The Role of Finance in ESG

Company performance on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues is becoming an increasingly important performance metric for investors, consumers, and management with investors and rating agencies demanding more ESG reporting. Investors believe that companies with a strong ESG program perform better and are more stable. Finance needs to play a key role in ESG strategy, communications, and reporting.

  • Meeting investors demands for higher levels of transparency in ESG reporting
  • Effectively communicating the ESG strategy to shareholders
  • Input in determining Board and management level ESG oversight

Jill Pemberton
Chief Financial Officer, North America

Jill is North America CFO for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. She is responsible for partnering with the North America CEO and leadership team on all financial and strategic objectives and serves as a main connection point to global headquarters. She leads a team of professionals in Accounting, FP&A, Tax, Treasury, Risk, IT, and Procurement in managing the regional P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow performance and analyzes key financial measures to identify risk or opportunity in order to maximize success.

Prior to joining LVMH, Jill was Senior Vice President, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis for Viacom. She joined Viacom in July 2019 after several years at Johnson & Johnson, most recently serving as Vice President, Finance, supporting the Global Procurement organization. Jill joined Johnson & Johnson in September 2013 as Vice President, Finance, in the Investor Relations team. In March 2014, she assumed the role of Vice President, Finance, Global Franchise Organization for the Consumer Group, where she was responsible for the financial oversight of the Global Marketing Organization, Global R&D and Global Business Development teams for the Consumer business.

Jill has significant experience in financial management including sales and marketing finance, corporate financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain finance and investor relations. She has worked in the Luxury, Media, Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Airline, and Automobile industries. In her last role before joining Johnson & Johnson, Jill served as head of Commercial Finance for HJ Heinz’s UK and Ireland business. While at Heinz, she also served as Director of European Finance and Director of Strategic Planning. Prior to Heinz, Jill was with Delta Air Lines for 10 years where she held positions of increasing responsibility in both Finance and Marketing. Her last position at Delta was head of Finance for the Airport Customer Service business unit. She began her career at TRW.

Jill holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and is NACD Directorship Certified.