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Technical Committee

Launch Progamme

The mobilization of The ESG Exchange’s Technical Committee started with a series of Workshops which commenced on 2 May.

 

The mobilization program of work aimed to:

  • Establish a comprehensive skilled, contributing Technical Committee.
  • Refine the approach to constructing How-To Playbooks, and
  • Build the first How-To Playbooks to enable the launch of the platform.

The program involved three consecutive 2-hour workshops and culminated with a Town Hall event. These events provided  platforms to collaboratively develop the structure of the How-To Playbooks with input from all participating members.

 

Launch activities

Three workshops were held, with each catering for 2 time zones. The workshops considered the following:

Workshop 1

The purpose of this workshop on 2 May 2023 was to test the process to establish global consensus on those sustainability matters of most importance to organisations around the world. 

 

The workshop made use of a Miro board (as shown to the right) to “brain storm” possible topics. This “Topics Board” is structured with rows and columns where the

Columns: provide examples of involved internal stakeholders
Rows: provide examples of capabilities involved in sustainability reporting
Colours: were used to indicate example Practice Areas / disciplines one can be representing when considering a topic

For every stakeholder and capability, the workshop identified topics of importance which organisations need to address.

Workshop 2

The purpose of this workshop on 8 May 2023 was to test the process to establish global consensus on the objectives for a How-To Playbook. This workshop involved two phases:

 

1. Determine the Topic

Firstly consensus was built to identify for every Practice Area (the colours used in Workshop 1), a Topic (a sticky note from Workshop 1) for the purposes of this Launch Programme. Each Topic was used then to represent an organisational need for the development of a How-To Playbook.

 

2. Determine the Topic purpose and objectives

At this stage, the workshop used a Miro board (as shown to the right) to “brain storm” the details of each How-To Playbook for each Topic selected:

Rationale for the Topic: why it was important to develop a How-To Playbook for the Topic

Leading questions that the various stakeholders will need to ask of the Topic
Objectives for the How To Playbook in answer to these leading questions

Workshop 3

The purpose of this workshop on 15 May 2023 was to test the process to establish global consensus on the organisational programme, capabilities and competencies needed in the How-To Playbook.

This workshop involved testing the process against a single Topic. In this case it was a Topic which resonated with all members. This was chosen as “Purpose”.

The results of this workshop clearly demonstrated the need for:

  • A Global Glossary of terms and definitions
  • A conceptual overview of a How-To Playbook
  • Jargon-free guidance especially for non-English speaking people

Town Hall

The Town Hall was again conducted in two time zones on 25 May 2023.

 

This event discussed the results of the 3 Workshops and provided a conceptual overview of the How-To Playbook structure. The structure was replicated in a Miro Board which is being used to gather authoritative content from around the world. The How-To Playbook structure consistently comprises:

 

5 Modules:  These modules are founded on the premise of the ISO Management System Standards. In essence, the Playbook formulation enables users of the Playbook to (i) establish a mandate and commitment; (ii) plan what is required; (iii) implement what is required; (iv) confirm that what is being implemented will meet the objectives intended of the Playbook; and (v) communicate the results and set improvement targets.

 

3 Steps: These steps provide structured access to supportive curated content, understanding the Why, What and How of the subject area.


3 learning opportunities: The learning opportunities include:

  • Plenary: content structured to TELL about the subject on hand
  • Use Case: content structured to SHOW how others have used the content
  • Masterclass: content structured per organisational role to APPLY the curated guidance

We invite suitably skilled experts to join the Technical Committee. The appointment of members will be based on the information provided using the criteria below. Consideration will also be given to the needs of diverse stakeholders and perspectives emerging from contexts with mature sustainability practices.

Please send your applications to nominations@theesgexchange.org with information in the following structure:

Practice Committee

Purpose

The Practice Committee manages and sets the Standard Operating Procedures and operational performance of the Technical Committee’s Practice Groups (PG) and their Projects.

 

Responsibilities
The Practice Committee :

  • Assembles and prepares the convenors and co-convenors to lead the  Practice Groups, such that they are able to provide the Practice Groups with advice and guidance, and are equipped to deliver content curation and associated playbook approvals.
  • Monitors and maintains the Practice Groups, ensuring that the convenors and co-convenors act as neutral facilitators.
  • Oversees the Practice Group interactions, ensuring that they provide respectful and engaging spaces for collaborative work.
  • Determine benchmarks and surveys against which progress can be measured and compared.

 

The Practice Group convenors and co-convenors collectively form the members of the Practice Committee.

 

Six initial Practice Groups have been established and more will be established in the near future.

Practice Groups

Governance

Governing organisations (corporate governance) and organisational sustainability

Activities

Curating content and compiling How-To Playbooks related to:

  • Effective governance of an organisation
  • Governing an organisation’s sustainability
  • Stakeholder expectations of governing bodies
  • Case studies and use cases on effective and ineffective governance practices
  • Related tools

Convenor

Reporting

Compiling, publishing, and promoting comparable, understandable and decision-useful, assurable, repeatable, integrated sustainability information

Activities

Curating content and compiling How-To Playbooks related to:

  • Effective corporate reporting
  • Report compilation, assurance, and publication
  • Sustainability reporting and Integrated Reporting
  • Case studies and use cases on effective and ineffective corporate reporting practices
  • Related tools

Convenor

Social Impact

Identifying, measuring, monitoring, and reporting on internal and external stakeholder impact, including:

  • Workforce
  • Value chain workers
  • Communities and stakeholders
  • Consumers and end-users

Activities

Curating content and compiling How-To Playbooks related to:

  • Stakeholder identification and engagement
  • Social matters and associated risk
  • Case studies and use cases
  • Related tools

Convenor

Decarbonization

Identifying, reducing, neutralizing, and eliminating GHG emissions, including:

  • Accounting: quantification; reduction and removals; carbon neutrality/net zero
  • Policy: Carbon pricing/Green finance
  • Transition Path: Risks, physical and transition; transition plans; scenario analysis/TCFD

Activities

Curating content and compiling How-To Playbooks related to:

  • Effective organisational GHG emissions MRV
  • Definition of sectorial transition plans
  • Establishment of organisational mitigation targets (medium and long terms)
  • Development of organisational mitigation pathways
  • Tools for supporting organisation on decarbonizations
  • Case studies and use cases
  • Disclosure

Co-convenors

Materiality

Determining, managing, applying, and improving organisational materiality levels from a double-materiality perspective

Activities

Curating content and compiling How-To Playbooks related to:

  • Different methods to determine materiality and double-materiality levels – concepts, issues and successes
  • Managing, applying, and improving organisational materiality levels
  • Case studies and use cases on the application of double-materiality methods
  • Related tools

Co-convenors

Sustainability Data

Sourcing, managing, analysing and reporting on decision-ready sustainability information

Activities

Curating content and compiling How-To Playbooks related to sustainability data:

  • Sourcing
  • Managing
  • Analysing
  • Aggregating
  • Case studies and use cases
  • Related tools

Convenor

Peter Milsom

Member of the Technical Committee

Chair of the Practice Committee

Peter is passionate about sustainable and regenerative principles and practices and how they can drive positive change through projects, risk management, and benefits realization for organizations. 


With over 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, Peter has started and been a managing partner of five successful corporations, one of which went public. Peter has also earned over 50 professional qualifications and certifications, including the Canadian FCMC, which has given him extensive experience and expertise. Peter’s Government of Canada Secret clearance currently runs until 2030.


Peter is a best-selling co-author and has played key leadership and subject matter expert roles in developing international standards for risk management and project management:

  • Chair of the ESG Exchange Practices Committee
  • Chair for ISO TC258 Project, Programme, Portfolio Management Canadian Mirror Committee
  • Chair for ISO TC 262 Risk Management Canadian Mirror Committee
  • Convenor for TC262 Risk Management Working Group 8 (WG8) Vocabulary
  • Convenor for ISO 21502:2020 Guidance on Project Management
  • Secretary for ISO TC 262 Task Group 5 Study for the way forward in TC 262 Risk Management
  • Secretary for ISO TC 262 Task Group 1 Strategic Advisory Group
  • Secretary for ISO TC 262 Working Group 6 Guidance Handbook for ISO 31000:2018


Peter’s goal is to be an advocate for sustainability and regeneration in organizations, and he is committed to helping them adopt these principles and practices in a practical and effective way.

Axel Kravatzky

Member of the Technical Committee

Convenor of the Governance Practice Group

Dr Axel Kravatzky is the Managing Partner of Syntegra-ESG, advising and guiding leaders on how to develop, activate and amplify the power of their brand and people to positively impact society and the natural environment profitably. 


As the practice lead for Integrated Governance and Strategy, he has been working with Boards of Directors, Board Committees and Executives for over 20 years. His specialities are the financial, state-owned enterprise, utilities, and not-for-profit sectors.


Axel was the founding Chairman of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI) and lead the development of the first and only accredited Corporate Governance training programme in the Caribbean region. 


Axel is the Vice Chair of ISO/TC309 Governance of Organizations. He also serves as the convener and technical editor for ISO/TC309/WG1 where he co-led with Dr Victoria Hurth the development of the global benchmark on good organizational governance: ISO 37000:2021 Governance of Organizations — Guidance. 


The committee consisted at the time of 77 countries and 24 liaison organizations and the standard was unanimously approved and published after a ballot of all 163 ISO member countries in September 2021.


Axel is currently also the project leader of ISO 37006 Indicators of effective organizational governance – Guidance.

Cathie Lewis

Member of the Technical Committee

Convenor of the Reporting Practice Group

Cathie is the Founder of Earth Energy (Pty) Ltd, an ESG, climate change and water governance consultancy and is one of the founding directors of Co-Go, Collaborative Governance Network for Water Security; board director of the Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa (CGISA) and member of its Technical Committee, member of the Working Group of the South African Integrated Reporting Committee, and was elected as a member of the KZN Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council constituted by the Premier’s Office.

 

Cathie’s fields of experience include general legal and commercial work, governance, legal compliance, company secretariat, integrated reporting, ethics, risk and opportunity governance, ESG, sustainability strategy, climate change and water governance. 

 

She is a co-author of Chapter 4: The Economics of Water: Values and Governance Perspectives of the Water Research Commission Report no. SP 153/21, November 2021 edited by Swatuk et al. Towards the Blue-Green City: Building Urban Water Resilience. She received the 2022 ESG High Achiever of the Year award from the South African Chamber of Commerce, UK.

David Shandler

Member of the Technical Committee

David Shandler brings thirty-five years of experience to his role as an advisor and consultant in conflict management and stakeholder engagement, as well as social practice strategy formulation and management.  He has worked in the mining, oil and gas, transport, infrastructure development, urban development, as well as conservation and natural resource management fields.


He is a skilled and experienced conflict mediator, with a focus on conflicts in the fields of sustainability, development and environmental management.  He advises large-scale clients on conflict management strategies and interventions and has been drawn on as an independent mediator and facilitator in conflict situations. His work includes formulating, implementing and training clients in corporate conflict management standards and approaches.


He has worked in numerous countries in Africa, the Americas and Europe in his role as a director and partner in Shandler Consulting, Environmental Resources Management and Common Ground Consulting.

Daniele Pernigotti

Member of the Technical Committee

Co-Convenor of the Decarbonisation Practice Group

Daniele is CEO of Aequilibria, environmental consultancy and training firm which was founded in 2002. The organisation specializes in carbon management.


Daniele has been active for over 20 years in the international standardization context. He coordinated the development of the standard on Carbon Footprint of Product (ISO 14067). was Chair of the Technical Commitee on Climate Change of CEN (TC 467). Chair of ISO/TC 207/SC2 on conformity assessment and of an ISO Working Group on Circular Economy.


Since 2006, Daniele has personally followed the UNFCCC negotiations.


Daniele is a Technical advisor on GHG schemes for Accredia, was Lead Assessor for Accredia, as well as for ANAB (USA), ONAC (Colombia) and was Technical Expert for RvA (Netherlands).

Daniele has significant experience with consultancy and trainings at an international level.

Dr John Shideler

Member of the Technical Committee

Co-Convenor of the Decarbonisation Practice Group

John Shideler is an environmental expert focused on decarbonizing the world economy. He helps clients to manage and report greenhouse gas emissions, quantify the carbon footprint of products, and verify greenhouse gas statements. He applies these skills especially in the areas of environmental finance (“greening” financial sector products) and in promoting the transition to sustainable transport fuels. He helps clients “manage sustainably” through implementation of environmental and occupational health and safety management systems.


John is active in international standards development. He is Chair of Subcommittee 4 on Environmental Performance Evaluation in ISO Technical Committee 207 (Environmental Management). In this subcommittee he is convenor of a working group developing international standards for green bonds and green loans. He has served as a US expert to ISO TC207 Subcommittee 7 on Greenhouse Gas Management and has received five times an “Outstanding Achievement in Standards Development Award” for his work on ISO 14064, ISO 14065, ISO 14066, and ISO 14069. He is a member of the Climate Change Coordination Task Force, a group that reports directly to ISO’s Technical Management Board.


John has represented ISO at three “Conference of the Parties” meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He spoke on standards developments at the COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark (December 2015), COP24 in Katowice, Poland (December 2018) and at the COP25 in Madrid, Spain (December 2019). To hear his remarks from the COP24 where he spoke on the development of ISO 14030, a standard in four parts on green debt instruments (bonds and loans), click HERE.


John is accredited by the California Air Resources Board as a greenhouse gas lead verifier. He also serves as a Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels lead auditor. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association and the Risk Management Association.


John earned his PhD degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-author with Jean Hetzel of Le grand livre de la stratégie bas carbone (La Plaine Saint-Denis, France: AFNOR, 2019), five other books, and several articles for journals and reviews.

Sorana Baciu

Member of the Technical Committee

Convenor of the Materiality Practice Group

Sorana Baciu is an independent director and international consultant with extensive knowledge in policy formulation, strategy development, change management, and corporate governance.

 

Sorana has over twenty years of experience in senior positions in the private and public sectors. As Managing Partner of Acgenio, a consulting firm, her expertise is regularly sought out by international institutions such as the World Bank and EBRD.

 

Since 2015 Sorana has served as a non-executive director on the boards of both public and private companies, such as Alpha Bank Romania, Idea Leasing, SNGN Romgaz SA, and IAR SA.

 

Sorana was State Secretary with the Ministry of Economy (2015-2016) and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister (2016-2017) and was responsible for the Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Corporate Governance for SOEs. Sorana Baciu also headed the Inter-ministerial Committee for the accession of Romania to OECD (2016-2017).

 

In the last ten years, Sorana actively promoted corporate governance standards in both public and private businesses in Romania and the CEE region. Since September 2017, she has been the president of the Association of Independent Administrators in Romania, whose mission is to promote corporate governance for business excellence, and member of the Board of ecoDa (European Confederation of Directors Associations) since May 2019.

Ramani Hariharan

Member of the Technical Committee

Co-Convenor of the Materiality Practice Group

Ramani Hariharan is a certified Non-Executive Director and is passionate about integrating talent, technology and tenaciousness to solve complex business & societal problems. His experience and capabilities are related to creating value through the development of and investment in capital assets. Ramani is adept at forming collaborative partnerships and joint ventures among diverse shareholders and stakeholders; he has utilized this experience to develop asset-based solutions for the decarbonisation of industries and is currently working in the sustainable agriculture space.


Ramani has worked in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors across the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and currently in Europe (UK, France and Western Europe). His critical thinking and problem-solving skills are rooted in his engineering education. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, a Master of Science (M.S) in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) license from Ontario, Canada. He has completed an executive AI Program with Oxford University, U.K.

Erin Casteel

Member of the Technical Committee

Convenor of the Sustainability Data Practice Group

Erin’s focus is optimising the governance and management of the organisation as a system, through creating and preserving value, improving outcomes and working effectively with a shared vision.


As a strategist and business architect, Erin has collaborated with organisations on optimisation to solve key business challenges, for different industry sectors including transportation, energy, telecommunications, managed services, financial services and government agencies. Erin also works with organisations on establishing, evolving and integrating the capabilities needed to be adaptive and resilient in our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world.


Erin enjoys providing leadership and direction and the challenges of people management, with a history of building strong, hardworking and loyal teams. In every role Erin has emphasised the importance of mutual respect and collaboration to deliver both high quality results and a positive, engaged work environment.


Erin is a Lead Architect of ITIL® 4 and an author of the ITIL 4 Foundation book, which now incorporates Lean and Agile concepts and provides guidance on how organisations can manage their resources, practices and ecosystem to increase their agility and resilience, to not only survive but thrive in the digital age.


Erin is the editor of ISO/IEC 27013, part of the ISO family of Standards for Information Security management, which provides guidance on the integration of a management system for information security and service management. Since 2006 Erin has contributed to the development of ISO/IEC 20000, the International Standard for service management. Erin has been project editor for multiple parts of this standard and for many years, as Convener, Erin has led the group of international experts from more than 35 countries developing the ISO/IEC 20000 series.


Erin’s with organisations and her work development of international best practices are mutually reinforcing and allows her to deliver competitive advantages and to be at the forefront of industry innovations.

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