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2013 trends in corporate sustainability and reporting

A webcast by Ernst & Young LLP and Greenbiz

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When the C-suite and the board promote sustainability, that message manifests itself throughout an organization.

In fact, when a CEO drives sustainability and reports progress to the board:

  • 86 percent of companies embed sustainability into strategic planning and capital budgeting
  • 70 percent weave social and environmental issues into their mission statement
  • 68 percent regularly discuss risks and opportunities with investors and other key stakeholders

These are some of the key findings from our recent annual study completed in collaboration with GreenBiz.

On May 8th, join our interactive webcast discussion, moderated by Leisha John, EY’s Americas Director of Environmental Sustainability, where we’ll dig deeper into these survey findings and explore practical applications for your company’s long-range sustainability strategy including:

  • The importance of engaging your CEOs and CFOs
  • How heightened risk and proximity of natural resource shortage is a risk
  • Aligning your corporate risk response to the scale of sustainability challenges
  • Benefits of integrating your sustainability reporting



Adam Carrel

Ernst & Young LLP

Adam Carrel is a Senior Manager and long-term member of Ernst & Young LLP's Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) team, originally based in Perth Australia. Adam now leads the New York-based team, and has worked across a range of industries supporting clients to identify and manage the environmental and social risks and opportunities associated with their activities at both a corporate and site level. As the environmental challenges facing organizations continue to mount, Adam is frequently presenting on this topic and particularly with respect to how these challenges are reflected in the findings of our annual Greenbiz survey.

Brendan LeBlanc

Ernst & Young LLP

Brendan LeBlanc is the Executive Director of Ernst & Young LLP's Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice. Brendan has more than 17 years of experience working with global public and private companies to provide financial and non-financial assurance services.

Brendan was recently appointed as a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group. His participation in the IIRC will provide the opportunity to help set the direction for integrated reporting and provide our clients with cutting-edge perspective on the direction of this global trend.

Brendan has specific experience with corporate social responsibility metrics, reporting and assurance, providing internal and external assurance services and reporting for global organizations. He has deep experience in implementing sustainability initiatives into internal balanced scorecards utilized to drive executive compensation.

Before joining EY, Brendan was the CEO of LeBlanc & Associates, a CPA firm focused on corporate social responsibility assurance services. Brendan served on the advisory board of the UL Environment (ULE) 880 — Sustainability for Manufacturers and was instrumental in the development of the verification procedures for the ULE Sustainability Program. He is a member of the AICPA’s Sustainability Committee and the subcommittee on integrated reporting, a former advisory board member to the ULE sustainability standard for manufacturers, a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Chris Walker

Ernst & Young LLP

Chris is an Associate Director in Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice. In this role he is concentrating on Financial Service and Insurance clients and market development, strategy, disclosure and impact extending to clients through the firm’s core services: assurance, advisory, tax and transaction advisory services.

For the last 15 years, Chris has been a pioneering thought leader in sustainability strategy and implementation, energy/carbon markets, climate risk and mitigation, cleantech and socially-responsible investing.

Prior to joining Ernst and Young, he served as the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, (the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust), and prior to that The Climate Group (North America the mission of both organizations was to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris is an Adjunct Professor at NY Law School – “Climate Change Issues in Real Estate and Business Transactions” and “Sports Sustainability at Columbia University.

He is a graduate with a BA and JD from St. John's University and attended the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown.


Leisha John

EY Organization

Leisha John is the Americas Director of Environmental Sustainability for the EY Organization. In her role, Leisha works with the firm’s leaders to develop and implement strategies to reduce EY’s impact on the environment. Her current focus is measuring EY’s carbon footprint, applying best practices in sustainability to the organization’s business processes and infrastructure, reporting, and engaging employees in adopting more eco-friendly ways of working.

Named to this position in 2008, Leisha’s background in strategy, innovation and large-scale strategic implementations, coupled with her passion for ‘all things green,’ makes her particularly well-suited for this role. Previously, Leisha was the CEO of EY’s Global Shared Services (GSS) center in Bangalore, India. Prior to relocating to India in 2004, Leisha was the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the US National Tax Compliance practice where she led the design and execution of strategic initiatives that transformed tax compliance service delivery.

Leisha is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Montana and is a member of the AICPA. Leisha is also a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional). She is based in Miami, Florida, where she also volunteers with the US Green Building Council as Treasurer and she is active with the Green Schools Committee.