Global network of ethical influential active collaborators
Championing best-practice comparable, assurable sustainability reporting
The ESG Exchange is a new wholly independent, interdisciplinary, global entity.
We enable firms throughout the world to focus on sharing lessons about which business strategies to drive superior sustainability, investment, and market outcomes, and reduce effort spent on how to publish such disclosures.
The result is:
Operating by achieving global consensus and curating current best-in-class content
Convening coalitions across jurisdictions of cross-industry executives, investment and business regulators, standard setters, professional associations, management and financial experts and educators, sustainability thought leaders, and stakeholders along the entire ESG spectrum.
Utilizing an innovative web-based platform to:
Our unique positioning
freely available services
find relevant content
also anonymously and
receive answers from the
community moderated by experts
on the discussion forums
create groups and develop
per subject or full programme to implement the management and governance systems required
pay for proctored assessments
and achieve certifications of
join an active community engaging in learning opportunities, networking and informational alerts!
be guided through the playbooks at your pace, with your industry peers, in your team, at your pace.
submit content, training, products and services for review, consideration and endorsement.
Comparable, assurable, repeatable sustainability information
building bridges between organizational silos
capabilities and competencies
creating value over time
with continual improvement
Guide and oversee The ESG Exchange such that it fulfils its purpose and mission objectives according to its values and ways of work.
Professor Mervyn King SC
Represent participation by and provide guidance on the various associated frameworks, standards, initiatives, regulatory and professional guidance, and contribute to and oversee the Technical Committee’s curated content and playbooks.
Populate and continuously improve The ESG Exchange content and playbooks in response to the needs of The ESG Exchange’s relevant stakeholders, curating content and respecting intellectual property to make accessible the best available expertise.
Provide excellent administrative support services underpinned by innovative and evolving technology; lead and manage The ESG Exchange’s activities to deliver the agreed stakeholder value and global impact.
Sustainable development through effective corporate reporting is an imperative for people, planet and prosperity.
The world needs all organizations:
I founded The ESG Exchange to collaborate (SDG 17) global expertise and make quality education (SDG 4) accessible for this purpose.
The Governing Council guides and oversees The ESG Exchange such that it fulfils its purpose and strategic objectives according to the defined values.
Membership is comprised of active participants exhibiting diversity of thought and representation, including regional, gender, cultural, sectoral, and generational diversity.
The Advisory Committee represents participation by, and provides guidance on, the various associated frameworks, standards, initiatives, regulatory and professional bodies, and contributes to, and oversees the ESG Exchange content produced by the Technical Committee.
Membership is comprised of representatives of organizations owning, developing, or promoting frameworks, standards, initiatives, regulations, and the like, within the scope of The ESG Exchange. Members are appointed by the Governing Council according to a defined set of approved criteria.
The Technical Committee populates and continuously improves The ESG Exchange content and programmes in response to the needs of The ESG Exchange’s relevant stakeholders.
Membership is comprised of active experts exhibiting global, regional, sectoral, academic, and professional diversity as necessary. Members are appointed according to a defined set of approved criteria.
The Technical Committee establishes Practice Groups to assist it with its work and meets four times per year.
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The Chief Executive Officer leads and monitors the administration of The ESG Exchange and its suppliers such that The ESG Exchange fulfils its purpose and mission objectives.
The administration team fulfils many responsibilities including: community engagement, events management, certifications, endorsements, marketing and media, content management / editorial, legal, finance and IT.
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Dr. Harry G. Broadman is a Partner at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) LLC, a global consultancy, where his practice is focused on structuring cross-border operational transactions and strategies of businesses worldwide, as well as serving as an expert witness testifying in international litigation and arbitration on global commercial disputes. He chairs BRG’s Emerging Markets Practice and BRG’s National and Economic Security Practice. His clients are C-suite executives and boards of directors of multinational corporations, private equity firms, pension funds, institutional investors, and sovereign wealth funds. He is also a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and serves as a non-executive director on four boards—all international firms—serving as Board Chair (The ESG Exchange); Audit Committee Chair (Partners Global); and Compensation Committee Chair (Strategic Ratings PLC). He is a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a Commissioned NACD Board Advisory Services Faculty Member. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network.
Broadman is an expert on multinational corporate investment; ESG, sustainability and corporate governance; global supply chain management; cybersecurity; innovation and R&D; international investment treaties and trade agreements; and antitrust and economic regulation. His industry sector expertise spans international finance, private equity and banking; global infrastructure services, particularly shipping and logistics, aviation and land transport, utilities, informatics, telecoms, and construction; and renewable and conventional energy, mining, and natural resources. He has worked on the ground in 85+ emerging markets spanning 5 continents, especially in China and East Asia; India; Latin America; Eastern and Central Europe and Russia and the CIS; Northern and sub-Saharan Africa; the Middle East; Turkey and the Balkans.
Prior to his current posts, Broadman was Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded and led PwC’s Global Business Growth Strategy Management Consulting Practice, and also served as PwC’s Chief Economist; Managing Director at Albright Capital Management, the international private equity firm Chaired by Madeleine Albright, where he served on the Investment Committee; a senior official at The World Bank, overseeing the bank’s largest sovereign and enterprise restructuring loans, including in China, Russia, and Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and serving as the Economic Advisor for Africa.
Earlier he served in the White House, first as Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and then as United States Assistant Trade Representative, leading negotiations across all the services industries for the establishment of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), the WTO and NAFTA; all negotiations of U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties; and all negotiations of all U.S. International Science and Technology Agreements. He also served as a Member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). Before coming to the White House, he was Chief Economist, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Previously, he served on the Harvard University Faculty; the RAND Corporation; The Brookings Institution; and Resources for the Future Inc.
He is a monthly Business Leadership Strategy Columnist for Forbes; a quarterly National Security Columnist for the International Financial Law Review; and a frequent columnist for the Financial Times. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in professional economics, finance, foreign policy and law journals. Broadman’s most recent books are Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier; The State as Shareholder: China’s Management of Enterprise Assets; and From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy.
He was educated at Brown University, from which he graduated with an AB in economics magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.
Paul Watchman is a recognised legal authority in areas connected with ESG. He is formerly a partner of magic circle firm Freshfields.
He was named by Ethical Corporation with Hank Paulson, former United States Secretary of the Treasury, as one of the six most influential global figures in the development of sustainable finance and has been awarded the Thomson Reuters Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of ESG (Environment Social and Governance) in 2010.
He is a leading figure in the development of policy, business and financial practice, national and international legal norms and voluntary codes and standards and a recognised authority and thought leader in areas such as business and human rights, sustainable finance, corporate responsibility, and climate change law.
He has a long association with the United Nations and the Principles of Responsible Investment. He has acted as Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEPFI) on a number of projects. This includes being the principal author of a report on fiduciary duties which was an influential report credited with revolutionising market practice on the legality of integrating ESG considerations into the investment decision-making by pension funds and other investment houses.
Jane Diplock AO is an international professional director. She has has extensive governance experience on Boards of listed, unlisted, not for profit and private companies. She has significant regulatory, standard setting, digitisation and sustainability experience. Formerly, Jane was Chair of IOSCO, International Organisation of Securities Commissions for 7 years and Chairman of New Zealand Securities Commission for 9 years.
Jane’s qualifications include:
Currently Jane fulfils the following positions:
Former Roles include:
Specialties: Her experience over the past 10 years has focussed on governance and standard setting at global and national levels, capital markets, sustainability and digitisation. She has particular focus and experience in Asia through her roles on Singapore Exchange Limited and Advisory Boards in China India on capital markets.
Veronica is a vice chair of Deloitte UK, Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting leader and NSE Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting.
She leads Deloitte’s contributions to the WEF IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, and has facilitated the work of the leading sustainability standard-setters to develop a prototype climate standard, helped launch the UK Directors’ Climate Forum—Chapter Zero, and spearheaded Deloitte’s partnership with the A4S Finance for the Future Awards.
She is a member of the UK Accounting Council, Chair of the Advisory Group Financial Reporting Committee and a former member of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury.
Her current priorities include influencing and driving change in the accounting and corporate reporting and in the accounting profession, including reporting of ESG and climate-related financial and business risks. She works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and professional bodies to advance the goal of better corporate reporting.
Alan Johnson became IFAC President in November 2020, having previously served as Deputy President from 2018-2020 and aboard member since November 2015. He was nominated to the IFAC board by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
On January 1, 2021, Alan was appointed a non-executive director and member of the Audit and the Succession & Appointments Committees of Imperial Brands plc, a FTSE 100 company in the UK.
Alan is a former non-executive Director of Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A., a food retailer with operations in Portugal, Poland, and Colombia, having completed his board mandate in 2016. He is currently the independent chairman of the company’s Internal Control Committee. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of Jerónimo Martins from 2012 to 2014.
Between 2005 and 2011 Alan served as Chief Audit Executive for the Unilever Group. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Unilever’s Global Foods businesses and worked for Unilever for 35 years in various finance positions in Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the IFAC Professional Accountants in Business Committee between 2011 and 2015, a member of the ACCA’s Market Oversight Committee between 2006 and 2012 and chair of the ACCA Accountants for Business Global Forum until 2018. Alan was a member of the board of Gildat Strauss Israel between 2003 and 2004.
Mr. Johnson is the chair of the board of governors of St. Julian’s School in Portugal and chairs its Finance & Bursaries Committees.
In October 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council and chairs its audit committee.
Between July 2018 and September 2020 he was a non-executive director of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and chaired its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.
A passionate global leader in capital market reform – from corporate governance to reporting & measurement; to sustainability.
He is well known and respected in business, regulation and in the accounting profession worldwide. Following an entrepreneurial career in the accountancy software industry, He has operated as a non‐executive chairman and director for companies in a variety of sectors.
He is Chairman of the World Benchmarking Alliance which is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone through free and transparent benchmarks and rankings
In the accounting profession his highlights include being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; being on the City Takeover Panel; and as a Board member of the UK regulator, the Financial Reporting Council. The FRC non-executive role was over 2 separate terms, including the post Enron era and then again until 2019. He also chaired the FRC’s Corporate Reporting Council which sets UK accounting standards and currently is chairing a major FRC project on the Future of Corporate Reporting.
In the field of sustainability, a highlight was chairing HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board for many years, whilst his last full-time role was at the International Integrated Reporting Council where he helped create and then led the team as CEO for five years from inception.
He has a variety of other roles currently – from chairing Clear Insurance; to being a Board member of the Shift Project, which brings respect for human rights to business via the UN Guiding Principles; to being a Board member of SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board).
Mr. Druckman is an Ambassador for A4S and an Honorary Professor at Durham Business School.
As the President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline leads the organizational strategy and development. She drives the organization’s thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for business and human rights. Caroline speaks extensively at events around the world and frequently facilitates dialogue and debate amongst companies, governments, investors and civil society.
In recent years, Caroline has focused on improving corporate human rights reporting as a catalyst for better human rights risk management, and on improving the data and methods used in evaluating companies’ social performance as part of ESG (environmental, social and governance) analysis. She has written and spoken extensively on the relevance of business respect for human rights, and the UNGPs specifically, to movements that seek to advance sustainability, equality, ESG investing, stakeholder capitalism, and human and social capital.
Caroline is a Commissioner on the BUSINESS COMMISSION TO TACKLE INEQUALITY, a member of the ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE INVESTOR ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, the Advisory Group to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, the Advisory Council to Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative and the Advisory Panel of the Capitals Coalition.
Caroline’s prior British foreign service career covered Iran, Slovakia, the UN Security Council in New York and the European Union in Brussels.
Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Caroline is a British national and speaks English, French and German.
Mr. Koushik Chatterjee joined Tata Steel in 1995. During his stint in the Company, he worked in the areas of Corporate Finance and Planning. Mr. Chatterjee was appointed the Vice President (Finance) in August 2004. During his tenure, Mr. Chatterjee has led the first overseas acquisition of the Company – NatSteel Asia in South East Asia. He subsequently led the acquisition of Millennium Steel (now Tata Steel Thailand) in Thailand followed by the acquisition of Corus Group in 2006-07, the Country’s largest acquisition of that time.
With the announcement of the new Tata Steel Group post the acquisition of Corus, Mr. Chatterjee was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in January 2008. He was inducted into the Board of the Company as a full time Director in 2012. He has been responsible for Group Financial Reporting, Investor Relations, Financing Strategy including debt and equity raising, Corporate M&A, Risk Management and Compliance, Taxation Strategy and planning and co-ordination of statutory and management reporting.
He is on the Board of Tata Steel Limited and its Group companies, in India and abroad and has been recently appointed as Executive Director for Tata Steel Europe Limited.
Mr. Chatterjee was declared one of India’s best CFOs by Business Today Magazine in 2005 and 2006 and by CNBC in 2007. In March 2012, he has been awarded the Best Performing CFO in the Metals Sector by CNBC TV18. He was declared India’s “Best Executive” for 2009 by Asia Money Magazine. He is also a frequent speaker in various conferences in India and abroad including the McKinsey Global CFO Forum 2008, Economist Conferences, London Business School and CII organized conferences.
He is a member of the Primary Market Advisory Committee on Capital Markets of SEBI and was a member of the Takeover Regulations Advisory Committee of SEBI, which drafted the new Takeover Code of India. He is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, Global Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, Switzerland and ‘B20 Task Force’ to advise G20 countries on Trade & Investments under the Chairmanship of China.
Dr. Rod Carr was appointed Chair of He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission in December 2019. Prior to that he had spent ten years as Vice Chancellor of University of Canterbury, five years as Chief Executive of Jade Software Corporation Limited and in his time served as Deputy Governor, Acting Governor, non Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. His first career was in Banking and Finance with the Bank of New Zealand and National Australia Bank. Since 2018 he has been a director of ASB Limited, the wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He Chairs ASB’s Risk and Compliance Committee.
Rod served for five years as the founding chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and for ten years as a director of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. He was a director of Taranaki Investment Management limited during the time it owned Tasman Farms Limited which ran 12,000 dairy cows in North West Tasmania.
Rod holds a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management and an MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science, an MBA in money and finance and both an honours degree in law and an honours degree in economics. He was a director of Lyttelton Port Company for ten years and is currently a director of Crown Entity Otakaro which has overseen a billion dollars of construction in Te Pae, the Christchurch Convention Centre, and Metro Sports Centre in Christchurch. Rod remains the founding trustee of the $100 million Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and is a Trustee of the Christchurch Arts Centre which has been involved in a decade long $220 million restoration after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.
Stefano Zambon holds:
Stefano is a Professor of Accounting and Business Economics at the University of Ferrara, Italy and previously taught at the Universities of Venice and Padua. He has taken up visiting appointments in universities in four continents, including Waseda School of Management (Tokyo), Stern Business School (New York University), Christchurch (New Zealand), London Business School, HEC, CNAM and ESCP in Paris, Metz, Reading (UK), Melbourne, and Passau (Germany).
Stefano has more than 110 publications in books and international scientific journals in the areas of management and reporting of intangibles, international financial reporting, accounting theory and history, integrated reporting. He is also a Member of various editorial boards of international journals, as well as a Member of the Board of the European Accounting Association from 1997 to 2003.
Since 2005, Stefano has organized the academic European (EIASM) Conferences on “Intangibles and Intellectual Capital”. Also since 2005, he has been a Member of the EIASM professorial Faculty in Brussels. Stefano has been the keynote speaker on topics linked to intangibles at OECD, United Nations, European Parliament, European Commission, and French, Chinese and Japanese Governments’ events.
From April 2014 to 2018, Stefano was the President of the official Expert Group on Intangibles set up by the French Government (Ministry of Economy and Finance). In May 2020, Stefano was appointed as President of the “Jury” for the evaluation and assignment of the 1st edition of the “French Company Awards for the Intangible” (“Trophées de l’immatériel”) granted by the Observatoire de l’Immatériel. From 2002-03, Stefano coordinated the Study for the European Commission (DG Enterprise) on “The Measurement of Intangible Assets and the Associated Reporting Practices”.
Over the years, Stefano has been a member of various EC Expert Groups on intangibles, intellectual capital, and intellectual property. In February 2020, he coordinated and was the main author of the “Academic Literature Review on Intangibles” on behalf of EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group). Stefano is a founding Member of the International Network “World Intellectual Capital/Assets Initiative” – WICI, and was the Global Chair from 2015 to 2019. From 2012 to 2018, he was the Secretary General of the Italian Network for Business Reporting (NIBR/WICI Italy), and since July 2019 to date has been the Secretary General of the new Italian Foundation for Business Reporting (O.I.B.R. Foundation).
Stefano’s other responsibilities include:
In 2016-17, he was the official Italian Government’s candidate to the Board of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
In 2019 and 2020, Stefano has been the President of the Judging Committee for the Italian Award on the Best Annual Integrated Report.
Helle Bank Jorgensen is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, with a 30-year record of turning environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She works with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.
Helle is the founder and chief executive of Competent Boards, which offers online climate and ESG programs that draw on the experience of over 150 renowned board members, executives, and investors. Hundreds of directors and senior executives have enrolled in these programs to mitigate the risks and seize the opportunities presented by ESG and climate change.
A regular keynote speaker at major events, Helle is also the author of the newly published book Stewards of The Future: A Guide for Competent Boards, an Amazon bestseller. This book shows boards must have the insight and foresight to ask the right questions of management on complex issues such as climate change, ESG, corruption, cybersecurity, human trafficking and supply-chain resilience to realize long-term profits and sustainability.
Helle serves at:
She has served as the Chair of the European Sustainability Reporting Association (ESRA), the Global Compact Network Canada, Datamaran, and as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Sustainability Policy Group of the Institute of European Accountants (FEE).
She trained as a business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant (CPA) in Denmark, and holds a master’s degree in business administration and auditing. She is a former PwC audit and advisory partner in Denmark and the United States, leading the firm’s sustainability and climate practices.
Helle has pioneered corporate reporting of ESG as part of the widening recognition that environmental, social, and governance issues are a crucial contributor to any organization’s success—or failure. She created the world’s first “green account” based on lifecycle assessment, and the first integrated annual report that combines ESG with financial performance. She has worked on natural capital accounting for the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.
In 2020 she was awarded the Global Impact Award and named one of “5 people in ESG to look out for,” and she was recently selected as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in the Green Economy in the US and Canada for 2022. Helle is also the author of many thought-leading articles.
Peadar is the Global ESG Practice Lead at Archer and has been at the leading edge of risk professionalism assisting companies manage strategic risks for some 30 years.
He has written a paper explaining why a systems approach is required to understand and manage Quantum Risks which he has defined. Recently Peadar published an article about ESG Quantum Effects in which he gives practical advice to those who are new to the topic.
More broadly in bringing first hand military experience to the boardroom Peadar has developed a portfolio of AI enabled risk assessment automations providing relevant information from both inside and outside organizations.
Peadar’s Specialties’ include:-
1. Understanding and protecting business models
2. Delivering ‘built-in’ versus ‘bolt on’ risk management so increasing the likelihood of achieving business objectives and outperforming less responsive competitors
3. Providing demonstrably credible safeguards to competitive advantage
4. Building and strengthening strategic resiliency
5. Providing ‘turnkey’ solutions with rapid deployment and immediate benefits delivery
Carolynn has spent the last 20 years assisting leaders and leadership teams to understand and apply governance principles and generate value for their organizations. She uses of her expertise and experience in corporate governance, organizational strategy, Digital Transformation and systems thinking to do so.
Carolynn has extensive management and governance experience and has held various Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Board, Board Committee and Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organizations. This spans many industries, including financial services, health, energy, construction, education, tourism, media, non-profit and the public sector.
Carolynn is co-editor of the ISO standard for the governance of organizations (ISO 37000), co-convenor of the Governance Maturity Technical Committee (ISO 37004) and Chairperson of the associated South African Bureau of Standards mirror committee, TC309, where she also represents South Africa’s King Committee.
Carolynn is well known for her successes in designing and leading large, complex strategy and organizational transformation implementations – she attributes this success to the application of effective governance principles.
Carolynn has received numerous national and international accolades for public speaking.
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