About the ESG Initiative

Inspired by the intersection of market demand and faculty expertise, Wharton launched the
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative in July 2022.

The mission of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative is, consistent with the vision of Joseph Wharton, to harness the power of business to “solve the social problems incident to our civilization.” We will do this by conducting research that investigates the intersection of ESG factors and business and by further advancing our best-in-class education of current and future practitioners, enabling them to serve a world undergoing tremendous change.

WITOLD (VIT) HENISZ
Vice Dean and Faculty Director, ESG Initiative, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management

Research

We conduct academically rigorous and practically relevant research that investigates when, where, and how ESG factors impact business value.

Education

Informed by research, we design cutting-edge curricular and co-curricular programs and interactive simulations for current and future business leaders.

Practice & Policy

Drawing on our research, alumni, and partners, our work informs ESG strategies, valuation models, policies, and regulations.

 Faculty Leadership

ARTHUR VAN BENTHEM
Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Faculty Co-Director of the Climate Center

EXEQUIEL (ZEKE) HERNANDEZ
Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor, Faculty Co-Director of the Political Risk and Identity Lab

KATHERINE KLEIN
Edward H. Bowman Professor, Professor of Management, Faculty Director of the Impact Investing Research Lab

SARAH E. LIGHT
Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Faculty Co-Director of the Climate Center

WILLIAM S. LAUFER
Julian Aresty Endowed Professor, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Sociology, and Criminology, and Faculty Co-Director of the Zicklin Center for Governance and Business Ethics

MARY-HUNTER (MAE) MCDONNELL
Associate Professor of Management, Faculty Co-Director of the Zicklin Center for Governance and Business Ethics

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