The NACD 2019 Corporate Governance Survey highlighted that although ESG issues are currently a low priority for many boards, most directors would like their boards to be more proactive and embrace ESG oversight.
This growing interest is likely due to increased shareholder activism; it does not hurt that institutional investors are proactively assessing ESG corporate performance of portfolio companies. ESG has taken center stage as a potential systemic issue that could impact companies across all sectors and pose significant financial risks as well as opportunities. Directors need to understand how to evaluate the impacts of ESG issues on their business when deliberating on strategy, risk, and compensation.
This roundtable focused on discussing:
Why ESG belongs on a board's agenda
How directors can build effective oversight of ESG in the boardroom
How directors can evaluate if their business is ready for ESG impacts with best practices and tools
For a peer-to-peer discussion among director colleagues on the challenges and best practices of director oversight on ESG, this was a must-attend program.
Members Only Roundtable
This is a limited seating program.
The roundtable is a joint effort between the NACD Minnesota Chapter and Ceres.
As a board director and strategic advisor, I bring my expertise with growth strategies acquired in consumer goods, brick and mortar and online retail business in Europe, Asia, Japan, and the United States, in digital, mass, prestige, free-standing stores, specialty beauty, pharmacy, and professional distribution channels. Multilingual, have leveraged cultural diversity leading teams in which I was sometimes the only non-local. My unique approach to branding aligns innovative strategies, organization, and culture with the brand’s profound truth. My successful experience integrating business with competitive socio-environmental strategies while growing revenues and operating margin makes me ESG-savvy while bridging the interests of shareholders with the ones of other key stakeholders.
As Global President of Aveda, I grew sales by 700% and transformed it into a global high-performance hair care company present in more than 30 countries. I placed business at the leading edge of socio-environmental responsibility, integrating it with business strategy, organizational processes, and culture.
Prior to Aveda, I worked internationally with both L’Oreal and P&G. I immersed myself in a variety of cultures, blending western business goals with local practices. As President of Cosmelor in Japan, I evolved the organization to focus on personal accountability, driving growth in sales by 250%. In Thailand, I led Siampar to profitability in my first year and doubled market share.
Anthony T. Brausen joined Mosaic in February 2006 as Vice President – Finance & Chief Accounting Officer. He was promoted to Senior Vice President – Finance in October 2011 and to CFO in 2018. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Company’s leadership and will be retiring from Mosaic in August. While at Mosaic, Brausen led Mosaic’s Global Finance and IT Organizations.
Prior to joining Mosaic, Brausen served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Tennant Company from 2000 to 2006. He also spent eleven years in several financial leadership roles with International Multifoods Corporation, including Vice President – Treasurer, Assistant Controller and Director of Investor Relations. Prior to joining International Multifoods, he spent eight years with KPMG.
Brausen is also a Corporate Fellow at the University of St. Thomas,where he teaches corporate finance at the MBA level. He also serves on the Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Governors. Brausen is a past president and Chair of the Board of UST Alumni Association