Louis Coppola is EVP and a co-founder of Governance & Accountability Institute, a New York-based sustainability consulting, research and advisory firm. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Global Sourcing Council, a global non-profit focused on educating and inspiring sustainability in sourcing and supply chains.
Louis focuses particularly on providing advice to corporate and investor clients related to environmental, social, and goverance (ESG) sustainability strategy, disclosure (reporting), investment and performance.
G&A Institute is the Data Partner for GRI for the United States, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Lou directs the Institute's relationship with GRI including the activities around the Data Partner relationship, “Organizational Stakeholder” (OS) relationship, and several joint research publications.
Lou is the Chair of the Social Investment Forum's (SIF) - Company Calls Committee (CCC) which serves as a resource to companies by providing a point of contact into the sustainable investment analyst community. He is also an active New York Society of Securities Analyst (CFA Society of NY - NYSSA), Sustainable Investing Committee steering member.
Lou is frequently called on by the media, academics, and industry to contribute to articles, speak on panels, and present his ideas on ESG & Sustainability related topics. He also coordinates the Institute’s various public research projects such as "Sustainability - What Matters?", the annual S&P 500 reporting trends studies, and studies of sustainability reporting external assurance practices in collaboration with GRI, Bloomberg, and the big four accounting firms.
Louis contributed to the US section of "Carrots & Sticks III", a collaborative publication with GRI, KPMG, UNEP, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and various other stakeholders. The report analyzed the growing number of sustainability reporting policies and guidance from countries around the world.
Lou is proud recipient of the "Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business" recognition from the Trust Across America / Trust Around the World organization. Louis is an adjunct professor at the Bard M.B.A in Sustainability NYC campus teaching courses on business pragmatics of sustainability focusing on disclosure standards and analysis of sustainability reports.
Louis is also serves on the Skytop Strategies Board of Advisors and collaborates with the organization in developing the conferences in such areas as ESG, CSR and Sustainability Investment Management, Innovation, Resilience, Risk Management, and “21st Century Company” value creation.
Louis is expert at translating concepts related to current and emerging technology to readily accessible tools and resources. He plays the lead role in the research, recommendation and deployment of all technology including interactive Web platforms, content management systems, e-distribution, automated intelligence gathering, and other solutions to meet the "command and control" needs at G&A Institute.
Prior to forming the Institute, Louis Coppola worked as an Account Executive – Information Technology for Rowan & Blewitt, a global crisis management and issues management consulting firm that was under the corporate umbrella of Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG). The firm’s clients were Fortune 100 and multinational companies. Louis was responsible for managing the technological implementation of the crisis and issues management strategies for Rowan & Blewitt.
Louis Coppola was graduated with Honors from Molloy College with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). In recognition of high scholastic achievement, he was selected for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in Business, Management, and Administration. He received his undergraduate B.S. with Major in Computer Information Systems and Minor in Computer Science. Lou has qualified and is an active member of Mensa.
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to read Louis Coppola's article "The Complexity of ESG Reporting and Emerging Convergence Trends" (as appeared in NIRI IR Update, Winter 2021 issue).
G&A Institute’s Louis Coppola on Bloomberg TV Markets – The Close: Bloomberg “Giving Back is Good Business” (December 23, 2019) Bloomberg TV offers an interesting range of experts’ perspectives on corporate giving and aligning corporate philanthropy with corporate responsibility, citizenship, sustainability, accountability. G&A’s Exec VP and co-founder Louis D. Coppola was interviewed as part of the program, offering his views and looks forward to what we can expect in 2020. Among the firms (and several of their CEOs) featured in the segment: Earth Brands,Warby Parker, Tom’s Shoes, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JP MorganChase, Wipro, and Bill & Melinda Gates and their Foundation.
- G&A's Louis Coppola Goes In Depth on How to Improve ESG Performance with Skytop Strategies at ESG4 Summit April 5, 2018 (Louis Coppola, Executive Vice President at G&A Institute, dives deep on utilizing ESG analytics to perform a stakeholder materiality assessment in order to identify blind spots in your company's ESG strategy and improve your overall performance.)
- G&A's Louis Coppola Talks Properly Utilizing ESG Analytics with Skytop Strategies at ESG4 Summit April 5, 2018 (Louis Coppola, Executive Vice President of the Governance & Accountability Institute discusses the benefits of utilizing ESG analytics, such as pointing out where your company excels and where it falls short.
- G&A's Louis Coppola participating at NYU Stern a panel discussion on “Big Data and Sustainable Development” co-hosted by Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business and The Sustainability Practice Network on April 14, 2016
- Louis Coppola, Co-Founder and EVP of G&A Institute describes the concept of "Materiality" when it comes to Environmental, Social and Governance issues for companies and investors.