Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group (“Cornerstone”). Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy.
Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group (“Cornerstone”). Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. The firm serves investors who want to align their investments with their mission or values, without sacrificing targeted financial returns. Cornerstone’s client base includes individuals, family offices, foundations, and endowments.
Karp is one of the industry’s pioneers in terms of environmental, social and governance analysis and sustainable investing. She presents and writes extensively on topics including sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Karp speaks at venues around the world including the UN Global Compact, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Clinton Global Initiative, the Wharton School, the NYSE, the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD), the Aspen Institute, the White House, and many other forums.
Prior to launching Cornerstone in the summer of 2013, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank. She chaired the Global Investment Review Committee, served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee, and served on the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.
Karp is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. She served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches initiative, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and as a member of the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability.
Karp’s work has been featured in leading financial by Bloomberg Businessweek, Barron’s, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. She has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100;” one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street;” StartOut award for Entrepreneurial Leadership; "Real Leaders 100;" and one of the Conscious Company’s 35 World-Changing Women in Business, 2019.
Erika holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.