NEW YORK – October 22, 2018 – Cornerstone Capital Group (“Cornerstone”), a registered investment advisor that pursues financial returns alongside social impact by incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) analysis into portfolio design, today announced that Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, and Katherine Pease, Managing Director of Impact Strategy, have been invited to speak at SOCAP18 (Social Capital Markets) on October 23-26 in San Francisco.

SOCAP18 is the world’s leading conference activating the capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact, addressing the intersection of money and meaning.

Karp will moderate the Big Data and Transparency panel, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. PST October 25.  The discussion will be guided by research from Cornerstone’s recent report on data privacy, The Data Privacy Puzzle.

Erika Karp, Founder and CEO at Cornerstone, commented, “While recent scandals have brought big data into the forefront in negative ways, the reality is that the ever-increasing ability to collect and manage large amounts of data is changing the way we do just about everything. When used right, big data has the potential to solve big problems.”

Pease will moderate the Sexual and Gender Based Violence as an Investment Risk panel, which will take place at 4:30 PST on October 25. Karp will also be a featured panelist on this panel. Earlier this year, Cornerstone released a report on this topic as well.

Katherine Pease, Managing Director of Impact Strategy at Cornerstone, concluded, “It is incumbent upon investors to demand greater transparency and hold companies accountable around issues of sexual and gender-based violence in society and in companies.  This panel will explore structural impediments to large-scale improvements in corporate accountability related to sexual harassment, and emerging research that sheds light on the relationship between gender-based violence and investment risk.”

About Cornerstone Capital Group

Cornerstone Capital Group is a financial services firm based in New York. The mission of the firm is to optimize financial performance and social impact through rigorous research and the systematic integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design. In offering investment advisory and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with individuals, family offices, foundations and endowments, corporations and other financial services providers, and promotes new research in the field of ESG analysis.