The Future of Corporate Sustainability Reporting

In this workshop, a panel of experts will discuss the future of sustainability reporting, including existing and emerging standards, and representatives from several corporations will describe their organization’s unique experience with sustainability reporting, to include motivations and lessons learned.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
460 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Corporate Sustainability Reporting is now a mainstream practice among the Fortune 500, enabling companies to respond to investors and other stakeholders regarding environmental and social impacts. But unlike financial reporting which follows a standardized approach, sustainability reporting practices and disclosures vary greatly among reporters.   


Magali Delmas
Professor of Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Director, UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance

Magali Delmas is a Professor of management at the University of California Los Angeles. Standing at the crossroads of policy and management, Magali’s research focuses on the various interactions between environmental policy and business strategy at the national and international level. She seeks to understand how environmental policies influences firms' strategies and performance and in turn how firms help shape environmental policy. Magali’s current work includes the analysis of the effectiveness of firms' voluntary actions to mitigate climate change. She is involved in several projects related to firms' voluntary strategies to reduce greenhouse gases in the electric utility sector. She is also engaged in refining current methodologies to measure and communicate firm's and products' environmental performance. Previous to embarking on an academic career she worked at the European Commission as the economic advisor of the Director for Industry.


Brad Sparks
Director, KPMG International Global Citizenship

Brad Sparks is a Director with KPMG International Global Citizenship. He has global responsibility for KPMG’s environmental sustainability and also leads the global network’s participation in the IIRC Integrated Reporting pilot.  In addition, he works closely with KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services to produce thought leadership and develop services designed to improve the sustainability performance of clients. Brad also serves as KPMG’s Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is a co-chair of the WBCSD’s GHG Management Group.  Prior to Brad’s current position, he served as Director with KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice, assisting clients with a variety of corporate responsibility initiatives such as sustainability reporting, sustainability data collection methodologies and codes of conduct.

Mike Wallace
Director, Focal Point USA, Global Reporting Initiative

Mike Wallace is the Director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Focal Point USA & Canada. GRI is an international non-profit organization that promotes economic sustainability and provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework. GRI is the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, with over 80% of the Global 250 using GRI when they report on sustainability. Mike has almost 20-years of international experience advising corporations, non-profits and government agencies in the development and implementation of sustainability programs. He is a recognized expert in the field and in addition to speaking globally on the topic of sustainability, he has given expert testimony to the European Commission, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, and a range of business associations like the US Business Roundtable and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Mike has been recognized for his expertise in the field by his inclusion in the NACD’s 2011 Directorship 100, and in Trust Across America’s 2010 Top 100 Thought Leaders.  He has authored numerous articles on the topic and was a contributor to Climate Change – a Guide to Carbon Law & Practice.

John Kim
Manager, Disney Corporate Citizenship, Insights & Integration

John Kim is a manager on the Insights and Integration team within The Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Citizenship department. He leads the company’s citizenship reporting efforts and their work in prioritizing, monitoring, and responding to citizenship/sustainability rankings and ratings. Previously he was the Better World marketing manager at Herman Miller, an account planner at Lipman Hearne and a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. He has his master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and a BS in human development and policy analysis and management from Cornell University

Katie Schmitz Eulitt
Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Advisory Council Chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Katie Schmitz Eulitt has been exploring and making the business case for sustainable development for over 15 years. Her industry experience is wide-ranging and includes: finance; oil and gas; electric power; renewable energy; fine arts, and; public relations. She has lived and worked in 9 countries on 4 continents. Katie earned her B.A. in Japanese at UC Berkeley, an MBA from Institut Européen dAdministration des Affaires (INSEAD, France), and a certificate in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. Katie is a board member of the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative. Her children and husband teach her some of life’s greatest lessons.


Sponsor(s): Center for Corporate Environmental Performance