Yi Sun (MBA' 16) at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
“I worked on two closely related projects with the WBCSD Geneva team and external partners which mapped innovative climate investments to showcase best practices.”
For the second year in a row, GSEI placed students as Fellows at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development thanks to the support of our founding partner, Bank of America. These Fellowships offer offer a practical training ground for the next generation of leaders whose decisions will make a positive social and economic impact on the world. Below, Yi Sun, a recent graduate of the McDonough School of Business, reports on his work this summer.
Yi Sun (MBA ’16)
Summer Associate 2016: Capital Markets
This summer, I had the opportunity to work for WBCSD on the capital markets initiative to support their quantitative research and membership growth in the financial service sector.
The major project included looking at whether ESG initiatives help increase the financial performance of companies who invest in them. After studying several variables and key performance indicators across a number of WBCSD member company profiles, my preliminary conclusions suggested that improved ESG programs do in fact correlate to better economic performance. I also identified the critical KPIs that are most relevant for a company’s value creation in each industry represented by WBCSD members.
Additionally, I worked on two closely related projects with the WBCSD Geneva team and external partners which mapped innovative climate investments to showcase best practices. This research will provide innovative approaches that will have positive impact on climate or the Social Development Goals. Our final report will be presented at the WBCSD summit in October.
I also explored new business development approaches for WBCSD member recruitment in the financial sector. This new initiative has motivated the top U.S. custodian banks to propose a discussion group, and promote among the investor community the Natural Infrastructure investment project that WBCSD is working on in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy.
This experience with WBCSD has given me new insight into the interaction between sustainability and business. It was a great learning-by-doing opportunity for me after my business school training. Both of my supervisors, Dominik Breitinger based in Geneva, and Chris Walker based in NYC, shared many insights across the sustainable finance area. My accomplishments would have been impossible without their support.