Over the past few years, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria have become an integral part of a sustainable company’s assessment of its investment and growth.
ESG criteria are used to measure and track how a company’s operations affect, positively and negatively, the well-being of its environment, employees, suppliers, customers, and community. How a company applies ESG criteria increasingly defines its approach to leadership, management, and compliance.
In Vietnam, interest in ESG standards and their impact on growth is increasing in both the public and private sectors. The holistic integration of ESG criteria into most companies’ strategies is still at an early stage.
With this in mind, AmCham has created the new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee. The ESG Committee will play a role in identifying Vietnamese and global ESG standards and best practice, in promoting ESG standards locally, and in assisting AmCham members to achieve their sustainable development objectives in Vietnam.
CEO, Testerman Advisory, LLC
Greg’s thirty-year career in international Corporate & Investment Banking spans four continents and all of the world’s major banking centers and capital markets. After training at JP Morgan Chase’s New York headquarters and in Europe, he worked seventeen years with Banco Santander throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including as Chief Executive and Country Manager of Santander’s bank in Japan – with responsibility for Southeast Asian markets – and Chief Executive for Santander’s Miami branch, responsible for correspondent banking, trade finance, and structured trade throughout Latin America. He spent nine years as Treasurer and Senior Managing Director of Capital Markets for the Foreign Trade Bank of Latin America (“Bladex”), a supranational development bank. Throughout his banking career, Greg has specialized in building new businesses, and turning around challenged ones.
Country Manager – ERM Vietnam
Mark Watson has over 35 years’ experience as an EHS professional spanning consulting, contracting, industry and government, across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He has a career background in oil & gas, and strong sector experience in power and infrastructure. Mark has successfully led some of the largest and most complex Environmental Impact Assessments in the region. He joined ERM in 2011 and ERM Vietnam in 2018, where he has supported numerous power project developers and operators to secure international finance, by demonstrating their ability to manage their environmental and social issues. Mark is passionate about sustainable development and sees this as both a key challenge and a key success factor for the power sector in Vietnam.
Meetings and Information-sharing
The Committee meeting is organised monthly and open for members only.