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Ripple Effect Podcast

Breaking down the “why” behind Wharton faculty research and what it means to you.

Climate Crisis: Why Climate Risk Is Financial Risk | Witold Henisz

Witold Henisz, vice dean and faculty director of Wharton’s ESG Initiative, has been leading research on environmental, social, and governance factors long before ESG became a trending topic. In this podcast, he explains the importance of making the business case for ESG and addressing climate change and why it’s so difficult to put hard science behind the numbers.

Climate Crisis: Why Is Greenwashing So Concerning? | Sarah Light

How can regulators stop the deceptive practice of greenwashing without violating firms’ right to free speech? Wharton professor Sarah E. Light explains why this question is so difficult to resolve and what legal steps are being taken to protect the public from false and misleading environmental claims.

Climate Crisis: Who Does Climate Change Hit the Hardest? | Susanna Berkouwer

Research from Wharton’s Susanna Berkouwer is helping economists and policymakers better understand the impact that climate change has on the poor across the world. In this conversation, they explain why low-income populations are so vulnerable to the climate crisis and what can be done to improve their future.

Climate Crisis: Who Is Responsible for the Planet? | Brian Berkey

With time running short to stop catastrophic climate change, there is a moral and ethical imperative for companies and consumers to act now, according to Wharton professor Brian Berkey. In this conversation, he describes why decision-making must change in order to save the planet.

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Every day, business scholars answer pressing questions in their research — but what do their insights mean for you? In this podcast, Wharton faculty dive into what inspired their studies and how their findings resonate with the world today. Learn how research insights translate into knowledge you can use, with host Dan Loney.