Louis, Hank and the G&A team have been working in the corporate sustainability sector for decades. Their knowledge and expertise have provided us with valuable industry insights. They've been kind enough to introduce us to other great organizations working in the space, and are always looking for ways to collaborate.
- Jesse Ash , Partner, Greener Media
I’ve been collaborating with the G&A team — Hank & Lou in particular — since before they founded G&A, and I’ve been consistently impressed by the quality of both their work, and their integrity. On the work front, the research G&A produces — particularly the “What Matters” workstream built on the foundation of their serving as GRI Data Partners — is a huge service to the field, helping to advance a deeper understanding of materiality and ESG performance. On the integrity front, the G&A team always delivers on its word — in this day and age, it’s refreshing to have relationships where a handshake agreement means something! What’s more, there's always a sense of good humor and conviviality when we meet!
- Bill Baue , Co-Founder, Convetit & ThriveAbility Foundation; Co-Facilitator, Reporting 3.0
I’ve worked with the G&A Institute for many years and as a Reporter and Editor, I’ve always found this organization to serve as a resource that provides timely, reliable and objective corporate governance and sustainability information. In a deadline-driven environment, Hank and Louis have always been available to shed light on complex topics, which have helped shape the industry.
- Aarti Maharaj , Executive Editor & Director, Digital Content, The Ethisphere Institute
Governance & Accountability are thoughtful professionals, partners, and thoroughly enjoyable team to work with. We’ve seen first hand how they've helped Measurabl's subscribers with all aspects of sustainability and set them on the path towards excellence.
- Matt Ellis , Founder & CEO, Measurabl
The G&A Institute has been a trusted partner in our mutual aim to provide better understanding of sustainability and ESG issues globally. We highly appreciate the breadth of their experience, their deep knowledge of the issues, their highly-respected position within the ESG community as well as their constant contributions to the field through research and engagement.
- Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon , Head of Sales and Marketing at RepRisk
G&A have provided me with the expertise and support I needed not only in research on materiality but in helping us progress our sustainability program. They also keep me well informed of new trends and opportunities and have helped me grow my networking with other sustainability professionals.
- Roy L. Conn , CSR-P & CS-P, Global Sustainability Coordinator, Huntsman Corporation
As the sole person responsible for my company’s sustainability report, I realize the importance of supportive resources. G&A Institute has served as a highly-knowledgeable and readily-available consultant aiding in our reporting effort. G&A provided me with a comprehensive gap analysis containing solid data and actionable direction. They went far beyond the scope of work to ensure we are headed in the right direction as we pursue alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. I would highly recommend G&A to any company that is interested in producing a valuable sustainability report that is material to investors, customers and key stakeholder groups.
- Abby Vaal , Sustainability Analyst at Vectren Corporation
I am the CEO and co-founder of a global program called Trust Across America-Trust Around the World whose mission is to help organizations build trust. Since its inception eight years ago, Hank Boerner and Louis Coppolla have been lending their expertise and insights as we create and test new programs. Their collaborative approach is both unique and refreshing, and serves as an important reminder that trust cannot only be built but truly flourish.
- Barbara Brooks Kimmel , CEO & Co-founder, Trust Across America
From the first time I interacted with G&A, Hank and Louis have proven to be invaluable links to a wide network of sustainability professionals that have helped CDP strengthen its platform in the US both on the investor and company sides -- including supply chain. Their research on disclosure has helped enhance the value-proposition of CDP's questionnaires for companies and cities.
- Chris Fowle , Vice President, Investor Initiatives, CDP
Helping corporations, financial institutions and nonprofits develop communication strategies and brands that are true to their every word….Developing quality leadership and staff….Emphasizing and demonstrating the critical importance of accountable, ethical and sustainable behavior….All leading to the long-term, viable survivability of its clients in a fast-changing world. That's the Governance & Accountability Institute’s mission in a nutshell. And you can bank on it!
- Larry Checco , Principal, Checco Communications
In the very early days on our Sustainability journey, G&A provided such important intelligence and experience-based guidance to Monsanto Company, a Fortune 100 company, hoisting us up on their shoulders until we got our sustainability feet under us. Their efforts, insights & change management skills put the enterprise on the right path toward becoming a more sustainable company. With our feet under us, G&A stretched us to dream big, be bold, and lead the agriculture sector.
- Maureen L Mazurek , Former Senior Leader Sustainability at Monsanto
The consultants at G&A are experts in their field and experts at getting it right. They have the ability to take complex concepts and make them understandable. What's more, their knowledge of the ESG space is unparalleled. They respond quickly and completely to requests, are able to accomplish large tasks and projects efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. The job gets done well and gets done right -- I would wholeheartedly recommend the G&A team.
- Senior Director , Corporate Responsibility and Communications at a Global Marketing Services Holding Company
The folks at G&A are among the most knowledgeable I've ever meet when it comes to governance and CSR. Their approach to business is creative and open minded and it's clear they're not only driving value to their customers but to the world at large.
- Nick Aster , New Media Architect & Founder, TriplePundit.com
Working with G&A Institute on stakeholder materiality research was conducted in a pragmatic and professional way. G&A's strong expertise in CSR and the subject of materiality was very helpful to our team as we work to attain advanced leadership in sustainability.
- Eliza Clark , Director of Sustainability and Environmental, Andersen Corporation
Given extensive corporate and investment community network G&A institute has, it was a natural fit for us to work on ESG data disclosure study with G&A and distribute the results of the study via their medium. Their expertise in corporate ESG strategy consulting was indispensable in putting the study results into context for encouraging better corporate disclosure as well as for investors to meaningfully engage with companies they invest in. Anyone who met Hank and Lou would agree that their can-do attitude is not only a delight, but is the indispensable part of the services they provide.
- Hideki Suzuki , ESG Group / Equity Fundamentals Dept, Bloomberg LP
It is important to have organizations for our common Sustainability work like the Governance &Accountability Institute led by people with a deep commitment and passion. In addition they provide badly need research on companies doing sustainability reporting and trends in sustainability in both the business and investment communities. Finally they work actively with other organizations to get the word out publicly about the importance and relevance of Sustainable Investing .
- Timothy Smith , Director of Environmental Social & Governance Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management
G&A Institute's weekly Sustainability Highlights has become an indispensable resource for me. I appreciate very much the way it aggregates and condenses key developments and updates in the field.
- Matteo Tonello , Managing Director, Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board, Inc.
As a sustainability professional, I have come to rely on G&A Institute for vital intelligence that helps me stay informed. I have a value-added partnership with Lou Coppola and the G&A team. Their regular newsletter provides me with a one-stop source to stay current on sustainability issues and developments. The team's research is outstanding. I am also very impressed with G&A's involvement as a thought leader in promoting the UN's SDGs to the corporate community for gaining competitive advantages.
- Dr. Maung Min , President -SD Global Group LLC; University Professor & Former Sustainability Director at Bristol Myers Squibb
Lou is an incredible font of knowledge at a time in our history where we all need someone to do the heavy lifting.
- Broc Romanek , Editor, TheCorporateCounsel.net
I manage our corporate sustainability disclosure, and am always looking for useful information on reporting trends, particularly trends regarding the influence of sustainability reporting on investor confidence and customer preference. G&A’s publication is essential reading for this purpose. With many years of experience with both sustainability officers and the broad investment community, Lou and Hank are invaluable resources for any company interested in “upping its game” on sustainability.
- Sue Briggum , VP State and Federal Policy, Waste Management
Among my many rewards of working with G&A, is the profound sense of professional connection after every interaction. There is never time wasted when talking with Hank and Lou, either about sustainability measures, investors' appetit for meaningful data, or a newest workshop on ESG Alphabet Soup, that Lou agrees to lead as a pro bono work for inspiring social entrepreneurs. I am honored to have an opportunity to work with such a team.
- Wanda R. Lopuch , PhD, Chairman of the Board, Global Sourcing Council (Fellow of G&A Institute)
Over the past decade, I have found that the principals and staff at the Governance & Accountability Institute to be consummate professionals. They react quickly and responsively to inquiries and questions, and also offer solid advice. I have also seen them grow their business successfully over this time period. I recommend working with G&A Institute and also inquiring as how their services can add value to your organization.
- Peter C. Fusaro , Chairman, Global Change Associates (Fellow of G&A Institute)
The G&A Institute team has been instrumental in building strategic awareness of the corporate responsibility agenda, the benefit to the corporate sector and the investment community. As a long-time corporate responsibility executive, I’ve witnessed the work of the team contribute to the advancement of the CR function. The Institute’s ongoing research efforts, broadly shared with the corporate and investment communities, have helped all practitioners better understand the strategies and operational elements for success in corporate responsibility. I applaud these efforts.
- Dave Stangis , Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Sustainability Officer
Over the last several years I have found the tools, resources and information from Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. to be among the most useful, timely and credible. From meetings with the true decision-makers to industry-specific insights, G&A has proven to be a strategic partner.
- John Friedman , Director of Corporate Responsibility Communications, Sodexo Group (2012- 2016)
In response to the growing demand for sustainable investing education from asset owners, asset managers, financial analysts and other financial professionals we are pleased to announce a one-day certificate program entitled, "Introduction to Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) for Investment and Finance Professionals." The program is organized by Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A) in collaboration with Global Change Associates (GCA) and hosted by the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY. Read more
To meet the needs of professionals seeking knowledge about the growing fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Citizenship, Sustainable Investing and related subject matters, Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc., today launched a new on-line, web-based e-learning platform. Read more
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A recent study by G&A Institute suggests that 81 percent of all S&P 500 companies are publishing sustainability reports. To get to this point has taken roughly 20 years, mostly promoted by the community that evolved around the Global Reporting...More updates >
Governance & Accountability Institute is organized as the “Sustainability Headquarters™” for clients in the corporate community and in the investment and financial services sector. Our team provides strategic advice and counsel on a wide range of issues and topics related to sustainability, corporate responsibility, disclosure and reporting, ESG performance, and stakeholder (third party) engagement.
The Institute is a for-profit company organized almost a decade ago by professionals experienced in issue and crisis management, enterprise risk management, corporate communications, corporate governance, and corporate responsibility.
G&A Institute is the exclusive data partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. We conduct extensive research on corporate and institutional disclosure and reporting in these countries, and globally in countries around the world. No other consulting organization has the breadth and depth of experience on corporate sustainability and responsibility reporting, and associated resources and research capabilities of the G&A team.
The G&A portfolio of resources and services for clients includes strategic counseling and implementation for the corporate and institutional sustainability journey.
We provide global ESG issue monitoring and research; stakeholder identification, prioritizing, monitoring, backgrounding, and engagement; customized ESG, CR and Sustainability-focused research; comprehensive issues management services; advice on corporate responsibility strategies and programs; support investor relations and assistance in corporate responsibility / sustainability reporting, disclosure and communications.
The G&A Institute team members are expert in the many dimensions of corporate ESG and Sustainability – and the third party frameworks that help companies provide a comprehensive view of the impact of environmental and energy, social/society issues and corporate governance factors of interest to analysts, investors and a broad range of stakeholders. ("ESG" performance.)
Highlights of the specific resources and services portfolio available to clients are described in our services section of the site. Note that these services are closely aligned and integrated – these are the important parts of the whole of our world class deliverables for client organizations. The G&A team recommend the integration of important elements of our strategies and programs for clients to maximize their return on sustainability and create long-term sustainability and responsibility success.
We help companies and organizations navigate their sustainability journeys.
Note: The G&A Institute GRI data partner activities are pro bono. The mission of the Institute is to be a knowledge-sharing organization, working with partners and collaborators to help to advance the thematic of corporate sustainability and responsibility.
G&A services are broken down into three service related categories.
Governance & Accountability Institute service offerings related to Sustainability / ESG Consulting
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Selections from G&A's Sustainability Update blog making the case for sustainability...
The interest in sustainable investing continues to rise in the mainstream investment community. Numerous data & analytics providers, ratings & rankings organizations, and other influentials are busily shaping new approaches in and for the mainstream investment community. Corporate “ESG” factors are an important addition to the …Continue reading
by Hank Boerner – Chairman & Chief Strategist, G&A Institute We have an important update for you today: The US SIF Report on “US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, 2016,” was released this week. The top line for you …Continue reading