simplify and we think it can simplify around the concept of target users,’ Guillot says. ’I think it’s possible to envision a global set of standards targeted at the investor user, thinking through the lens of how sustainability issues impact financial performance and enterprise value.’

In part two of the episode, Ben Ashwell talks to Hannah Orowitz, senior managing director on Georgeson’s corporate governance advisory team, about the eye-catching takeaways from this year’s proxy season, from support for environmental-related proposals and uncertainty about say-on-climate efforts to discussions around diversity, equity and inclusion.



The Governance Matters podcast provides listeners with insight into cutting-edge issues of the day for corporate secretaries, general counsel and other governance professionals.

The series looks at how the role of the corporate secretary and the board has evolved over time, as well as how the governance landscape continues to change. From ESG to entity management, shareholder engagement to technology, hear from award-winning governance professionals and leading advisers about the latest public company governance matters.

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Jeff Cossette

A graduate of Carleton University's School of Journalism, Jeff Cossette is a freelance writer who lives in Prince Edward Island with Susie