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ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance

Companies around the globe have stated their intentions to do more than just make a profit. ESG — or Environmental, Social and Governance — has become the unifying lens with which to evaluate these efforts. How well does a company score on ESG? But ESG involves more than just screening a company’s beliefs and actions around social and environmental factors. As firms actively strive to contribute positively to the environment, address governance practices, and support social causes, many are also working toward ESG compliance by being more open and honest about their business activities. In this series of Explore Business mini-sites, Wharton School Dean Erika James joins Wharton faculty and industry-leading experts to discuss how organizations can improve on ESG criteria and responsibly drive impact around everything from climate change to social and political issues.
Meant to be incorporated into classroom discussions and assignments, we invite high school educators and students to dig into these rich learning opportunities with the help of Wharton-powered insights and tools. Explore Business with a world leader in business education.

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Tackling the Climate Crisis

Climate change has captured the corporate spotlight. In discussing how firms are addressing their carbon emissions, experts explore how businesses should evaluate their environmental footprints, and what sound ESG policies mean for stakeholders.

Redefining Corporate Governance

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.

Humanizing ESG

The ESG “S” factor is about people and how companies impact and support them. The shout for social justice hasn’t landed on deaf ears. Executives are listening, learning, and changing longstanding practices. Explore the social landscape of ESG and how companies, data and investors are driving change.

“As a business school, we have a responsibility to provide the tools that will allow future leaders the ability to listen, talk, and learn from the experiences of others.”

— Wharton Dean Erika James