Selected Writings

Dr. Jean Rogers believes in the transformative power of innovative ideas and effective communication. As a thought leader in the field of sustainable finance, she has authored a variety of publications, academic articles, op-eds, and other writings. She is also an accomplished lecturer and public speaker.

Publications & Articles

“Investors Will Get the Corporate Sustainability Disclosure They Want,” The Hill, (December 19, 2016)

“Climate Risk Is Poorly Represented in Company Financial Filings,” Scientific American, article on incomplete disclosure of climate-related risks in SEC filings (August 11, 2016)

  • “Measuring What Matters: Industry Specificity Helps Companies and Investors Gain Traction on Sustainability” With Robert HerzJournal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 28, Issue 2 (July 11, 2016)

  • “Organizations need to account for all forms of capital” The CPA Journal, Vol. 85, Issue 4 (April 2015)

“The SEC and Capital Markets in the 21st Century: Evolving Accounting Infrastructure for Today’s World” With Robert G. Eccles, Brookings Institution – Governance Studies at Brookings (September 2014)

“Taking Impact Investing and Accounting Full Tilt,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, article co-authored with Clara Miller (July 18, 2014)   

    • “Corporate Disclosure of Material Information: The Evolution—and the Need to Evolve Again”  With Robert Herz, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 25, Issue 3 (December 23, 2013)

“The Need for Sector Specific Materiality and Sustainability Reporting Standards,” Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, article co-authored with Robert Eccles, Mike Krzus, and George Serafeim on applying an industry lens to sustainability (Spring 2012)

“Integrated Reporting and Key Performance Indicators,” section co-authored with Steve Lydenberg in the Harvard Business School e-book The Landscape of Integrated Reporting: Reflections and Next Steps by Robert G. Eccles, Beiting Cheng, and Daniela Saltzman (November 22, 2010)

From Transparency to Performance: Industry-Based Sustainability Reporting on Key Issues  Co-authored with Steve Lydenberg and David Wood, Harvard University – The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the Initiative for Responsible Investment (July, 2010)

Metrics for Responsible Property Investing:  Developing and Maintaining a High-Performance Portfolio, Urban Land Institute’s Responsible Property Investing Council, co-authored with Lisa Galley and David Wood (November, 2009)

“The Business Guide to the Low Carbon Economy: California,” paper on California’s low-carbon future co-authored with The Climate Group (2008)  

Columns & Op-Eds

“Sustainability Accounting Standards Represent Market – Not Regulatory – Forces at Work”  Investor’s Business Daily (April 25, 2017)

“Sustainability Disclosure: A Matter of Public Trust,”  CFO Magazine, op-ed co-written with Alan Beller (October 31, 2016)

“Millennials and Women Redefine What It Means to Be a Reasonable Investor”  Institutional Investor (October 20, 2016)

“To Price Sustainability Risk, You Need an Industry View” Institutional Investor (August 23, 2016)

“Give Stockholders Better Tools to be Socially Responsible Investors,” MarketWatch, op-ed co-written with Lisa Woll on increasing corporate transparency on ESG data to improve investor decision making (March 8, 2016)

“Why Investors Can’t Avoid Climate Risk by Divesting”   Wall Street Journal (September 14, 2015)

“To Serve Investors, Accounting Must Evolve,” Accounting Today, op-ed about the market need for sustainability accounting. (May 5, 2015)

“A Good Corporate Accounting of Social Costs is Needed”  New York Times (April 16, 2015)

“Focusing Corporate Sustainability Ratings on What Matters,” The Huffington Post, op-ed co-written with Allen White on the need for better sustainability ratings (April 15, 2015)

“We have financial fundamentals, so why not sustainability fundamentals?” Ethical Corporation, commentary on how public disclosure of sustainability fundamentals can drive performance (February 2005)


On the Shoulders of Giants  Speech delivered at INSEAD – Society for Progress Fontainebleau, France (June 16, 2018)

Market Forces at Work  SASB Symposium, Fordham University, NYC (November 30, 2017)

Sustainability Accounting: From Earth Day to Every Day, Meonske Professional Development Conference keynote address delivered at Kent State University, Kent, OH (April 27, 2017)

Sustainability Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Public Policy (January 27, 2017) University of Tennessee – C. Warren Neel Corporate Governance Center, Knoxville, TN  (April 27, 2017)

Beginner’s Mind: The Essential Point of View for Innovation  Jean Rogers speaks on Innovation at the CAQ Tenth Anniversary Event, Washington, DC (January 30, 2017)

  • Moving Markets:  the Power of Materiality,  Speech delivered at the 1 year Anniversary of SASB as a Standard Setter, hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York City (October, 2013)  

Sustainable Development: From Changing the Environment, to Changing Behavior, speech delivered as the annual Stephan Weiss Visiting Lectureship at Parsons The New School for Design, New York City (February 27, 2007)

“If we would guide by the light of reason
we must let our minds be bold.”

– U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1932)