It’s normal to be wary of consultants. Will they truly add value for me or just write fancy plans that sit on the shelf? Turn every conversation into a sales pitch? Work well with our staff and other partners? Constantly nickel and dime us?

We’re serious about being different.

At FrameworkESG, we’re a next-generation consultancy helping companies establish strategic advantage by engaging new social, environmental, and economic realities proactively.

We refer to our work as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management because it’s a more complete lens than CSR, citizenship, sustainability, etc., and one aligned with business and investor metrics and priorities. We believe there’s strong evidence that business can perform better by considering its impacts, and that trust is the currency that undergirds all economies. We’re motivated by a mission to do great work for our clients that makes your business stronger, society more sustainable, and our own firm more successful. And we enjoy and find real fulfillment in our work every day, which shows in the results you receive.

Since 2003, we’ve helped dozens of leading companies position themselves for greater success by making strides on complex issues critical to their long-term growth. Many choose to build long-term partnerships with us. In fact, half of our clients have worked with us for more than three years, and some for more than a decade—a testament to the sustained quality of our team of talented, committed experts.

To learn more about working or partnering with FrameworkESG, please contact Victor Melendez, Managing Director & Chief Growth Officer.

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Why FrameworkESG?
  • Trusted advisors to leaders
    ESG advisors to CxOs, Boards of leading companies.
  • National reach, Global view
    Stamford and Seattle offices serve brands in Fortune 100, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, FTSE4Good. Strategic counsel to the US Network of the United Nations Global Compact.
  • Respected thought leaders
    Research cited by Bloomberg, Forbes.com, Harvard Business School professors and American Institute of CPAs.
  • Practicing what we preach
    A woman-owned business. Ranked #2 in 2016 on Fortune's Best Small and Medium Workplaces.
Kate Rebernak

With more than 25 years of experience as a strategic thinker, advisor, and communicator, Kate has been advising companies her entire professional life. Formerly a commercial-litigation attorney whose clients included federal financial institutions, banks, and insurance and other public companies, Kate brings together a variety of perspectives to inform her work with clients. In 2003 she founded Framework LLC. Kate directs the company’s research and leads the firm’s consulting work with clients on integrating consideration for ESG issues into corporate strategy and operations. Some of the organizations that she has advised for many years are The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, NVIDIA, Symantec, and the Global Compact Network USA.

Kate frequently speaks and writes on the value of ESG integration and the effective management of ESG issues. Her work has been published in Ethical Corporation, Green Biz, The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking, and Triple Pundit. In addition, Framework’s work culture and research have been mentioned in Harvard Business School publications, Forbes, and Bloomberg.

Kate serves on the board of directors of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and chairs the board’s nominating and governance committee. In addition, she serves on the Ethical Corporation editorial advisory board and has served as a guest lecturer at the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) Business and the Environment Consulting Clinic since 2009.

Kate holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a lifetime member of Net Impact. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband and two children.

Cecile Girard
Managing Director,
Cecile brings a wealth of corporate operational experience to Framework. She is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative Administrative Manager with more 13 years supporting teams in the real estate and technology sectors. Prior to joining Framework, Cecile was the Administrative Manager at Seaboard Properties, a real estate firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. Cecile also served as gate-keeper and personal assistant to the president and founder of the Internet Equal Educational Access Foundation, which brokers donations of corporate underutilized bandwidth to serve global research and educational institutions.Cecile is deeply passionate about enriching the lives of children through quality performing arts education. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer for over 30 years, Cecile has participated in several Arts Mentorship Programs and performance benefits, which provided dance and performing arts education to low income and at-risk youth. Cecile holds an associate’s degree in Arts and Humanities and a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. She was born in Germany and raised in Québec, Canada. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and her beloved Chihuahua, Josie.
Shalimar Azima
Operations Coordinator

Shalimar’s background includes her work in non-profits fulfilling various roles. Her passions have led her to work that include supporting school administration, recreation management, implementing community projects, varying capacities to empower and support at-risk youth, and joining AmeriCorps. Some of her interests include creative writing, supporting the arts, and trying new recipes.

Prior to joining Framework as an Operational Assistant, Shalimar served a rewarding year as an AmeriCorps Public Ally. She had the opportunity to help break the cycle of homelessness and engage in a series of leadership and organizational development trainings.

She is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration.

Tobias Buth
Senior Analyst

Toby became involved in the ESG space working on sustainability projects in-house at Annie’s Homegrown, the Natural & Organic arm of General Mills. There, he measured company performance on key sustainability indicators and performed research and benchmarking on corporate activism and environmental stewardship. Prior to that, Toby worked in water resources consulting, applying flow monitoring principles to pinpoint structural weaknesses in municipal water pipelines throughout his home state of Michigan.

At Framework, Toby supports client work related to materiality analyses, CSR reporting, and a variety of other projects. Toby is a LEED Green Associate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Eva Cozart
Senior Analyst

Before joining FrameworkESG, Eva has demonstrated her interest and commitment to sustainability through varied roles; supporting public engagement for a policy-making organization, coordinating communications for a nationally recognized non-profit, assisting the development of corporate citizenship and integrated reporting strategy at Southwest Airlines, and participating in environmental advocacy initiatives in her home state of Texas. She utilizes these experiences and skills in her role at FrameworkESG providing projects with a varied range of analytical support.

Eva holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M University.

Sun McElderry
Senior Consultant

Sun has twenty years of experience in media, content development, and corporate communications. Prior to joining Framework, Sun served as an account director in the New York and Seattle offices of Story Worldwide, a leading global custom media agency, where he helped Bank of America, UPS, and Holland America Lines, among other clients, develop award-winning publications, shareholder communications, and marketing programs.

Sun has also written, edited, and managed publishing projects for numerous magazine and book publishers, including Condé Nast and Grove/Atlantic, where he edited the 2003 New York Times nonfiction bestseller Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, which traces the roots of the modern corporate responsibility concept to the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy. His involvement with social and environmental causes includes time spent as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, volunteer teacher and mentor to migrant workers and urban youth, and producer of benefit concerts. Born in South America and raised in the Caribbean, Sun is now based in Seattle.

Faith Nicholas
Prior to joining Framework, Faith’s interest in sustainability has led her to varied positions and locations; working on food system inequality in Connecticut, guiding teenagers on wilderness trips in upstate New York, coordinating college campus environmental initiatives through Pittsburgh’s Student Conservation Association, and managing the City of Boston’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance. She utilizes these diverse experiences and skill sets in her role at Framework analyzing sustainability trends and company performance. Faith holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Environmental Studies from Skidmore College.
Cristina Tyler
Senior Consultant

Cristina has built her career studying methods that achieve organizational change in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. Her work draws from experience in investment management, environmental policy and marine science. The passion she has developed is to become knowledgeable in business strategies that embrace sustainability factors as a means of enriching the kinds of ideas that reconnect business with the changing world.Prior to joining Framework, Cristina worked as an Environmental Policy Specialist at the US Department of Energy. She holds two Master’s degrees: Sustainability Management from Columbia University and Environmental Policy from the University of Denver. Cristina was raised in a multi-cultural family. Spanish was her first language. In her travels outside the United States, she has learned to communicate in different cultures. All have added to her appreciation of the need to resolve sustainability issues through ideas manifested by a wide range of experts.

Career opportunities available

FrameworkESG is a respected consultancy that specializes in helping leading companies build trust, reduce risk, and create value by improving their environmental, social, and governance practices and performance.

We do purposeful, high-quality work in a light-hearted, no-drama culture. We are always looking to meet candidates with relevant skills who are aligned with our mission to promote sustainability and who embody our core values:

  • Committed to a better world
  • Positive and supportive
  • Pragmatic and value-focused
  • Leaders and innovators

FrameworkESG was ranked #2 on Fortune’s 50 Best Small and Medium Workplaces list in 2016 and has been certified as a Great Place to Work since 2016. For more information about our firm, please visit our Great Places to Work profile. And if you have outstanding skills to contribute as an analyst, consultant, or sales professional, we invite you to contact Cécile Girard, Managing Director, or to introduce yourself to a current employee via LinkedIn.