The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School


Have the Anticapitalists Reached Harvard Business School?

Outlet: New York Times
Vit Henisz on developing new courses and concentrations in ESG factors for business. 

At Harvard Business School, inside a seminar room with a smattering of button-down shirts and puffy fall jackets, a group of future corporate managers were talking about capitalism. What makes capitalism truly and purely capitalism? What are its essential components? Property rights. Financial markets.

“Maybe this is almost so foundational that it’s too much to put on the board — but scarcity?” said Andrew Gibbs, 32, a second-year student who came to Harvard by way of the military. “Would it be capitalism if people were comfortable?”