Emerging Markets ESG is a consultancy dedicated to the analysis, benchmarking, development and promotion of reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators in emerging markets.
This site serves as an archive for innovative research, a depository for information about projects undertaken, a calendar of upcoming events and a network to brainstorm about ideas as well as exchange information.
The common themes of all these activities are two-fold: to identify best practice in ESG reporting in emerging markets; and to promote the adoption of international standards in financial as well as extra-financial (ESG) reporting in emerging markets.
The mission of Emerging Markets ESG is to promote ESG reporting in emerging markets as an effective tool for boosting competitiveness and promoting sustainable growth.
Geoffrey Mazullo possesses over 25 years of hands-on expertise in corporate governance; corporate social responsibility (CSR); ESG reporting; investor relations; socially responsible investment (SRI); and sustainable finance in developed and emerging markets. He has analyzed governance practices of listed companies in Canada, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), European Union (EU) member states, Japan, Russia, South East Europe (SEE) and the United States. He has been directly engaged in corporate governance developments in transition economies in CEE, SEE and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS).
Following studies of diplomacy, economics and political science in Washington, DC; Sussex, UK; Krakow, Poland; Berlin; and London, Mr. Mazullo worked as a corporate governance analyst, first with Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and later with Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC). In 1992-93 he served as a corporate governance advisor to the Russian Privatization Center. Thereafter, he worked on several long-term financial sector development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Moldova and Russia. From 2001-2009 he directed the Partners for Financial Stability (PFS) Program, a regional financial sector development project in Central and Eastern Europe, for which he designed, launched and conducted two semi-annual surveys of listed companies in Eastern European emerging markets: Investor Relations Online (2001-2009; 2011) and Reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility (2003-2009). From 2001-2009, the PFS Program organized a series of 17 investor relations seminars in cooperation with 14 stock exchanges, attracting over 850 participants. From 2003-2009, the PFS Program was engaged in a regional corporate governance initiative that included advisory work on corporate governance codes implemented by several stock exchanges, including: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Zagreb, Croatia.
From 2004 – 2016, he was Adjunct Professor of Corporate Governance at the School of American Law – a joint program of Chicago Kent College of Law and universities in Poland and Ukraine.
Since 2006, he is chair of the evaluation committee of the Nasdaq Baltic Awards, that recognize excellence in investor relations among listed companies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
In 2014, he designed the course, Introduction to Sustainable Finance, for the MOSTADAM initiative in Egypt. Since then, he has delivered the course five times in Cairo to approximately 150 Egyptian bankers.
Complementing his advisory, research and training activities Mr. Mazullo publishes widely on corporate governance, ESG issues and SRI – on the Emerging Markets ESG internet portal and in online as well as print media. He is the author of the chapter, “Responsible Investment in Eastern Europe” in The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment (2015).
In 1983, Mr. Mazullo received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree from Georgetown University. Thereafter, he completed a two-year training program at DG Bank in Frankfurt am Main and Berliner Volksbank in West Berlin. His familiarity with CEE dates to 1985-86, when he pursued graduate studies at Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland. While continuing graduate studies at Freie Universitaet Berlin from 1986-88, he worked as a student research assistant at Aspen Institute Berlin. In 1989, he received a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks French, German, Polish and Serbo-Croatian and is proficient in Russian.