Janine Guillot is Special Advisor to the Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), where she provides strategic counsel to the ISSB Chair and IFRS Foundation Trustees, focused on the establishment of the ISSB and the consolidation of the Value Reporting Foundation into the IFRS Foundation. Janine previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Value Reporting Foundation (formerly the SASB Foundation), a global nonprofit focused on enabling businesses to provide decision useful sustainability information to investors and other providers of capital. The VRF’s resources — including the SASB Standards and Integrated Reporting Framework — continue to exist under the IFRS Foundation and are used by businesses and investors in over 70 countries.
Under Janine’s leadership, SASB and the VRF gained global recognition as leading organizations in the corporate disclosure landscape. Janine led the establishment and widespread acceptance of SASB Standards as the primary industry-specific sustainability disclosure standards for the global capital markets. Under her leadership, global investor support for the SASB Standards grew to over $70 trillion in assets, and the SASB Standards became one of the most widely used tools for integration of environmental, social and governance factors into investment and stewardship processes.
Janine led the merger of SASB and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) to become the Value Reporting Foundation, and the merger of the VRF into the IFRS Foundation. These mergers were major steps in simplifying the global sustainability disclosure landscape. She is a leader in the global effort to establish and build support for the ISSB and advancing progress towards a global corporate reporting system in which sustainability accounting develops the commensurate level of maturity, credibility, and acceptance as financial accounting.
Janine has a distinguished career in financial services. Prior to joining SASB, she served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), where her responsibilities included oversight of CalPERS ESG integration and corporate governance programs. Prior to CalPERS, she served as Chief Operating Officer for the European and Global Fixed Income businesses of Barclays Global Investors. She also served in executive management roles at Bank of America, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer roles for retail and commercial business units and Executive Vice President roles in consumer e-commerce and brand development.
Education and Professional Recognition
A graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Janine began her career as a technical accountant and auditor with Ernst & Young. In recognition for her leadership at the intersection of sustainability, accounting and finance, Janine was selected as a 2020 and 2021 NACD Directorship 100 Honoree and named to the 2020 Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business list.
Janine serves on the Board of Directors of Equilibrium Capital and on the Advisory Board of Blockchain Co-investors. She previously served on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee, California’s Climate-Related Risk Disclosure Advisory Group, the Senior Advisory Board at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Board of Directors of the Value Reporting Foundation and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.