An expansion of the Tarnopol Dean’s Lecture Series, Beyond Business is an ongoing conversation that explores the most complex and pressing issues impacting individuals and organizations across the world.

2021 Discussions

In recent years, companies around the globe have stated their intentions to do more than just make a profit, and ESG — or Environmental, Social, and Governance — has become the unifying lens with which to evaluate efforts. As firms actively strive to contribute positively to the environment, address governance discrepancies, and support social causes, many are also working towards ESG compliance by committing to greater transparency in reporting and investing. In this year’s three-part Beyond Business series, Dean Erika James joined esteemed Wharton faculty and industry-leading experts to discuss how organizations can improve on these criteria and responsibly drive impact.


Previously on LinkedIn Live

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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“As companies look to establish and amplify their roles as global corporate citizens, it’s important to coalesce around a shared set of foundational criteria to measure impact. Through our ‘Beyond Business’ series and this year’s focus on ESG, I’m delighted to convene our esteemed faculty, alumni, and distinguished thought leaders for a discussion on how we can support the burgeoning commitments companies are making to environmental and social causes.”

Dean Erika James