From War to Climate Disclosure: How Boards Can Navigate ESG Risks and Opportunities

Join Steven Rothstein, Managing Director for the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, for a panel discussion with Artem Shaipov, Executive Team Lead on Government Relations and Partnerships, Ukrainian Global University, and Randi Mail, Director of Campaigns at Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. They will discuss two key ESG issues: the war in Ukraine and the SEC's proposed mandatory climate disclosure rule. Directors will come away with an enhanced ability to oversee these two topics, as well as frameworks for how to prepare and respond to other ESG issues that their organizations face. 

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Boards are grappling with a host of ESG issues that pose both risks and opportunities for their businesses, and these two issues are classic examples that can be used as case studies in board oversight.

This webinar will address the following:

  • What are the practical, legal and ethical implications of operating in a conflict zone? 
  • What criteria should firms use to decide whether they continue to operate in Russia? 
  • How will the SEC’s proposed climate disclosure rule impact boards?   
  • How can the boards best prepare? 


Steven Rothstein

Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets

Steven M. Rothstein is the founding Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets.  Ceres Accelerator aims to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets in order to accelerate reduction of the worst financial impacts of the climate crisis and other sustainability threats. Steven’s 40 years of experience will be critical to explore the most effective strategies for the Accelerator to focus on and move capital markets towards climate sustainability.

Steven has had a successful career starting, managing and growing several non-profit, social change and government organizations. After college he was one of the founding team of Citizens Energy Corporation, the world’s only non-profit oil company. This enterprise, and its related organizations, grew to provide tens of millions of service for low income and needy individuals through oil, natural gas, electricity, energy conservation, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy. After several years, Steven went on to manage a Massachusetts $300 million human service state agency’s programs and facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. He then started and ran Environmental Futures, a management and market consulting company serving a wide range of enterprises in the US and internationally seeking to grow their environmental work. He also ran the New England market for Constellation’s entry and expansion into this market as a successful electricity broker. His career also includes running the world renowned, Perkins School for the Blind, as well as Citizen Schools and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

He has worked at local, state, federal and international levels of government. Steven served on many non-profit and government boards. He has spoken and written extensively and worked with partners in the corporate, non-profit, government and philanthropy sectors.

Steven has a BA with Honors in Political Science from Williams College and an MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore - McKim School of Management. He also studied at Duke University’s, Institute of Public Policy. He and his wife, Susan, live in Somerville. They have two grown sons. He is currently on the Brady Campaign for Gun Safety Board and the Mass Civic Learning Coalition’s Steering Committee.

Artem Shaipov

Executive Team Lead on Government Relations and Partnerships, Ukrainian Global University

Artem Shaipov , LL. M, PMP is an international development professional with 15 years of legal, policy, and management experience in leading change in the judiciary, the executive, academia, and civil society, including more than 8 years of designing and implementing international technical assistance projects and delivering development impact on justice sector reform in Ukraine.

Artem co-initiated and serves as the executive team member on GR and partnerships for the Ukrainian Global University, a consortium of universities and civil society organizations supported by Ukraine’s Office of the President which aims to create education and research opportunities for displaced Ukrainians. He co-founded and served as Head of the Board at the Professional Government Association, leading a community of over 3,000 western-educated Ukrainians committed to improving the quality of governance in Ukraine and internationally. Earlier he worked for leading Kyiv-based think tanks on law reform.

He completed the Implementing Public Policy Program (Executive Education) at the Harvard Kennedy School and obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP©) certification from the Project Management Institute, USA. He holds an LL.M degree from the University of Cambridge. He earned his BA and MA in Law from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Artem is an alumnus of international fellowship programs and a member of global networks of leaders affiliated with the Aspen Institute, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the John Smith Trust.

Randi Mail

Director of Campaigns, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets

Randi Mail is the Director of Campaigns for the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets and manages the Net-Zero Finance Campaign. Randi coordinates all actors and pieces of mobilizing investors, financial institutions, and regulators to step up action to address the climate crisis and recognize it as a systemic financial risk to the economy. She is deeply passionate about climate finance solutions and helping to bring an end to the fossil fuel era.

Prior to Ceres, Randi led legislative advocacy and campaigns in Massachusetts calling on pensions and insurers to decarbonize their portfolios. She directed outreach for Bob Massie, former executive director at Ceres, in his 2018 race for Governor of Massachusetts. From 2002-2016 Randi was the Recycling Director for the City of Cambridge. Under her leadership, the City began curbside composting, single-stream recycling, and other innovative waste reduction and public education campaigns to achieve a 35% decrease in trash tons.

Randi received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of Buffalo. She was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She loves nature, cycling, hiking, comedy, cooking, and travel.

David Shaw

Publishing Director, Directors & Boards and Private Company Director

David Shaw is the publishing director of Directors & Boards and its sister publication, Family Business. With more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business and consumer media markets, he has served as an editor, publisher, publishing director, group publisher and group vice president of a variety of publications, trade shows, conferences and websites.

Prior to founding GRID Media, David served as senior vice president for Phillips Business Information Inc., where he oversaw nearly 100 discrete media properties, and helped build the business from $35 million to more than $100 million in annual revenues. He is a frequent author and speaker on issues related to business-to-business media, multi-generational family businesses and private and public company governance. He is married, with two grown children, one serving in the Navy and the other in law school.

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