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CSRHub’s Bahar Gidwani speaking at Generating Alpha

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2019 10:24:42 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub CTO and Co-Founder Bahar Gidwani will be speaking at Skytop gen_alpha-01Strategies Generating Alpha conference, in New York on February 13th. Bahar will join a panel discussing Alpha from Impact: Identifying Opportunities in ESG.

Companies have begun to implement ESG practices to reshape how they create value. This value manifests itself through returns in the equity selection process, as valuation models emerge to demonstrate those returns for institutional investors who seek out companies with strong ESG practices and ratings.

The Generating Alpha 2019 program will address topline issues in the ways that allocators select investments through fund managers and through the advice of investment consultants.

This full-day discussion will include information on financial evaluations, portfolio allocations and how investment experts create portfolios using ESG factors as core drivers of value. The program will also address benchmarking (using indexes and other vehicles) to manage risk, volatility and other considerations facing institutional investors today.

FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Alpha from Impact: Identifying Opportunities in ESG

Moderator: Paula Luff, Director, Sustainability and Impact, Inherent Group


  • Kyle Balkissoon, Partner, Stance Capital
  • Hernando Cortina, CFA, Director, Indexes & Analytics, JUST Capital
  • Bahar Gidwani, CFA, FSA, Co-founder & CTO, CSRHub
  • Jared Landaw, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Barington Capital Group, L.P.Title


For the full program, click here.

Friends of CSRHub receive a 25% discount off registration using code CSRHUB2019.

As the corporate landscape evolves around global, social, environmental and economic change, Skytop Strategies works to facilitate discussion with executive-level corporate leaders, institution investors, stakeholders, reputable industry experts, and authoritative NGO/government agencies around corporate strategy. 

Bahar_Gidwani-10Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

CSRHub is the largest ESG and sustainability rating and information platform globally. We aggregate 180M data points from 605+ data sources including 10 leading ESG analyst databases. Our patented algorithm aggregates, normalizes, and weights data to rate 18,000 companies in 132 countries across 136 industries. We track 97% of world market capitalization. We cover 12 subcategories of ratings and rankings across the categories of environment, employees, community and governance. We show underlying data sources that contribute to each subcategory’s ratings. CSRHub metrics are a consensus view (any 2 sources may have about a 30% correlation so we make sense of the disparate data). We tag companies for their involvement in 17 Special Issues. We provide Macro-enabled Excel dashboard templates, customizable dashboards, and an API. Our big data technology enables 85% full coverage of data across our rated companies and robust analyses. We provide historical ratings back to 2008. 


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CSRHub’s Cynthia Figge speaking at CSR 3.0

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2017 9:57:49 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

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Skytop Strategies will launch its second annual CSR Summit on March 9th in San Francisco.

This year’s program will bring together leaders in corporate responsibility, citizenship, philanthropy, marketing, strategy, procurement, and human capital to discuss the alignment between CSR and company strategy, and how that alignment affects reputation and company value.

This full-day discussion will help companies and CSR practitioners assess how to maximize the benefits of their programs for themselves and align their interests with those of their stakeholders.

CSRHub’s co-founder Cynthia Figge will be contributing to The Performance Connection: How Feedback (Criticism) from Highly Active Stakeholders Improves CSR Reporting session.  She will be interviewing Justin Murrill, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Advanced Micro.

For the full program, click here.


Some of the other thought leaders who will join this year's summit include:

  • Lori Duvall, Director, Global Impact, Ebay Inc.
  • Sunya Ojure, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Salesforce
  • Phil Berry, Former Sustainability Director, Nike Inc.
  • Cecily Joseph, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec
  • Michelle Crozier, Director, Sustainability & Social Impact, Adobe, Executive Director, Adobe Foundation
  • Evan Harvey, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq
  • Andrew Behar, Chief Executive Officer, As You Sow
  • Susan Beverly, Director, Global Citizenship & Policy, Abbott


Selected agenda topics include:

  • Communicating the Value in Effective CSR Practices
  • The Generational Divide: It’s Not the Data, It’s Who’s Interpreting—and Reacting—to It
  • Storytelling: How to Effectively Build Internal Consensus, Secure Resources and Forge Ahead with a Winning Strategy
  • How to Take CSR to the Next Level: Tools for Integrating Business Purpose and Social Purpose
  • The Performance Connection: How Criticism from Highly Active Stakeholders Improves CSR Reporting


Members of CSRHub receive a 25% discount off the dated price. To register at this special rate please contact Josh Galow - VP Delegate Engagement at JGalow@skytopstrategies.com.  


Cynthia Figge, Co-founder and COO of CSRHubCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is COO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.


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CSRHub's Cynthia Figge Speaking at Skytop Strategies CSR 2.0 Conference

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2016 9:58:00 AM / by Cynthia Figge

Skytop CSR 2.0

Join Skytop Strategies CSR 2.0 Conference, where our
Co-founder and COO, Cynthia Figge, will be moderating the Performance Drivers: Big Data, Transparency and CSR panel. This conference will be held on April 20th in San Francisco, California.  CSRHub will also be a strategic partner of this conference.

Skytop’s CSR 2.0 Conference will be attended by Corporate Responsibility Officers, Heads of Marketing and Strategy, and Human Capital Executives, with the goals of engaging, discovering as well as applying corporate social responsibility strategies.

For more information, please click here to visit Skytop Strategies website for the conferences agenda.

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Symposium on Integrated Thinking, Drivers and Evolving Best Practices

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2015 10:04:13 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Company executives, institutional investors and practice leaders engage on shifting shareholder expectations and how Integrated Thinking improves company resilience and net performance.

Join Unified Discussions with Industry Leaders Including

Mary Adams



Bill Baue


Sustainability Context Group

Co-Founder & Chief Engagement Architect


Laura Berry

Executive Director

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Herb Blank

Managing Director

S-Network Global Indexes

Dan Brown

Leadership Coach & Principal

Xponential Coaching & Consulting

Francis Byrd

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Byrd Governance Advisory

John Edelman

Managing Director

Global Engagement & Corporate Responsibility


Dawn Edwards


Pomegranate Consulting LLC

Toni Muzi Falconi

Senior Counsel


Silvia Garrigo

Senior Fellow Corporate Responsibility

Sustainable Development & Human Rights

Retired Executive Chevron

Russ Gaskin

Consultant, Speaker & Change Agent

CoCreative Consulting

Bahar Gidwani

Co-founder & CEO


Colin Grant

Chief of Strategy & Business Development

Figbytes Inc.

Amy Hall

Director of Social Consciousness

Eileen Fisher

Eric Israel

Governance Expert

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Chief Executive Officer

B. Accountability



Global Facilitator

UNGCs Global Compact Board Program

Susanne Katus

Vice President, Business Development


Linda M. Kelley


Transitioning to Green

Maureen Kline

Director of Public Affairs & Sustainability

Pirelli Tire North America

Riva Krut

Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer

Danbury, CT

Becca Makover


Gap International

Bruce Markewicz

Managing Director, Beacon Interactive

Beacon Healthcare Communications

Kim Marotta

Director of Sustainability


P.J. Marshall

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Restore the Earth Foundation

Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Center for Sustainable Organizations


Thomas & McElroy LLC

Anne-Marie McGonnigal

Vice President, Strategy & Investor Relations


Gilles Mesrobian

Faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability

Bard College

Senior Associate

Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy

Ariel Meyerstein, PhD

Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Governance

United States Council for International Business

Rob Michalak

Global Director of Social Mission

Ben & Jerry’s

Michael Muyot


CRD Analytics

Sandy Nessing

Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design

American Electric Power

Ron Nielsen


ICBIS – International Centre for Business Innovation and Sustainability

George Perlov


George Perlov Consulting

Chris Pinney

President & Chief Executive Officer

High Meadows Institute, Inc.

David P. Podmayersky

Chief Security Officer


Shahnaz Radjy

Senior Communications Specialist

Vitality Institute

Veena Ramani

Senior Director, Corporate Program


James Reeves

Vice President, Business & Social Purpose


William G. Russell


Transitioning to Green

Celine Solsken Ruben-Salama

Faculty Member, Master of Science Sustainability Management Program

Columbia University, Earth Institute

William C. Steers

General Manager, Communications and Corporate Responsibility


Kristen Sullivan



Lex Suvanto

Managing Director, Financial Communications


Dominic Tancredi

Chief Executive Officer

Dom & Tom Inc.

Thomas Tancredi

Chief Strategy Officer

Dom & Tom Inc.

Ralph Thurm


ThriveAbility Foundation

Mark Tulay

Program Director & COO


Marcy Twete

Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility


Julia Urbanchuk

Senior Director,

Learning & Organization Development

eBay Enterprise

Todd Weinstein

Digital Account Director

Beacon Healthcare Communications

John Wilson

Head of Corporate Governance, Research and Engagement

Cornerstone Capital Group

Jeana Wirtenberg

President & Chief Executive Officer

Transitioning to Green

Professor, HR/Employees & Organizations

Bard College

Christopher P. Skroupa
Founder and CEO

@SkytopStrat        Skytopstrategies.com       LinkedIn


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