Modern Governance

Diligent Establishes New ESG Center of Excellence, Hires Vice President of Research and ESG

Increased investment in product development and corporate initiatives underpins Diligent's commitment to ESG in the era of stakeholder capitalism

NEW YORK - April 27, 2021 - Diligent Corporation, the global leader in SaaS governance, risk and compliance (GRC), today announced its newly established Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Center of Excellence (CoE), created to further shape and progress Diligent's ESG strategy and accelerate product innovation within the critical and rapidly-evolving space. To lead the new CoE, Diligent has hired Matt DiGuiseppe as its new Vice President of Research and ESG.

As the leader of the ESG Center of Excellence, DiGuiseppe will build and manage various ESG-related initiatives to support Diligent's 23,000 customers and one million users, amplifying Diligent's leadership position in GRC. A corporate governance and ESG specialist - most recently with State Street Global Advisors and TIAA Global Asset Management - DiGuiseppe will lead the Research department and deliver high-quality data, quantitative analysis and industry-leading research on environmental and social issues. He is responsible for developing a comprehensive process and product strategy for integrating, tracking, and reporting the ESG metrics required in the era of stakeholder capitalism.

'We are committed to building more equitable and sustainable organizations alongside of our customers. Our ESG Center of Excellence will help us to drive ESG research, product innovation, and thought leadership around this key area of focus for boards and leadership teams,' said Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent. 'As a well-respected leader on ESG, Matt will play a pivotal role in helping build a robust strategy that will enable our customers to collect, quantify, measure and meet their aggressive ESG-related goals, while guiding Diligent's efforts to do the same.'

Building upon Diligent's belief that the business community carries an important responsibility in addressing the environmental and social challenges in our world, DiGuiseppe will deliver on Diligent's recently announced ESG commitments, including the pledge to net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

About Diligent Corporation

Diligent is the largest governance, risk and compliance (GRC) SaaS provider, serving more than one million users from over 23,000 organizations around the globe. Our modern GRC platform ensures boards, executives and other leaders have a holistic, integrated view of audit, risk, information security, ethics and compliance across the organization.

Diligent brings technology, insights and confidence to leaders so they can build more effective, equitable and successful organizations. We empower 62% of the Fortune 500, 90% of the FTSE 100 and 83% of the ASX 200 to improve their bottom line, keep pace with stakeholder expectations and create lasting, positive impact on the world.