Zicklin Center for Governance & Business Ethics

The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School
The Zicklin Center sponsors and disseminates leading research on critical topics in business ethics. It provides students, educators, business leaders, and policymakers with research to meet the ethical, governance, and compliance challenges that arise in complex business transactions.

Featured Research

CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability

The CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability depicts a strong and growing trend among S&P 500 companies that are placing restrictions on political spending, devising clear policies to govern such spending, and enhancing board oversight of public company engagement in the political process.

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When Are Organizations Punished for Organizational Misconduct? A Review and Research Agenda

Wharton Professors Mary-Hunter “Mae” McDonnell and Samir Nurmohamed review sociological and macro-organizational work that suggests punitive severity can vary with three key attributes of the organization: status, reputation, and embedded ties.

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Faculty Leadership

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WILLIAM S. LAUFER

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

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MARY HUNTER (MAE) MCDONNELL

Associate Professor of Management
Faculty Co-Director, Zicklin Center for Governance and Business Ethics

A Brief History 

Recognizing the emerging needs of its students and society at large, Wharton unified several centers, each with an extensive history of expertise in environmental, social, and governance topics, to form the ESG Initiative on July 1, 2022. The Zicklin Center brings 25 years of leading-edge research on critical topics in business, including ethical, governance, and compliance challenges.

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