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IFC Sustainability Webinar Series
 

 

The IFC Sustainability Webinar Series offers IFC expertise and thought leadership on sustainability issues. Recorded sessions are available for free on this webpage.

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Behind the Boardroom Doors – Improving Board Functioning by Leveraging Behaviors and Personality Types

IFC’s Corporate Governance Group promotes board efficiency across emerging markets as part of its agenda to help our clients do business in a sustainable way. While the board ultimately speaks with one voice, behind the boardroom doors board members are expected to express their individual opinions. Board functioning is therefore necessarily impacted by the personality of each of its individual board members.

Presented by seasoned board director and corporate governance advisor, Richard Westlake on August 29, 2017, this free one-hour webinar explored the diversity of personality and behavior as a factor influencing board composition. This webinar considered questions including how to recognize different personality phenotypes, how diverse personalities can enhance rather than hinder board functioning, and how to prevent and resolve personality clashes.

About the Presenter:

Richard Westlake

 

Richard Westlake, MA (Oxon), AFInstD is based in New Zealand, where he established Westlake Governance, an international governance advisory business, in 1999. He has more than 20 years of experience as a board chair and director, currently chairing several boards in different sectors. Richard has worked in the banking industry for more than three decades and is the author of Focus 11 “Guidance for the Directors of Banks,” published by IFC in 2013.

Richard is a highly sought after trainer and facilitator for boards, directors and chairs in New Zealand and internationally. He leads governance development programs in many regions, including South and East Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the Pacific. Richard is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (CFInstD), with over 20 years’ experience as a Director and Board Chairman, and currently chairs Careerforce, the Industry Training Organisation serving New Zealand’s health, disability and aged care workforce.

Richard is the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-Operative (NZ) Ltd, the world’s leading exporter of goat’s milk infant formula, and a director of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the main banks in the Philippines. Among previous roles, Richard chaired software company Intergen Limited, and was a founding director of Kiwibank Limited for ten years from 2001, where he chaired the board’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. He was Chair of Standards New Zealand from 2003-2010, Establishment Chairman for two State-Owned Enterprises, MetService and Quotable Value, and has chaired and served on the boards of several other companies, government-owned entities and NGOs. Richard’s executive roles have included five years as Chief Executive of a regional bank in New Zealand, Interim Chief Executive of a regional council, and four years as Chief Operating Officer for the New Zealand of a leading British bank. Much of Richard’s earlier career experience came through fifteen years’ merchant banking in New Zealand and Australia.


Practical Guidance on Conducting Environmental & Social (E&S) Due Diligence Aligned with the IFC Performance Standards for Financial Intermediaries

Presented by Emiola Abass on June 12, 2017, Environmental and Social Development Specialist at IFC, this free one-hour webinar provides guidance to financial intermediaries on conducting E&S due diligence against the IFC Performance Standards. This webinar is designed for E&S officers and relationship officers of financial intermediaries. The session includes an overview of the IFC Performance Standards and an introduction to E&S risk management for financial intermediaries, including IFC's Interpretation Note on Financial Intermediaries.

About the Presenter:

Emiola Abass

 

Emiola Abass is an Environmental and Social Development Specialist at the International Finance Corporation. She focuses on financial intermediaries and also works on infrastructure, chemicals, and agribusiness projects.

Prior to joining IFC, Emiola worked with Leadbank Nigeria, Total E&P Nigeria, and ABB Consulting UK. As a Process Engineer with Total, she worked on process design and optimization as well as project development for Total’s offshore assets in the Niger Delta. At ABB, she worked on environmental assessment/compliance and process safety projects within and outside the UK for clients in various industries including oil and gas, chemicals, food and beverage, power, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.

Emiola has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, England and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.


Introduction to IFC's Good Practice Handbook on Use of Security Forces

Presented to a live audience on June 1, 2017 by Felicity Kolp, this webinar provides an overview of IFC’s new resource, Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts. This good practice handbook is designed for IFC clients and other private sector companies and their consultants. It provides practical, project-level guidance for companies to better understand and implement the requirements outlined in Performance Standard 4, including risk assessment and management, private and public security, and assessing allegations or incidents.

About the Presenter:

Felicity Kolp

 

Felicity Kolp is a Social Development Specialist in IFC’s Environment, Social and Corporate Governance Department in Washington, DC. She works on a range of social topics at IFC and is a focal point for human rights issues. She manages the department’s work program on Performance Standard 4 / security issues, and represents IFC as an Observer at the Association of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. She led the creation of the good practice handbook on the Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts, which was developed by IFC in collaboration with the Fund for Peace and Monkey Forest Consulting.

Felicity has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, master’s degrees in International Development Policy and International Human Rights Law from Duke and Oxford Universities, and an AB from Dartmouth College.


GMAP - Global Map of Environmental and Social Risks in Agro-Commodity Production

Together with WWF, we are pleased to launch as an online resource the Global Map of Environmental & Social Risk in Agro-commodity Production (GMAP). 

Agriculture is an important economic sector and source of employment in many emerging markets. In low-income countries, the agricultural sector may account for 60 to 80 percent of total employment and half of a country’s gross domestic product. By 2050, there will be two billion more people in the world; a 70 percent increase in global food production will be needed to feed this increase in population. The IFC and WWF are helping to support agribusiness firms and banks that finance the agricultural sector to conduct business in a more sustainable manner.

For many, identifying and managing supply chain risks related to child and forced labor, health and safety, land conversion and loss of biodiversity represent key challenges. GMAP responds to these challenges by expediting the identification and management of supply chain risks and aligns with the requirements of the IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. 

Using publically available (and referenced) data, GMAP analyzes environmental and social supply chain risks for 250 country-commodity combinations in emerging markets and facilitates decision making for agro-commodity trade financing and product sourcing.

About the Presenters:
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Atiyah Curmally is a Principal Environmental Specialist at IFC.

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Louis Philippe Mousseau is a Principal Environmental Specialist at IFC

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Min Batstone is a Knowledge Management Officer at IFC.

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Dan Brizuela is a Senior Program officer at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - U.S.


Building Your Board: Finding the Right Talent at the Right Cost

Presented to a live audience on April 13, 2016 by Marc G. Lamy, this webinar explored the latest trends in board composition as well as how to find and remunerate an independent director. A strong, independent and effective board is a critical factor in the success of every organization. As they try to identify fully independent directors, companies across the world are confronted with the same questions:

  • Will a candidate with no experience of my markets and/or my industry bring much value?
  • How do I go about my search?
  • How do I work out a remuneration package that is suitable to both the candidate and shareholders?

 

About the Presenter:

Marc G. Lamy

 

Marc G. Lamy, A member of IFC’s Private Sector Advisory Group

Marc has 30 years of experience in searches for CEOs and board members, at Korn-Ferry-International, Heidrick & Struggles and at Boyden France where he was the Chairman and CEO from 1993 to 2010. In 2008, he was named by Business Week as among the World's 100 most influential head hunters. Marc has more than 25 years of experience as a board director in France, Morocco and the US. He is currently on the board of Alliances (Moroccan listed company) where he chairs the audit committee and sits on its Remuneration and Nomination Committee, NEOMA Business School (merger of the French Rouen Business School and Reims Management School) and NGOs in France and Morocco. Marc has also spent more than 10 years in banking, both in Europe and in the United States, with Crédit Industriel et Commercial and then with Crédit Agricole as deputy general manager of the first foreign branch of Crédit Agricole, which he created in Chicago.

Marc is a founding member of the French Institute of Directors (IFA), has authored several reports on the work of Nomination and Remuneration Committees and a book “Do you have the Boss that you deserve?” He was an associate professor at Paris-Dauphine from 1983 and 2011.

Marc holds a degree from the Rouen Business School (France), an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York) and is a chartered director from IFA & Sciences Po.


Get up to speed on the revised Wind Energy EHS Guidelines

Presented to a live audience on March 16, 2016 by Sean Whittaker, Gaël Grégoire, Lori Conzo and Greg McAlister (SgurrEnergy), this interactive session on the Wind Energy Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines was intended to support capacity building of E&S Specialists in their due diligence of Wind Energy projects. The session focused on providing an overview of the revised (2015) Wind Energy EHS Guidelines and explaining the key changes in the document, including:

  • Importance of site selection
  • Cumulative impact assessments
  • Biodiversity(e.g., pre-construction survey, monitoring)
  • Shadow flicker
  • Blade throw
  • Occupational health and safety  
About the Presenters:

Sean Whittaker

 

Sean Whittaker is a Renewable Energy Specialist working on technical due diligence of IFC wind investments.

Gaël Grégoire

 

Gaël Grégoire a Senior Policy Officer at IFC where his responsibilities include the revision of the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.

Lori Anna Conzo

 

Lori Anna Conzo is an IFC Senior Environmental Specialist and Biodiversity Focal Point who works across the regions and sectors on biodiversity-related issues.

Greg McAllister

 

Greg McAllister is the Environment Team Leader at SgurrEnergy responsible for management of due diligence and environmental and social impact assessment assignments in Europe, Africa and Asia.


Findings from the Report "Private Equity and Emerging Markets Agribusiness: Building Value Through Sustainability"

Agribusiness is one of the key industries that in many emerging markets has been neglected by investors for years. Private equity funds can bring stable and patient growth capital to agribusinesses that may struggle to access finance. The diverse set of environmental and social issues that come into play in agribusiness can be viewed simultaneously as both risks and opportunities.

Presented to a live audience on July 16, 2015, by Mark Eckstein (Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility, CDC Group), Joshua Levin (Senior Program Officer in Finance & Commodities, WWF), Nadiya Satyamurthy (Senior Director of Consulting Services, EMPEA), and Piotr Mazurkiewicz (Senior Environmental and Social Development Specialist, IFC), this one hour webinar discussed findings from the recently launched "Private Equity and Emerging Markets Agribusiness: Building Value Through Sustainability" report. It examined how this report could be useful to fund managers, as well as to companies active in the agribusiness space to build value through good environmental and social performance.

About the Presenters:
Mark Eckstein

Mark Eckstein is Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility at CDC Group where his responsibilities include oversight and management of E&S issues across CDC’s Funds and Debt Portfolios. Prior to CDC, Mark led the Sustainable Finance team at WWF US and was also part of the environment and social risk management group at the International Finance Corporation, where he focused on the agribusiness sector. He has worked on the development of a range of international voluntary sustainability standards and good practice materials for agricultural companies and investors.

Joshua Levin

Joshua Levin is a Senior Program Officer in Finance & Commodities at the World Wildlife Fund. He leads WWF’s global efforts to engage financial institutions on emerging opportunities, risks, and intelligence related to investing in global food and agri commodities. In the past, he has worked with the Rainforest Alliance, Root Capital, EcoAgriculture Partners, and Conservation International in various capacities. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and a BA from Harvard University.

Nadiya Satyamurthy

Nadiya Satyamurthy is the Senior Director of Consulting Services at EMPEA, where she authors content on behalf of the organization and member firms by leveraging EMPEA’s data program and engaging with industry stakeholders. Nadiya has led a number of research projects focused on institutional investors in private equity, including EMPEA’s Global Limited Partners Survey, Special Report on Asian LP Sentiment toward Private Equity, the EMPEA Insight on Local Pension Capital in Latin America, and Pension Funds and Private Equity: Unlocking Africa’s Potential in partnership with Making Finance Work for Africa and The Commonwealth. Nadiya previously served as Senior Director of EMPEA’s Research Department where she was lead manager of the organization’s research and data portfolio. Prior to joining EMPEA, Nadiya worked as a Public Finance Fixed Income Associate at UBS Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch. She also previously served as a Senior International Business Associate for MASA, Inc., an international consulting firm focused on structuring strategic international partnerships and devising solutions for startups interested in raising capital.

Piotr Mazurkiewicz

Piotr Mazurkiewicz is a Senior Environmental and Social Development Specialist at IFC, and is responsible for E&S risk management in IFC’s FI projects in the Asia and Pacific region. Piotr played a key role in the development and revision of IFC’s Policy and Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, which are the foundation of IFC’s commitment and approach to sustainable investment. He has over 18 years of experience working in development community (UNDP, World Bank, IFC) and 5 years in the private sector. Piotr holds MA and Ph.D. in developmental economics from the Warsaw University.

 


Corporate Governance: The Evolving Role of Corporate Secretaries

The role of corporate secretary is changing – almost daily, it seems – as corporate governance standards and rules become ever more demanding and rigorous. 

Presented by Ken Rushton on May 19, 2015 to a live audience, this one hour webinar examined how the role of company secretary in a number of companies in developed markets has grown from being an administrative or compliance officer of the board to become chief of staff to the Chairman and adviser to the board on governance. Ken drew on research published last year by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and his own experience as a former company secretary of ICI to describe the breadth of responsibilities and the opportunities for greater engagement and influence of a high performing company secretary. He outlined the qualities now expected of a successful company secretary and suggest how some of these can be gained or learned. He also commented on some of the challenges to the role such as retaining independence and trust while managing potential conflicts from serving two masters; the pros and cons of combining the role with that of General Counsel; and the lack of recognition for the role in many emerging markets. Ken questioned how well company secretaries are prepared for meeting these challenges.

About the Presenter:
Ken Rushton

Ken Rushton joined Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 1968 after graduating in law from Trinity College, Dublin. After a career in the company secretarial function of many of ICI’s Divisions in the UK, he was appointed Company Secretary in 1996. He took early retirement at the end of 1999 to take up the position of Director of the Institute of Business Ethics. In 2001, he was appointed to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as Director of Listing and Head of the UK Listing Authority. From 2004 he was responsible for directing the review of the UK Listing regime.

Ken retired from the FSA at the end of 2004 and was an advisor on corporate governance to the Financial Reporting Council in 2005-06 and to Nestor Advisors, a corporate governance consultancy, from 2005 to 2010 where he led engagements with emerging market companies, financial institutions, central banks and capital markets regulators, particularly in the MENA region. He is Senior Consultant for Board Insight, a corporate governance consultancy, where he focuses on board evaluations.

As a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group pf the Global Corporate Governance Forum, Ken has led workshops, spoken at conferences and advised regulators on company law, securities laws and corporate governance codes and their enforcement in many parts of the world including the MENA region, Asia, Central Europe, North and West Africa

Ken was formerly a member of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Company Law Review Consultative Committee. He was also a member of the CBI Companies Committee and the equivalent committee in UNICE (now Business Europe). He represented the European Round Table on the OECD Task Force on Corporate Governance.

Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics. He is the editor of “The Business Case for Corporate Governance” (Cambridge University Press).


Environmental and Social Management Systems and Tools for Financial Institutions Financing SMEs  

Presented by IFC expert Sandra Abiola on April 9, 2015, this one hour webinar offered an overview of the business case for sound environmental and social risk management. It focused on Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) and E&S due diligence tools for financial institutions providing financing to SMEs, and discussed practical solutions to implementation challenges commonly faced by financial institutions in this area. 

About the Presenter:
Sandra Abiola

Sandra Abiola is the Sector Lead Financial Markets, in IFC's Transactional Risk Solutions - Environment, Social and Governance Department, based in Johannesburg South Africa. She is responsible for IFC's team of E&S Specialists working with Financial Institutions on E&S risk management globally. Sandra has a Master in Development Economics and Middle East Studies from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a MA in politics, law and economics from the University of Mainz, Germany. She is a social and environmental development specialist with extensive experience on E&S risk management by financial institutions and E&S issue in rural development and agricultural projects.


Corporate Governance of Family Business  

It's no secret that family businesses have a tremendous impact on the global economy and that they come in all shapes and sizes. But family businesses also face unique challenges:

  • Family challenges (succession planning, family employment, family salary-earners vs. dividend receivers, incentivizing non-family managers);
  • Difficulty to separate family relationships from company relationships (true separation is impossible, especially financial relationships and accounts);
  • Informality of governance policies, “common” understandings may not be so universally held or understood; Weakness of control environment;
  • Challenges only increase as the family grows more complex with succeeding generations

So the question is: how can a family successfully preserve wealth for more than 100 years or at least four generations? In this one hour webinar presented on March 31, 2015, Shanti Poesposoetjipto examined the characteristics of family businesses and provided guidance on how to ensure their longevity. 

About the Presenter:
Shanti Poesposoetjipto

Mrs. Shanti Poesposoetjipto graduated from Munich University of Technology, Germany, majoring in Electronic Engineering specialized in Computer Science in 1974. She then attended various Management advanced courses conducted by PPM and FEUI (Jakarta), AIT (Bangkok), AIM (Manila), Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, University of Southern California, MIT, IMEDE, INSEAD, etc.

She began her career at Soedarpo Corporation which was founded by her father Soedarpo Sastrosatomo in 1952, as the Manager of Soedarpo Service Bureau, selling computer integrated services. In 1985-1988, Shanti led the re-engineering process within Soedarpo Corporation to focus its business in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and distribution of Pharmaceutical products. In her capacity as Executive Vice President, she enabled Soedarpo Corporation to move towards its Initial Public Offering in 1990.

In June 1995, Mr. Sastrosatomo established PT Ngrumat Bondo Utomo (NBU) to initiate facilitation in separating Ownership and the Management of the companies he founded. NBU, thereafter became among others one of the major shareholders of PT Samudera Indonesia Tbk., PT Samudera Indonesia Tangguh, and PT Asuransi Bintang Tbk. Currently Shanti is CEO of NBU and PT Samudera Indonesia Tangguh, Chairman of PT Samudera Indonesia Tbk. and PT Asuransi Bintang Tbk.; member of the Board of Commissioner of PT Inter Pariwara Global.

In 2008, she co-founded and became member of the Board of Directors, Family Business Network (FBN) Asia. In 2014, she co-founded and became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fitrah Business Nusantara Foundation (Yayasan Fitrah Bisnis Keluarga Nusantara). Her interest in family business related issues began when her father asked her to consult how to separate Ownership and Management of the Companies he founded in the early 1980s. She became involved with IPPM in 1985 during the research IPPM conducted on Family Businesses in Indonesia, she moderated a workshop held by IPPM led by John Davies on Family Business in 1986, she guest lectured about Managing Change in Family Owned Company at IPMI, PERMANIN (Indonesian Management Association), University of Gadjah Mada, Institute of Technology Bandung, Petra University, CAMPDEN Conferences in Singapore, Daya Dimensi Indonesia etc.

Mrs. Poesposoetjipto is a member of IFC Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG).


Corporate Governance: Keeping Strategy at the Top of the Agenda 

Today's Boards of Directors are under more pressure from more sources than ever before. In this engaging one-hour webinar presented on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, renowned "governance guru" Professor David Beatty examined a number of controversial topics such as understanding how we spend our time as directors, what CEOs think of their directors, what McKinsey thinks of boards, what role activists play, the impact of High Frequency Trading, and finally, the coming digital tsunami of change.

About the Presenter:
Professor David Beatty

Professor David Beatty is a member of the Order of Canada, the top civil award in the nation. He is an experienced businessman in Canada and abroad. He spent a decade managing one of North America’s largest food companies and serves on the boards of two publicly listed companies and two private family companies. Over his career he has served on 35 different boards and been chairman of six public companies in Canada, America, Mexico, Australia, and England. He was named a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors in May 2005.

Beatty was the founding managing director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, an organization that represents 50 institutional investors with approximately C$1.3 trillion of assets under management.

Beatty is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where he teaches corporate strategy and where he directs Canada's Directors Education Program now in its 110th offering.

He served on Peter Drucker’s Foundation Board in the United States for over a decade, the last few years as vice chairman.

Beatty was educated at the Universities of Toronto and Cambridge, England. He was named a Nuffield Fellow and spent two years in the Planning Ministry of the Government of Tanzania before returning to Toronto to join McKinsey & Company. He later was a founding partner of The Canada Consulting Group, now part of The Boston Consulting Group.

Queen Elizabeth II inducted Beatty as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1994 at Buckingham Palace for his service to Papua New Guinea where he served as the Chief economic Planner during the transition from colonial government to independence. He has also been awarded the Papua New Guinea Independence medal and the Papua New Guinea Independence 30th Anniversary Commemorative medal.


Las Normas de Desempeño de la IFC 101 

El Marco de Sostenibilidad de la IFC ayuda a sus clientes a realizar negocios en una manera sostenible; promueve prácticas ambientales y sociales sólidas, fomenta la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas, y contribuye a impactos de desarrollo positivos. Las Normas de Desempeño de la IFC, las cuales forman parte del Marco de Sostenibilidad, se han convertido en un punto de referencia global para la gestión de riesgos ambientales y sociales.

Presentado por el experto de la IFC Reidar Kvam el 13 de noviembre de 2014 a una audiencia en vivo, la grabación de este seminario web provee una introducción a cada una de las Normas de Desempeño y a cómo éstas abordan desafíos cada vez más importantes para los negocios sostenibles, incluyendo el trabajo y las condiciones de trabajo, los grupos interesados (stakeholders), la gestión de la cadena de suministro, eficiencia de los recursos y el cambio climático. 

Sobre el Presentador:

Reidar Kvam

 

Reidar Kvam es Gerente Senior de la Unidad de Política, Garantía de Calidad y Gestión del Conocimiento del Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Desarrollo Social y Gobierno Corporativo de la IFC en Washington, D.C. Es responsable del desarrollo y administración de las políticas de sostenibilidad de la IFC, incluyendo el relacionamiento con el Banco Mundial, las Instituciones Financieras de Principios de Ecuador, Agencias de Crédito a la Exportación, Instituciones Financieras de Desarrollo y sociedad civil. También es responsable de la supervisión de la Unidad de Garantía de Calidad y Análisis de Cartera.

Reidar tiene un Ph.D. en Antropología Social de la Universidad de Bergen, Noruega. Es un científico social con amplia experiencia operativa en proyectos de desarrollo en América Latina, Asia Oriental, Asia del Sur y áfrica. Su trabajo se ha centrado particularmente en la incorporación de la dimensión social a los proyectos de desarrollo. Es uno de los autores principales del marco de análisis social del Banco Mundial, que aborda temas de diversidad social y de género; instituciones formales e informales; grupos interesadas y participación; y riesgo social. Ha sido miembro del consejo sectorial del Banco Mundial sobre cuestiones de género, y ha sido punto focal y coordinador de iniciativas relacionadas con el empoderamiento y los derechos humanos. Antes de unirse al IFC, Reidar era Consejero Regional de Salvaguardias para la región de América Latina y el Caribe del Banco Mundial, coordinando tareas de supervisión y garantía de calidad, trabajo analítico y creación de capacidad relacionada con las políticas ambientales y sociales del Banco.


IFC Helps Companies Improve Corporate Governance to Operate More Profitably and Grow 

Corporate governance is defined as the structures and processes by which companies are directed and controlled. Good corporate governance helps companies operate more efficiently, improve access to capital, mitigate risk and safeguard against mismanagement. It makes companies more accountable and transparent to investors and gives them the tools to respond to stakeholder concerns. Corporate governance also contributes to development. Increased access to capital encourages new investments, boosts economic growth, and provides employment opportunities.

IFC's Corporate Governance Methodology is a system of evaluating corporate governance risks and opportunities of client companies. IFC is the first development finance institution to require corporate governance analysis of every investment transaction as part of its due diligence process. This Methodology has been the basis of a unified set of tools known as the Corporate Governance Development Framework, which has been adopted by 33 development finance institutions, including IFC, thus far. By adopting a unified approach, the development finance institutions hope to set consistent standards for corporate governance due diligence and advance the business case for good corporate governance.

Presented by IFC expert Roman Zyla on May 19, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides an overview of the five key corporate governance issues to look for when assessing a company's commitment to corporate governance. It will also provide an overview of the Framework and how it aims to help development finance institutions assess the quality of corporate governance at the companies in which they invest.

Additional resources mentioned in the webinar:

About the Presenter:
Roman Zyla

Roman Zyla joined IFC in 2002 as Manager of the Ukraine Corporate Development Project in the Kyiv office. He has extensive experience working with financial institutions, family-owned companies, and state-owned enterprises. He has 15 years of experience in risk research, small enterprise and corporate development, and has served as a board member of a family-run company. He is a specialist in transition economies of the former Soviet Union and business development.

Roman holds a PhD from University College, University of London on the subject of small and medium enterprise development. With experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, he has also worked throughout Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia as well as in East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America. A Canadian, Roman is fluent in English, French and Ukrainian and has knowledge of other languages to help in his work. Currently based in Washington, D.C., he will relocate to Johannesburg in July 2014.


World Bank Group Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Guidelines 101 

The World Bank Group (WBG) Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines are technical reference documents with general and industry-specific examples of Good International Industry Practice (GIIP), as defined in IFC's Performance Standard 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention. They contain the performance levels and measures that are normally acceptable to the World Bank Group, and that are generally considered to be achievable in new facilities at reasonable costs by existing technology. They are used by the World Bank, IFC and MIGA.

Presented by IFC expert Gaël Grégoire on March 25, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides a general introduction and overview of the EHS Guidelines. In particular, Gaël addresses the following:

  • What are the EHS Guidelines?
  • What are the guiding principles of EHS Guidelines?
  • Who uses the EHS Guidelines?
  • How to use the EHS Guidelines?
  • How are the EHS Guidelines revised and updated?

Additional resources mentioned in the webinar:

About the Presenter:

Gaël Grégoire

 

Gaël Grégoire is a Senior Policy Officer for Sustainability in the International Finance Corporation’s Environment, Social and Governance Department in Washington D.C. He is responsible for coordinating the review and update of the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines and providing support to senior management on global sustainability issues and development.

Before joining IFC, Gaël, an 'Ecole des Mines' graduate, was a Senior Environmental Specialist in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region where he managed a portfolio of lending and analytical activities with a focus on energy, environment and global commons, and provided safeguards expertise. Gaël’s career in the World Bank Group includes Regional Carbon Finance Coordinator and Project Officer for the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Program. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Gaël worked as Environment and Energy Attaché at the Embassy of France in Washington DC, as a Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at the French Environmental Protection Agency and as an Environmental Engineer for one of the world's largest producer of electricity and for several multinational oil and gas companies.


IFC Performance Standards 101 

IFC Sustainability Framework helps its clients do business in a sustainable way. It promotes sound environmental and social practices, encourages transparency and accountability, and contributes to positive development impacts. IFC Performance Standards, which are part of the Sustainability Framework, have become globally recognized as a benchmark for environmental and social risk management in the private sector.

Presented by IFC expert Reidar Kvam on February 25, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides an overview of each of the Performance Standards and how they address challenging issues that are increasingly important to sustainable businesses, including labor and working conditions, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, resource efficiency, and climate change.

About the Presenter:

Reidar Kvam

 

Reidar Kvam is Senior Manager, Policy, Quality Assurance & Knowledge Management, in IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Department in Washington D.C. He is responsible for the development and stewardship of IFC's sustainability policies, including engagement with the World Bank, Equator Principles Financial Institutions, Export Credit Agencies, Development Financial Institutions and civil society. He is also responsible for the oversight of the Quality Assurance and Portfolio Analysis unit.

Reidar has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway. He is a social scientist with extensive operational experience in development projects from Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. His work has particularly focused on incorporating social dimensions into development projects. He is one of the lead authors of the World Bank's framework on social analysis, which addresses issues of social diversity and gender; formal and informal institutions; stakeholders and participation; and social risk. He has been a member of the World Bank's sector board on gender issues, and has been a focal point and coordinator for work on empowerment and human rights. Prior to joining the IFC he was Regional Safeguards Adviser for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank, coordinating oversight functions and quality assurance, analytical work, and capacity building related to the Bank's environmental and social policies.

 

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