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Sustainable Capitalism for Directors is a condensed version of Sustainable Capitalism in Practice. It includes specific content and extracurricular programming for directors and C-suite executives and is designed to be maximally relevant for those individuals. The course features a blend of targeted lectures, case studies, curated readings, and insights from thought leaders. Of particular note are special live online sessions addressing topical issues unique to corporate board directors organized by the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance. If you help govern an organization, this course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to lead your organization into the future of sustainable capitalism.

Location & Start Date



Course Launch:

April 29, 2024

Content Access: 5 months

Time Commitment: ~ 8 hours of mandatory content

Who Should Participate

This course approaches ESG from a cross-functional perspective and explores both legal and business risks and opportunities. Participants from prior iterations include directors of corporate boards and C-suite executives.

If you do not serve on a corporate board or hold a top management position within your company, please register for our Sustainable Capitalism in Practice track.

Course Structure


All modules begin with a series of short lectures that include theoretical underpinnings for each topic and case studies of leading company practices. Module titles are found below.

Practitioner Perspectives

Most modules include interviews with thought leaders at the forefront of defining and implementing ESG. These conversations provide concrete insights into how ESG and sustainable capitalism are being debated and operationalized, and enable students to keep their finger on the pulse of this movement.

Case Studies

Module Six (The Costs of Unsustainable Practices) and Module Seven (The Opportunities of Sustainable Capitalism) feature 10 case studies highlighting real world examples of the challenges, issues, and opportunities surrounding ESG and sustainable capitalism.

Curated Readings

With new articles being published each day, it is difficult to navigate the vast literature around ESG and sustainable capitalism. In this course, we have curated some of the most important resources, which include:

  • Ground-breaking academic papers (which we have excerpted)
  • Opinion pieces and articles written by leading experts
  • Industry reports containing data on ESG trends and highlighting ESG risks and opportunities
  • Media articles that show how ESG issues are being discussed and debated in the court of public opinion

Live Office Hours

Participants can join four optional, live office hours, providing opportunities to engage in facilitated discussion and debate on course-related topics. Office hours will include participants from our Sustainable Capitalism in Practice track.

Board Sessions

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The Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance will host three live sessions featuring special guests on topical issues unique to corporate board directors. These sessions are a special feature of the Sustainable Capitalism for Directors track.

Course Modules

Below is a list of the course modules. For an overview of the course pedagogy and a more detailed description of each module, please download the ESG University: Sustainable Capitalism for Directors syllabus.

Module 1

Introduction and History of Business

Module 2

The Corporate Sustainability Movement

Module 3

Mapping the Sustainability Ecosystem: Government

Module 4

Mapping the Sustainability Ecosystem: Corporate Stakeholders

Module 5

Mapping the Sustainability Ecosystem: Civil Society

Module 6

The Costs of Unsustainable Practices

Module 7

The Opportunities of Sustainable Capitalism

Module 8

Beyond Compliance, Transparency, and ESG

Tuition & Discounts

General Tuition


UC Berkeley Alumni and Government, Nonprofit, and University Employees*

Applies to past participants of paid Berkeley Law Executive Education courses.

$1,275 Save 15%

Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance Constituents*

$1,275 Save 15%

Partner Organization Members*

$1,275 Save 15%

Group Rate*

Available for groups of three or more people from the same organization

$1,275 Save 15%

*For all special rates (i.e. UC Berkeley alumni and government, nonprofit, and university employees; Rock Center constituents; partners; or groups), please email [email protected] for instructions to access your tuition category. To register a group, please email [email protected]. All special rates are discounted off of the general tuition.

Sallie Mae Financing

If you are interested in financing this course, Sallie Mae provides competitive education loan programs for credit-qualified borrowers. For more information and to apply, visit the Sallie Mae website. If you decide to pursue such financing, please submit your application to Sallie first and then contact us at [email protected]. We will provide additional instructions on completing your registration.

Professional Development Sponsorship

If your employer provides professional development opportunities and funding, we highly recommend asking them to subsidize the cost of tuition for the course. This certificate program is an excellent professional development and networking opportunity, and your employer may be willing to cover some, or all, of the costs. You are welcome to customize this template for your purposes.

Certificates & MCLE

Certificate Type

Certificate of Completion

Participants who complete all required course elements will receive a certificate of completion from Berkeley Law Executive Education.


5 Hours

This program has been approved by the California State Bar to offer up to 5 credit hours of MCLE. Attorneys from other states will need to contact their local bar to verify their own certification requirements.


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Angeli Patel

Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business

Angeli Patel is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, she was an attorney in the Sustainability & ESG Advisory Practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in San Francisco where she advised clients on the governance of climate and social risks, and a Lecturer at Berkeley Law. Previously, Angeli was a corporate associate at Jones Day and held an advisory role at the UN Global Compact Network Australia. Angeli graduated from UC Berkeley, School of Law in 2020. While there, Angeli was the co-President of Women in Tech Law and an editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Prior to her legal career, Angeli served at the White House Office of Management and Budget under the Obama Administration and served as a policy advisor at the Ministry of Finance in the Government of Chile.

Research Associate & Course Facilitators

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Silvia Fregoni

J.S.D. Candidate ’24, Berkeley Law

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Adam Sterling

Assistant Dean at Berkeley Law

Expert Contributors

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Erin Augustine

Senior Director, Operations and Supply Chain Sustainability, Oatly

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Lloyd Carney

Independent Director, Visa Inc. and Chairman & CEO, Carney Global Ventures, LLC

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Rob Chesnut

Former Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb & Author of Intentional Integrity

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Hilary Dessouky

General Counsel at Patagonia

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Elizabeth Doty

Director, Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce, The Erb Institute, University of Michigan

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Jaren Dunning

Global Head of Human Rights at PepsiCo

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Robert Eccles

Visiting Professor of Management Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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Michelle Edkins

Managing Director at BlackRock Investment Stewardship

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Josh Faddis

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Veeva Systems Inc.

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Bruce Freed

President and Co-founder, Center for Political Accountability

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John Goldstein

Global Head of Sustainability and Impact Solutions at Goldman Sachs

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Keir Gumbs

General Counsel at Edward Jones

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Lori Heinel

Global Chief Investment Officer at State Street Global Advisors

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Stephen Johnson

Vice Chair and Chief Strategy Officer, American Airlines

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Courteney Keatinge

Senior Director at Glass Lewis & Co.

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Susan Mac Cormac

Chair of Social Enterprise + Impact Investing Group and Co-Chair of Energy + Cleantech Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Omeed Malik

President of 1789 Capital

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Esteban Mezzano

General Counsel Corporate Operations & Sustainability, Nestlé

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Amy Norris

General Counsel, Clif Bar & Company

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Kevin Self

Former Senior Vice President Strategy, Business Development & Government Affairs, Schneider Electric

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Omari Scott Simmons

Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

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Leo Strine

Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court

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Amy Weaver

President & Chief Financial Officer at Salesforce

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Rupert Younger

Director, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


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