Date: 5/2/2019
Event start time: 2:00 PM
Event end time: 3:00 PM
Category: Webinar
Price: Free

ESG Reporting Basics – A Primer for IR Professionals

May 2, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time

The type and content of ESG disclosure investors expect from issuers can vary widely based on a number of factors. Faced with numerous surveys and other requests for information, it can be daunting for IROs to determine where to start. What do IR professionals need to know about the basic principles of ESG reporting to make informed decisions within their own companies? What are the key factors that an IR professional should consider as they examine their company’s unique situation?
In this live webinar, we’ll discuss the demand from investors for ESG reporting, with an overview of frameworks and other reporting initiatives, including the SASB standards. We’ll discuss industry specificity and the concept of what can be considered financially material information of interest to investors. We’ll also hear best practices from an IR professional at a company recognized for its ESG reporting.

IRC® credential holders can earn 1 professional development units (PDUs) for participating in the webinar. IRC-credentialed speakers may also earn PDUs. More information is available at

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Ruth Venning

Ruth Venning

Executive Director, Investor Relations , Horizon Pharma

Ruth Venning joined Horizon Pharma in May 2017 as its executive director of investor relations. The $2 billion biopharmaceutical company specializes in medicines for rare diseases.

Working closely with the investment community and Horizon leaders, Venning is integrally involved with IR strategic planning, messaging, analytics and investor communications. In addition, she coordinates the development of investor-relations communications, manages IR activities and drives Horizon Pharma’s proxy outreach efforts.

In her current post, Venning draws on her deep experience in investor relations, corporate communications and crisis management. Most recently, she was director of investor relations for Hospira, Inc., a generic injectable pharmaceutical and medical device company. Pfizer acquired Hospira in 2015.  

During her 10 years with Hospira, Venning was responsible for day-to-day communication with the investment community, as well as institutional targeting, proxy outreach, retail shareholder relations, and the production of the annual report and other investor material. She launched the company’s proxy outreach program in 2010 and spearheaded Hospira’s adoption of the notice-and-access distribution model in 2009, ahead of the adoption curve for practices that now are standard in investor relations.

Before joining Hospira, Venning was director of corporate relations for Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., where she managed corporate communications and investor relations. Prior to that, she served United Airlines for five years in financial communications and investor relations roles. Earlier, she directed corporate communications for Calamos Asset Management, a Chicago-area investment management firm. Venning began her career in international public relations, working primarily for the Japanese government in Japan.

Venning holds an MBA in finance from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, a master’s degree in corporate communications from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies from Earlham College. She is an adjunct instructor in Northwestern University’s Integrated Marketing Communications graduate program.

Long active in the NIRI-Chicago chapter, Venning has served on the NIRI-Chicago board of directors since 2004, including as the board’s president in 2007 and chairman in 2008. She currently is the chapter’s treasurer. She also is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Kurt Kuehn

Kurt Kuehn

Former CFO, UPS, Member, SASB Standards Board

Kurt Kuehn retired in 2015 as UPS's CFO following a unique career that covered many roles during his 38 year tenure. Prior to his appointment as CFO in 2008, he was Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing.  Kurt was also UPS's first Vice President of Investor Relations, taking the company public in 1999 - the largest IPO in the 20th century.  Since he joined UPS as a driver in 1977, his UPS career included leadership roles in sales and marketing, strategy, engineering, operations, and strategic cost planning and analysis.  

Kurt was a key supporter of UPS's sustainability program, working on the very first sustainability report in 2002 and remaining a member of the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee. He published several articles on effective Sustainability within corporations, including Harvard Business Review "Sustainability that even a CFO can like" (04/2014).  Kurt received the C.K. Prahalad award for leadership in Sustainability for the financial community from the Corp Eco Forum and is a member of the board of NCR and Henry Schein corporations.

Malcolm (Mac) Ryerse

Malcolm (Mac) Ryerse

Lead Analyst (US), Responsible Investment (RI), and Senior Portfolio Manager, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Mac Ryerse is Lead Analyst (US), Responsible Investment (RI), and Senior Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, where he leads and coordinates the delivery of CTI’s RI capability and activities out of the US. He also serves as a co-manager on the U.S. Social Bond Fund, adding responsible investment expertise and ESG capabilities to the strategy.
Prior to assuming his current roles, Mr. Ryerse was Director of Responsible Investment at CTI in the US for two years and Senior Corporate Governance Analyst for five years.  Prior to joining CTI, he was corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Potlatch Corporation, with additional responsibility for corporate strategic planning and stakeholder relations.

Mr. Ryerse is currently a member of the PRI Fixed Income Advisory Committee, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB®) Standards Advisory Group, and holds the SASB® FSA Level I certification.
He holds an MBA from Bethel University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Gonzaga University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Gustavus Adolphus College.  Mr. Ryerse has served on the graduate school faculty at Bethel University where he taught corporate finance.