A UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Alumni Event on…

Managing for Corporate Sustainability Performance and Finance

How Companies and Investors Are Using Leading Metrics & Data Management Tools To Make Smart Decisions, Drive Performance, & Build the World We All Want.



Hosted by

Schiff Hardin LLP
666 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10103

Global companies are tracking and reporting sustainability data more than ever before; for example the S&P 500 reporting sustainability data are up from just 20% in 2011 to 75% in 2015, demonstrating the necessity of measuring and managing ESG issues in response to growing stakeholder and investor demands.

But sustainability managers, especially in the US, have been slow to adopt the type of metrics and data management solutions that can help deliver reliable and decision-useful data, efficiently.

This panel is designed for alumni business managers, investors and consultants to learn about leading trends in sustainability and corporate responsibility metrics, and how they are being adopted to drive investor and C-suite management decision-making toward business performance and social/environmental impact.


  • Deborah Stern (Moderator): Founder & CEO, 2020 Strategies, LLC. Haas School of Business MBA Alumna
  • Christian DelarocheChair of the Board, Tennaxia. Board Member, Centrale Business Angels
  • Erika Karp: Chair of the Board, CEO and Founder, Cornerstone Capital Inc.Founding Board Member, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • Jo Mackness: Chief Strategy and Operation Officer/ Senior Assistant to Dean; former Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, Haas School of Business (Special Guest)
  • Rob Kaplan: Co-Founder and Managing Director, Closed Loop Fund; Former Director, Product Sustainability, Walmart; Haas School of Business MBA Alumnus



1- Erika Karp, Chair of the Board, CEO and Founder, Cornerstone Capital Inc.  Founding Board Member, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

The mission of Cornerstone Capital is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing transparency and collaboration. In offering investment banking, investment management and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with both corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.

Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists.  Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products including the UBS Q-Series®, the Global I/O®, Global Signals™ and the weekly “UBS Global Portfolio Manager’s Spotlight.”

Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, amember of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches Track initiative.

2- Christian Delaroche, Chair of the Board, Tennaxia; Board Member, Centrale Business Angels

Christian Delaroche is Chairman of the Board of Tennaxia, an international software and services solutions provider that powers the Environment, Health & Safety Compliance and Sustainability Data Management of more than 6,000 sites in 70 countries for companies such as Volkswagen, Schneider Electric, and Bosch. Christian Delaroche is also a Board Member ofCentrale Business Angels, a member of BADGE Business Angels, and founder of the search engine optimization start-up Audel. Prior to these positions, Christian Delaroche was the Marketing Director of IBM’s France Division (a $2.5 billion business.) He started his career as an IBM Systems Engineer where he helped implement new systems in a number of large corporations, then held a number of increasingly senior positions at IBM France and IBM’s European headquarters. He holds an Engineering Degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Tennaxia provides Software and services solutions to manage Environment, Health & Safety Compliance; CSR and Sustainability Data. Configurable to any framework or KPI, Tennaxia’s turnkey solution achieves nearly 100% client retention. This year, Tennaxia and Sustainable Accounting Standards Board announced a new partnership that makes it easier for companies to measure, manage and report on the sustainability data most essential for financial performance and value creation.  The solution joins SASB’s expertise and standards with Tennaxia’s CSR software platform, enabling companies to track industry-specific metrics material to financial performance, alongside a broad range of CSR data and reporting frameworks. C-suite management and investors can have access to a ‘total mix’ of information needed to make decisions.

3- Rob Kaplan, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Closed Loop Fund; Former Director, Product Sustainability, Walmart

Rob Kaplan proves that creating business value and passion for protecting the environment can peacefully co-exist. As Managing Director of the Closed Loop Fund, an innovative platform for impact investing, sustainability, and the circular economy, Rob oversees strategy and new business model development, as well as day-to-day operations. The Fund aims to scale recycling through zero interest loans to cities and investments in waste companies.

Prior to joining the Fund, Rob served as Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores, Inc. where he was responsible for packaging, customer engagement, and integration with the Consumables business, including personal care and household cleaning. Rob led the creation of the Sustainability Leaders shop on Walmart.com to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions online, built a unique collaborative initiative with competitors called the Beauty & Personal Care Innovation Accelerator, and cofounded The Closed Loop Fund. Rob previously led Walmart’s cross-functional efforts to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from the supply chain.

Rob’s career has always been fueled by his passion for sustainability and social issues. Before joining Walmart, he helped lead corporate responsibility and brand strategy for Brown-Forman Corporation, which produces and markets spirit brands such as Jack Daniel’s. Rob developed marketing strategies to engage consumers, improve social and environmental performance, and advance business objectives.

Rob received his MBA from the Haas School where he studied marketing, corporate responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to graduate school, Rob was State Communications Director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California and a political consultant for M&R Strategic Services in Washington, DC. Rob received his undergraduate degree in political communication from the George Washington University where he learned that perception is reality. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. 

4- Jo Mackness: Chief Strategy and Operation Officer/ Senior Assistant to Dean; formerExecutive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, Haas School of Business (Special Guest from Haas Business School)

5- Deborah Stern, Founder and CEO of 2020 Strategies, LLC

2020 Strategies is a consulting and venture development firm dedicated to building capacity to achieve a sustainable world.  The firm serves businesses, NGOs, philanthropies and impact investors – through business development, fundraising, and multi-stakeholder/collective impact strategies.  Ms. Stern is currently a Senior Advisor to The Triana Group, Inc. and to Tennaxia, focused on growing the firm’s service to North American-based global companies; and she works with Pro Mujer International, leading the development of philanthropic major gifts and impact investments to expand the mission of serving low income women in Latin America.

Ms. Stern’s 25+ years professional track record in the social impact sector includes creating business development or financing campaigns of up to $100M; securing commitments of up to $25Million.  Missions range from leading CSR and energy management strategies, to the historic South Africa Free Elections Fund, to international women’s development & microfinance, affordable housing, community development, arts, education and health.  Ms. Stern earned an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and a BA from Beloit College.



  •  6:00 – 6:30 pm – Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  •  6:30 – 7:30 pm – Discussion and Q&A
  •  7:30 – 8:00 pm – Refreshments & Networking



Organized by Jabril Bensedrine, Board Member and V.P. Professional Development, Berkeley-Haas NYC Alumni, Managing Director of The Triana Group.


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