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ESG and Bioethics: Intersections, Opportunities and Challenges

The scope of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, or ESG, has been expanding to encompass a broad range of issues. Although diverse, many of these areas involve, at their core, crucial ethical concerns. Questions emerge concerning the roles and responsibilities of corporations and other stakeholders, as well as the short- and long-term social and environmental risks and benefits. How do these and other ethical tensions emerge in ESG, and how are they addressed? Can improvements be made, and if so, how? As a field, bioethics examines such quandaries, yet it hasn’t been directly involved in ESG efforts—until now. Our online event, ESG in Bioethics will bring together leaders from both fields to explore these important and fascinating issues, in order to discover the intersections, challenges and opportunities they present.


Steve Cohen, PhD, Senior Vice Dean, School of Professional Studies; Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Paul Washington, Executive Director, ESG Center, The Conference Board

Tracy Barba, Executive Director of the Lucas Institute of Venture Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School

Moderated by:

Robert Klitzman, M.D., Program Director, Bioethics; Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center