Moody’s President & CEO Ray McDaniel Addresses Corporate Sustainability at Museum of American Finance Lecture Series

Moody’s President & CEO Ray McDaniel Addresses Corporate Sustainability at Museum of American Finance Lecture Series

(L-R) Ray McDaniel, President & CEO, Moody’s; Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO, BNP Paribas USA; David Cowan, President & CEO, MoAF

Ray McDaniel, President & CEO, Moody’s

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Monday, October 7, 2019 - 9:35am

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Sustainability is no longer a fringe issue for large corporations, and on September 19, 2019, the Museum of American Finance hosted a fireside chat and panel discussion on the future of corporate decision making as it relates to environmental, social, and governance concerns. Moody’s President & CEO Ray McDaniel delivered the opening remarks and outlined Moody’s unique platform within the sustainability space as a standard setter for credit ratings, research and risk analysis.

“Our ambition to help inform environmentally and socially responsible decisions is reflected in the ongoing development of our non-rating MIS Assessments business,” said McDaniel. “In May, we announced our intention to create a carbon transition assessment framework for rated, publicly traded non-financial corporates, and in July we published a scoring framework to assess corporate governance characteristics of publicly traded non-financial corporates.”

Moody’s sponsored the program, which was presented at the McNally Amphitheatre at Fordham University. Additional speakers included David Cowen, President of the Museum of American Finance, and Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA and Chairman of CIB Americas. The program continued with a fireside chat between Martin Whittaker, CEO of JUST Capital, and Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor at Bloomberg News. Ms. Chasan also moderated a panel with Lynn Good, Chairman, President & CEO of Duke Energy, Dr. Barbara Porco, Director of the Center for Professional Practices and Chair of Fordham’s SASB Collaboration Governance Board, and Satya Tripathy, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office at UN Environment.

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