Financial Times – Navigating the Bumpy Road to Net Zero

November 3, 2021

Salesforce, the cloud-computing company, announced in September that it had reached net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, even when counting its customers’ energy use.

Board composition is critical to making progress, says Richard “RJ” Bannister, chief operating officer at Farient Advisors, a corporate governance consultancy in  the Financial Times article, “Navigating the Bumpy Road to Net Zero”. Boards should, he says, include individuals with a broad perspective on how to integrate net-zero goals into strategies such as cost-cutting, efficiency gains, and risk management.

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About Richard Bannister

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Partner, COO, Farient Advisors/GECN Group, New York

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R.J. has 30-plus years of experience consulting to the S&P 1500 and large private companies representing the board’s compensation committee or management, and sometimes both parties. R.J. has worked with hundreds of companies on their total rewards strategy and executive compensation philosophy to align pay programs with business strategy.

His ability to create alignment results from deep insights on industry and compensation trends; sophisticated financial, market, and compensation analytics; and impactful, easy-to-implement solutions. He has worked in nearly every industry sector and extensively with private equity companies. Before joining Farient, R.J. was the founder and CEO of Bannister Group LLC, an executive compensation and total rewards consultancy he founded in 2019 after retiring as a managing director from Willis Towers Watson.

R.J. holds an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics and a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a triple concentration in corporate finance, strategic management, and international political science.

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