Climate Change and Sustainability Services

Let's talk: sustainability

A new point of view for business leaders

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Introducing EY's new quarterly webcast series designed to give you a forum to talk directly to EY's Sustainability leaders about the trending topics in corporate sustainability.

Based on our experience serving some of the leading companies around the world and our direct involvement with leading NGOs, we will select a few top trending sustainability issues to discuss at each webcast. To kick-start the dialogue, we will have an array of knowledge leaders at the table to discuss conflict minerals, the transition to G4 reporting, sustainability's impact on consumer products and the World Federation of Exchanges.

 

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Panelists:

Jessica Bramhall

EY

Jessica Bramhall is a Senior Manager with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) team. She has specific experience with sustainability reporting and assurance for clients in the mining, manufacturing and financial services industries, among others.

Jessica has specific knowledge of existing and emerging reporting and assurance standards issued by the AICPA; IAASB; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol; the United Nations; International Labor Organization; and sector specific standard-setters such as the International Council on Mining and Metals.

Prior to joining EY, Jessica worked in the sustainability practice for another Big Four professional services firm. Her experience there also included internal controls audits and internal audit co-sourcing audits.

Jessica has a BS in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is certified by GRI. She also has active Department of Defense Secret Clearance.

Adam Carrel

EY

Adam Carrel is a Senior Manager and long-term member of EY’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. Adam regularly works with major international corporations. He has a breadth of experience consulting on ESG matters both in Australia and internationally with a recent focus on Southeast Asia.

Adam has experience managing social and environmental audits, assessing and improving environmental performance of portfolio companies, performing environmental and social risk assessments, managing annual sustainability reporting, participating in major risk assessments, managing development of key elements in carbon trading, remediating environmental issues and assessing/managing environmental impacts on organizational changes.

Adam has a BA from University of Melbourne and a Masters of International Development from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Rich Goode

EY

Rich Goode is a Senior Manager with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) team and has experience in implementing sustainability programs at large organizations. Rich regularly assists clients throughout the US with the development, verification and implementation of climate change and sustainability assurance competencies.

Rich is a subject matter resource in Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act regarding conflict minerals. In this role Rich has led or assisted the conflict minerals implementation efforts at over a dozen companies. Rich has in-depth experience with the Global Reporting Initiative, having led Carbon Disclosure Project Performance Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Index Sector Leadership wins.

Prior to joining EY, Rich was Head of Global Sustainability for Alcatel-Lucent, a Paris-based supplier of telecommunications equipment. Here, Rich implemented the first-ever sustainability function and led the company’s efforts in measuring, reporting and setting sustainability Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Rich received a BS from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Nichols College. He is also a graduate of the Presidio School of Management Executive Program in Sustainable Management.

Brendan LeBlanc

EY

Brendan LeBlanc is the Executive Director of EY’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

EY

Chris is a Senior Manager in EY’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice. He has more than 15 years of experience as a thought leader in sustainability strategy and implementation, energy and carbon markets, climate risk and mitigation, cleantech and socially responsible investing.

Prior to joining EY, he was the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust, whose mission is to accelerate the move to a low- carbon economy by saving energy and commercializing low- carbon technologies.

Chris has served on the National Academy of Science’s congressionally mandated study, America’s Climate Choices (July 2010), and as Executive Director for North America for the Climate Group. Additionally, as Head of Swiss Re’s Sustainability Business Development, Chris ran a unit responsible for developing commercial applications of Swiss Re’s Sustainability initiatives, as well as government affairs liaison on climate change and GHG emissions issues. Prior to Swiss Re, he practiced environmental law concentrating on asbestos and toxic tort litigation.

Chris has a BA and JD from St. John’s University and attended the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Chris is an adjunct professor at NY Law School and an Advisory Board member of The New Energy Index (NEX), the Katerva Awards and Dot.eco, an environmental upper-level domain initiative.

Moderator

Leisha John

EY

Leisha John is the EY Americas Director of Environmental Sustainability. 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.