Testimonials

See what our colleagues and clients say about the Institute

Hideki Suzuki

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
Chris Fowle

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
Abby Vaal

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
Maureen L Mazurek

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 S​enior Leader Sustainability at Monsanto​
Dave Stangis

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
Timothy Smith

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 needed 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
Sue Briggum

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
Aarti Maharaj

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
Roy L. Conn

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
Eliza Clark

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
Larry Checco

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
Barbara Brooks Kimmel

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
Peter C. Fusaro

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)
John Friedman

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)
Matteo Tonello

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.
Jesse Ash

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
Matt Ellis

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
Bill Baue

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
Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon

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
Broc Romanek

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
Wanda R. Lopuch, PhD

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)
Senior Director

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
Nick Aster

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
Dr. Maung Min

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