Industry Engagement

The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

Informing strategies, models, policies, and regulations for practice and policy through socially-responsible partnerships and programs.

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Partnership Opportunities 

The ESG Initiative partners with corporate, non-profit, and public organizations in four ways

The ESG Initiative partners with corporate, non-profit, and public organizations in four ways, focusing on research, curricular, co-curricular, and policy engagement.

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Professional Development

The Materiality of ESG Factors Specialization

Using insight and expertise from four esteemed Wharton faculty, Wharton Online’s Materiality of ESG Specialization is designed to provide learners with the fundamentals and history of ESG investing, and a close examination of the set of investment approaches that are informed by environmental, social, and governance factors.

Beyond Business

Beyond Business is an ongoing conversation that explores the most complex and pressing issues impacting individuals and organizations across the world. In 2021, Dean Erika James joined esteemed Wharton faculty and industry-leading experts to discuss how firms can actively strive to contribute positively to the environment, address governance discrepancies, and support social causes.

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2021 Beyond Business Discussions

October 20, 2021

4:30–5:30 p.m. EDT

Tackling the Climate Crisis

What Can Companies and Policymakers Do To Drive Impact?

How should businesses evaluate their environmental footprint? Learn about the influence of environmental criteria on a company’s energy use, waste, pollution, natural resource conservation, and treatment of animals.

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November 16, 2021

4:30–5:30 p.m. EST

Redefining Corporate Governance

Establishing Essentials for the New Business Era

Board governance is one of the most challenging issues for firms to manage, and social injustice, civil unrest, and the global pandemic have only added complications. Hear experts discuss which issues to address and how investors should interpret success.

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December 7, 2021

4:30–5:30 p.m. EST

Humanizing ESG

Why Diversity, Wage Inequality, and Workers’ Rights Deserve Our Attention

The COVID crisis has further emphasized the inequalities between different professions, classes, racial groups, and nationalities. Join us as we re-evaluate how the industry can minimize harm and be a positive force in addressing these challenges.

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