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