“You need to have an ESG leader who is going to meet an organization right where they are in their ESG journey,” said Meredith Coburn, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates, at a panel for the PE Innovators in ESG Speak virtual event. “Build upon what is already in place, and carry it forward. But they also need to be consistently working across the organization, gathering insights, and bringing people together.”

Key elements exist that allow for smooth implementation of ESG policies into corporate strategies. The panel discusses these elements, some of which include standards of measuring metric collection, necessary tools for an effective ESG leader, and understanding the alignment of ESG with business objectives. Watch the video to hear from: Brandon Zero, Senior Reporter, Mergers & Acquisitions, Christine Anderson, Global Head of External Relations, Blackstone, Meredith Coburn, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Helene Banks, Co-Chair of M&A and Corporate Advisory, Cahill Gordon & Reindel. For more, read Mergers & Acquisitions Introduces the 2021 PE Innovators in ESG.