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INTERNAL AUDIT’S ROLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE

The stay of the SEC climate disclosure rules has provided extra time for companies to prepare for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations and reporting obligations in the U.S. This is a critical time to form a comprehensive ESG strategy as the effective date draws ever closer to avoid potential penalties and satisfy external stakeholders.

Educating your leadership team is one of the first steps you can take as ESG regulations continue to evolve. Identifying key personnel is a vital component of the overall ESG strategy, and internal auditors will be one of the most valuable contributors in forming your overall strategy. They possess the requisite skills to evaluate existing capabilities, address risks, and help identify key metrics – all key components of an ESG strategy. 

We discussed how an internal auditor can help form and maintain your comprehensive ESG strategy and deliver exceptional value.

 

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Our Presenters

Jack Reagan | Managing Director | UHY Advisors

Jack Reagan | Managing Director | UHY Advisors

Jack Reagan has over 30 years of experience serving state and local governments, local school districts, federal government entities, and not-for-profit organizations as both an auditor and consultant. He has served many of the largest state and local government entities throughout the country including New York City, Boston, San Jose, Nashville, and Washington, D.C., as well as the states of New York, Texas, New Jersey, Delaware, and California, and Fairfax County, Va., Loudoun County, Va., and Montgomery County, Md. Jack currently leads many ARPA consulting engagements for cities and counties across the nation. He also serves as an ARPA subject matter expert for the City of Detroit, Mich. Jack also served as a quality control review partner for close-out audits of FEMA grant funds awarded to localities by the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

Jack has successfully assisted numerous localities in obtaining and maintaining their GFOA and ASBO Certificates of Excellence in Financial Reporting. He is a widely sought-after speaker on emerging issues facing these entities, from technical accounting matters to grants management to other financial management issues. Jack was the first recipient of the University of Richmond Accounting Department Alumni of the Year for his contributions to students at his alma mater.

David Plajstek | Principal | UHY Advisors

David Plajstek | Principal | UHY Advisors

Dave Plajstek has over 25 years of experience with finance transformation, financial statement audits, enterprise risk management, internal audit, IT risk and controls. He has significant previous experience across multiple industries as a director of internal audit, responsible for leading departments of various size for publicly traded and private companies. Dave is responsible for professional standards, OCC communication, audit committee participation and collaboration with the 2nd line of defense functions (e.g., ERM, SOX, Loan Review). He has extensive experience in internal auditing, application of the COSO controls frameworks, risk assessment, FDICIA, and control evaluations. Dave is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Reina Hernandez | Manager | UHY Advisors

Reina Hernandez | Manager | UHY Advisors

Reina Hernandez is a Consulting Manager in the Columbia Office of UHY and a member of the ESG Solutions practice, focusing on internal audits for government entities. She has over 13 years of experience conducting internal audits, internal control assessments, operational and compliance reviews, enterprise risk management, risk and compliance services, accounting functions, policy evaluation, and procedural documentation for for-profit companies and local governments. Reina delivers a strong commitment to her profession through the guidance and assurance services and process improvement recommendations she provides to organizations.

Reina has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance/Minor in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Reina is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), credential granted by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), indicating her dedication to internal auditing and demonstrating credibility in the field. She also holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), which is a credential that reflects her ability to evaluate dynamic components of an organization's governance and enterprise risk management program and provide guidance and assurance surrounding those issues. She is also a member of the IIA and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), where she is kept abreast of the latest industry information and best practices.

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