ABOUT US

What you have to know about StePs

Cooperation for maximum Benefit

StePs, splendid learning gmbh, together with recognized experts, created this training and communication portal for ESG and stewardship professionals, and all those who seek to advance the environmental, social and governance performance of companies. This unique instrument for the effective transfer of knowledge and skills draws from many years of experience with all types of professional education, including traditional, online and blended learning.
The portal serves two main purposes:

  • it serves as a platform for organizations and individual experts to make their ESG learning content accessible to a wide range of ESG and stewardship professionals; and
  • it provides content providers access to ESG resources and teaching tools to help them develop content and deliver effective learning programs.
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The StePs Certified Stewardship Professional (CSP)

  • A recognized professional credential for stewardship professionals.
  • Comprehensive curriculum of live and virtual courses from StePs and other investors, professional and educational instituions.
  • Blended learning approach: Online elements paired with physical presence; real time and asynchronous.
  • Rigorous examination program.
  • Continuing education requirements and offerenings to ensure StePs members' knowledge and skills remain current.
  • Equivalency credits for those who have taken relevant training provided by other respected professional, investor and educational institutions.
  • Curriculum by StePs in consultation with Stewardship and ESG professionals at investor and educational institutions, with ongoing oversight by a panel of experts.

Management

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StePs Executive Director
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Americas Coordinator

Supervisory Board

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Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors
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Managing Partner Sinclair Capital LLC
Investment Advisor

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Co-Chair of the ICGN Global Governance Committee, Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of non-executive Directors

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President and Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Investor Advisory Services (India)

Advisory Board

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Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors
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Managing Partner Sinclair Capital LLC
Investment Advisor

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Co-Chair of the ICGN Global Governance Committee, Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of non-executive Directors

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President and Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Investor Advisory Services (India)
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Susheela Peres da Costa

Founder of the Stewardship Centre, Chair of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, Director of The Shareholder Commons
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Deborah Gilshan

Deborah Gilshan, Advisor, Investment Stewardship and Fellow, UK's Chartered Governance Institute

Content Oversight Committee

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Managing Partner of Governance & Values GmbH and President of the Sports Governance Association
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Managing Director, Valoris Stewardship Catalysts. Author (with George Dallas) of Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability (2022, Routledge and ICGN).
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Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors
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Co-Chair of the ICGN Global Governance Committee, Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of non-executive Directors

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Head of ESG Office, Berenberg Wealth and Asset Manager

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Professor of Finance at Korea University Business School (KUBS), Director of Economic Reform Research Institute (ERRI)
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Assistant Professor of Finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

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Oğuzhan Karakaş

Associate Professor in Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School at University of Cambridge, Co-Director of the Center of Endowment Asset Management (CEAM)
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Hiroki Sampei

Founder and Principal of Astonering Advisor LLC, Co-Founder of the Forum of Investors Japan and Visiting Researcher of Hitotsubashi University CFO Education and Research Center  

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Marco Becht

Professor of Finance and Goldschmidt Professor of Corporate Governance at the Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management at Université libre de Bruxelles
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Carola Rinker

Accounting fraud expert/ accounting expert
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Fabio Coelho

President of Amec, the Association of Capital Market Investors
Professor of Corporate Governance and Investment Management

Instructors

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Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors
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Managing Partner of Governance & Values GmbH and President of the Sports Governance Association
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Managing Director, Valoris Stewardship Catalysts. Author (with George Dallas) of Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability (2022, Routledge and ICGN).

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Assistant Professor of Finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

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Head of ESG Office, Berenberg Wealth and Asset Manager

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Professor of Finance at Korea University Business School (KUBS), Director of Economic Reform Research Institute (ERRI)
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Founder and Principal of Astonering Advisor LLC, Co-Founder of the Forum of Investors Japan and Visiting Researcher of Hitotsubashi University CFO Education and Research Center