Five Questions about Sustainable Palm Oil – Special Interview with Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Senior Fellow for Climate Finance, Climate Advisers, Washington, DC, United States of America – May 23, 2016

On occasion, Emerging Markets ESG publishes a special interview with an academic, expert or practitioner about a specific topic with relevance to environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) issues.

This month’s interview, the 20th in the special interview series, is about sustainable palm oil and is with Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Senior Fellow for Climate Finance, Climate Advisers, Washington, DC, United States of America.

Climate Advisers is a mission-driven policy and politics shop working to deliver a strong low-carbon economy. In the United States and around the world, we create and implement large-scale, cost-effective strategies to strengthen climate action and improve lives.  Climate Advisers brings together globally recognized thought leaders on climate and energy, forests and lands, and sustainable development. We specialize in breakthrough ideas informed by a deep understanding of complex policy and political challenges.  More information on sustainability and tropical commodities can be found at www.chainreactionresearch.com

Gabriel-ThoumiGabriel Thoumi, CFA is a Senior Fellow at Climate Advisers where he provides global financial analysis for mitigating systemic climate risk while advising on “greening” capital markets for clients and coalitions. He has 15 years of experience managing and deploying frameworks to improve global capital markets sustainability through risk mitigation and return enhancement. Previously, for Calvert Investment Management, he valued global equity, index, and fixed income portfolios and their component positions in the utilities, energy, materials, chemicals, and financial sectors. He worked on quantitative index construction and asset allocation strategies. He engaged Fortune 500 CEOs on approaches to mitigating climate risk using financial risk management tools. He led initiatives to improve financial accounting of exchange-listed products and incorporated natural capital into financial tools. He wrote the winning Agriculture Supply Chain Adaptation Facility for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. His research on capital markets has been cited by Forbes Magazine and the Guardian as key reasons why markets can improve our societies’ collective ability to mitigate climate change.

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Lectures on Corporate Governance – School of American Law (SAL) – Wroclaw, Poland – May 6-8, 2016

On May 6-8, 2016 Geoffrey Mazullo, Adjunct Professor, School of American Law (SAL) – Wroclaw, delivered a series of lectures on corporate governance as part of the seventh edition of the School of American Law – Wroclaw organized by the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wroclaw and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

20 participants, current students and recent graduates of the University of Wroclaw, attended the lectures.

During eight sessions presented over three days, the following topics were covered:  corporate governance models (including the Anglo-US, German, Korean, Japanese and Polish models); disclosure regimes; the legal and self-regulatory framework for corporate governance; monitoring of corporate performance by institutional investors; the rights and responsibilities of corporate organs, including the annual general meeting of shareholders, the board and management; shareholders’ rights; environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting by listed companies; and the use of governance information by shareholders and stakeholders.

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