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The New Rules of Business: How to Report on ESG

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Environmental, social and corporate governance topics are increasingly shaping the way businesses operate and where investors direct their dollars. ESG efforts range from adding diverse board directors to avoiding dealing with certain businesses, including oil and gas producers and weapons manufacturers. This panel looks at how journalists are reporting on ESG, including how some news organizations are re-evaluating how they cover the financial world.


Rachel Cernansky, sustainability editor for Vogue Business


Heather Clancy, editorial director of GreenBiz
Heather is an award-winning journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. She started her reporting career on the business news desk of United Press International, and her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. Heather was the launch editor for the Fortune Data Sheet, the magazine’s newsletter dedicated to the business of technology. She co-authored the Amazon best-seller for entrepreneurs, Niche Down, How to Become Legendary By Being Different. As editorial director for GreenBiz.com, Heather chronicles the role of technology in enabling corporate climate action and transitioning to a clean, inclusive and regenerative economy.

Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg
As a senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg Green, Leslie covers the people, politics and science reshaping U.S. climate policy. She writes frequently about the environmental justice movement, the financial and social implications of natural disasters, and the impact of products like plastics and tobacco on the natural environment. She contributes to the Bloomberg Green quarterly magazine and Green Daily newsletter, a guide to the latest climate news. Before Bloomberg, Leslie was a national environment reporter for The New York Times. Her work has been featured in Popular Science, InsideClimate News and National Public Radio.

Billy Nauman, Financial Times
Bill Nauman is a reporter and producer for Moral Money, the new digital platform and newsletter from the Financial Times featuring news and analysis about the fast-expanding world of socially responsible business, sustainable finance, impact investing, environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends. Before joining Moral Money, Billy worked in the FT’s Specialist division for nine years as a reporter and editor. Most recently, he was the managing editor of FundFire, the FT’s daily publication covering the U.S. institutional investment industry.

Laura Weiss, CQ Roll Call
Laura covers environmental, social and governance issues and business in the U.S. and authors CQ Roll Call’s weekly ESG newsletter. She began reporting on corporate governance for CQ in 2017, a beat that evolved into coverage of the intersection of ESG factors such as climate change, diversity and workplace safety with investment, business, public policy and regulation. Laura created and launched the CQ ESG Briefing newsletter in April 2020. She recently participated in the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship. Before joining CQ Roll Call, Laura reported for local newspapers in Fairfield County, Conn. As part of a Hearst fellowship.


March 3
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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