April 7, 2022 | 11:00 - 11:50 am ET

Measuring Sustainability to Create Value

In this on-demand webinar, explore how to determine what success looks like and how accountability for sustainability measurement, analytics and performance needs to be embedded into the “Sustainability DNA” of the organization, with transparency and trust enshrined along the way.

Key Takeaways


Joe Allanson

Executive Vice President, Finance ESG, Salesforce

Joe Allanson joined Salesforce in August 2003, which was four years after Salesforce was founded in 1999. He served as their Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller since July 2011. Prior to the expansion of his responsibilities to include the role of the Chief Accounting Officer, he served as the company’s Corporate Controller from July 2007 to July 2011. Effective September 15, 2021, Joe transitioned to the role of Executive Vice President, Finance ESG of Salesforce.

In the November 1, 2017 issue of Fortune Magazine, Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce, in reflecting on Salesforce’s accomplishments referred to Joe as “the cloud industry’s unsung hero for working with the accounting standards boards to allow for the deferred recognition of sales commissions.” In 2018, Zuora Software named Joe as Chief Accounting Officer of the Year for his contributions towards the final standard on Revenue Recognition.

Prior to joining Salesforce in 2003, Joe spent 4 years at Autodesk and 3 years at Chiron Corporation. He also spent 11 years at Arthur Andersen LLP in their San Francisco audit and business advisory services group. Joe oversees Salesforce’s Environmental, Social and Governance external reporting in its 10-K and Proxy, and the preparation of its annual Stakeholder Impact Reports and its recently issued Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures report.

In October 2021, Joe joined the board of directors of the Value Reporting Foundation. He is also a large advocate of education and community service. He serves on the:
Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco,
Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Leventhal School of Accounting,
Advisory Board of Santa Clara University’s School of Accounting and
Board of Trustees (emeritus) at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco

Richard Clark

Chief Accounting Officer & Chief Transformation Officer, Business Enablement Accenture

Richard P. Clark is Accenture’s newly appointed chief transformation officer, business enablement. In this role, he will guide the development, design and implementation of global change initiatives across the company’s full infrastructure to enable Accenture’s strategy. In addition, Richard has been Accenture’s chief accounting officer since 2013, with responsibility for overseeing all accounting functions and policies, and ensuring reporting accuracy and compliance. He works directly with the Audit Committee of the Accenture Board and is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Richard has extensive financial and operations experience, having held executive positions in several of Accenture’s business areas. He was Accenture’s corporate controller from 2010 to 2021 and served as senior managing director-Investor Relations from 2006 to 2010, with responsibility for developing the strategy and programs to maintain Accenture’s relationships and communications with shareholders and the broader investment community. In that role, he was part of the Investor Relations (IR) team ranked No. 1 in Institutional Investor’s annual survey of the sector’s equity analysts and institutional investors.

Before joining the IR team, Richard was director of finance for two of Accenture’s largest business units—Communications, Media and Technology, and Resources. In these roles, he was responsible for formulating and executing short and long-term financial growth strategies, as well as for managing interactions with clients, members of the investment community and Accenture’s senior leadership team. He joined Accenture in 1991 and was promoted to partner in 2001.

Richard served on the Accenture Federal Services Board of Managers from 2012-2017, where he chaired the Audit Committee and was a member of the Compensation Committee. He has also been a member of the Human Rights Campaign Business Council since 2007.

A Certified Public Accountant, he holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Public Administration from Stonehill College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree with honors in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Vrushali Gaud

Managing Director ESG Measurement Lead, Accenture

Vrushali is an internationally recognized expert in the ESG/sustainability field having worked across the globe advising corporations, government agencies and mentoring early-stage start-ups. She has more than18 years of experience in ESG/sustainability, operations, sales, consulting and advocacy roles across top tier global organizations.

As a Managing Director with Accenture, she leads the ESG Measurement, Analytics & Performance practice in North America. She has a strong track record of helping corporate executive teams navigate ESG led transformations through strategy development, risk management and leveraging technology solutions to deliver on their sustainability agenda. She is an expert in ESG Reporting Standards, Climate Risk Strategies, Carbon Accounting, Technology Solutions, and is strongly committed to bridging the gap between business and sustainability through an interconnected and systemic approach to climate change and social equity challenges.


Dan Bigman

Dan Bigman

Editor-in-Chief, Chief Executive Group

Dan Bigman is Editor and Chief Content Officer of Chief Executive Group, publishers of Chief Executive, Corporate Board Member,, and StrategicCFO360. Previously he was Managing Editor at Forbes and the founding business editor of