About

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 hands-on expertise in corporate governance; corporate social responsibility (CSR); ESG reporting; investor relations; socially responsible investment (SRI); and sustainability reporting in a number of emerging markets and developed markets. For more than 21 years, 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).

Mr. Mazullo is Adjunct Professor of the School of American Law (SAL) – Gdansk at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdansk and the School of American Law (SAL) – Wroclaw of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wroclaw.  Both programs are run jointly with Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Mr. Mazullo is an active member of and frequent contributor to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Academic Network.

Since 2006, Mr. Mazullo is Chairman of the Baltic Market Awards, a joint initiative of the NASDAQ OMX Baltic exchanges to recognize best practice in investor relations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  From 2007-2010 he served as a member of the International Advisory Board of TBLI Conference Europe.  From 2006-2009 he served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Mr. Mazullo was Director of the Partners for Financial Stability (PFS) Program from 2001-2009.  Under his leadership, the PFS Program published 17 semi-annual Surveys of Investor Relations Online and 13 semi-annual Surveys of Reporting on CSR by the Largest Listed Companies in 11 CEE Countries.  From 2005-2009, each edition of the survey includes a comparison with peers in other (largely emerging) markets, including:  Greece and Turkey (autumn 2005); Portugal and Spain (spring 2006); and Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) as well as Ukraine (autumn 2006-2009).  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.

While Senior Analyst with Institutional Shareholder Services in 1992/93, Mr. Mazullo studied the governance practices of Canadian and Western European listed companies.  This included detailed analysis of:  capital market institutions and systems; company law and securities regulations; corporate governance practices and structures; shareholders’ rights; and issues presented for vote at the annual general meeting of shareholders and at extraordinary general meetings of shareholders.  This research culminated in Proxy Voting Guidelines on Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, published in 1993.  His tenure at the Investor Responsibility Research Center resulted in the publication of Proxy Voting / Corporate Governance Guides on Austria, Finland, Norway and Sweden in 1994.

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 Italian and Russian.