Louis Coppola is EVP and a co-founder of Governance & Accountability Institute, a New York based sustainability consulting, research and advisory firm. Louis focuses particularly on providing advice to corporate and investor clients related to sustainability strategy, disclosure (reporting), investment and performance.
Louis is also an adjunct professor at the Bard M.B.A in Sustainability NYC campus teaching courses on business pragmatics of sustainability focusing on disclosure standards and analysis of sustainability reports.
G&A Institute is the exclusive Data Partner for GRI for the United States, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Lou directs the Institute’s relationship with GRI including the activities around the Data Partner relationship, “Organizational Stakeholder” (OS) relationship, and several joint research publications. Lou’s methods are used by GRI as global models for other nations’ Data Partners. Lou is frequently called on by the media, academics, and industry to contribute to articles, speak on panels, and present his ideas on ESG & Sustainability related topics.
He also coordinates the Institute’s various public research projects such as “Sustainability – What Matters?”, and studies of sustainability reporting external assurance practices in collaboration with GRI, Bloomberg, and the big four accounting firms. Louis contributed to the US section of “Carrots & Sticks III”, a collaborative publication with GRI, KPMG, UNEP, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and various other stakeholders.
The report analyzed the growing number of sustainability reporting policies and guidance from countries around the world. Lou is the co-chair of the Social Investment Forum’s (SIF) – Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) Sustainable Education and Company Engagement (SECE) steering group. He is also an active New York Society of Securities Analyst (NYSSA), Sustainable Investing Committee member. Prior to forming the Institute, Louis Coppola worked as an Account Executive at Rowan & Blewitt, a global crisis management and issues management consulting firm that was under the corporate umbrella of Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG).
Louis Coppola has graduated with Honors from Molloy College (MBA) where he was selected for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in Business, Management, and Administration. He received his undergraduate B.S. with Major in Computer Information Systems and Minor in Computer Science.
Lou has qualified and is an active member of Mensa.