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ESG: Promising Framework or Problematic Idea?

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The Marymount University Center for Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility invites submissions for a conference on “ESG: Promising Framework or Problematic Idea?”

April 21, 2023
The conference will provide a 45-minute slot for each paper (30 minutes for presentation, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A).

Keynote speaker: Professor Brian Berkey, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

ESG, or Environmental-Social-Governance, has been framed as a responsible approach to investing and corporate management. A key claim is that ESG promotes good corporate conduct and higher profits; in other words, it is good for society and good for business. ESG has gained more and more traction in the business world, but it has also drawn criticism. Progressive critics accuse ESG investment funds and companies of making exaggerated claims and “greenwashing,” while conservatives in state governments have banned public pension funds from participating in ESG investing and condemned ESG as “woke capitalism.” The Securities and Exchange Commission has worked to more strictly scrutinize and regulate ESG and ESG-related issues.

A link to the full call for submissions can be found here: