Robert G. Eccles, Renowned ESG Integration Expert, Joins Persefoni Advisory Board
Eccles will guide the ClimateTech startup in helping investors and enterprises improve carbon accounting, reduce impact
Published March 30, 2021
Tempe, Ariz., March 30, 2021 — Persefoni
, an intelligent carbon footprint management and reporting platform for enterprises and investors, today announced that Robert G. Eccles will serve on the company’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Eccles — a founding chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and visiting professor at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School — is a leading global authority on corporate purpose and the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. He will bring practical and academic expertise to Persefoni, advising the company on creating best-in-class solutions that help enterprises and investors manage their carbon accounting, planning, reporting, internal education, and ultimately, decarbonization efforts.
"Bob is one of the foremost experts in the field of sustainable finance and ESG reporting topics, and I couldn't be more pleased to welcome him to our Sustainability Advisory Board,” said Kentaro Kawamori, CEO and co-founder of Persefoni. “Companies and investors need better solutions to meaningfully track and measure sustainability data — and they need them quickly. Bob will make an immediate impact and help us accelerate our mission of making carbon accounting and reporting more accessible across the market.”
Together with Kawamori and Tim Mohin — Persefoni’s Chief Sustainability Officer and the former head of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) — Eccles will help oversee the creation of Persefoni’s new Climate & Sustainability Advisory Board. The goal of the new board will be to advise the board and executive team on the integration of sustainability - specifically carbon accounting - into business and investment management.
“The world of sustainability is changing — rapidly. Investor interest has reached new heights. We’re likely to see new disclosure mandates. And nearly every major company is setting bold Net Zero goals. Unfortunately, very few organizations have the tools in place to adapt to these changes at scale and provide meaningful data,” said Eccles. “Persefoni’s technology is critical to making decarbonization and ESG integration a reality. I am thrilled to work with this forward-thinking team to prepare for a future that’s already arrived.”
Eccles is also a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, and was a Berkeley Social Impact Fellow at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He was a Professor at Harvard Business School, receiving tenure in 1989.
Persefoni is a SaaS company that enables enterprises and institutional investors to measure, analyze, plan, forecast, and report on their carbon footprint. The Persefoni platform leverages AI to provide users contextual sustainability performance scores for their organization and enables them to manage their carbon transactions and inventory with the same rigor as their financial ones. Built for both reporting companies and institutional investors, Persefoni is a complete carbon footprint management system.