Bringing Sustainable Practices to Corporate Culture and Governance

Stanford Continuing Studies

Stanford Continuing Studies

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Every choice we make—from the coffee beans we buy to the automobiles we drive—carries an implicit message about the corporate and societal practices we endorse or reject. Historically, corporate governance has focused primarily on profitability and shareholder value. But in recent years, sustainability—also known as ESG (referring to environmental, social justice, and governance considerations)—has become increasingly important to both consumers and investors. As issues like climate change and social justice have become central concerns, providing effective corporate leadership and governance requires new skills and insights whether you are a board member, CEO, or manager. This workshop offers an overview of sustainability and its relationship to corporate culture, governance, and risk management. We will see how a sustainability strategy for an oil company may be far different from one for a healthcare or consumer products company, even though they may share common denominators. We will also learn how institutional investors are pushing for governance reforms that include addressing issues like labor practices in offshore factories and increasing diversity on boards of directors. Through presentations and roundtable exchange, students will identify a set of tools that will help them better understand their evolving roles in company leadership and implement necessary changes as sustainability enters the corporate governance lexicon.

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Marsha Vande Berg

Dr. Vande Berg is an experienced executive, corporate director and adviser working in global governance; international relationships and macro political-economic analysis & ESG. She serves as independent, non-executive director and is audit committee qualified. Her non-profit board service is...

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