Location & Start Date
Content Access: 5 months
Time Commitment: ~ 40 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. Past participants include C-suite executives and other professionals from different disciplines including law, investor relations (IR), public affairs and policy, media, and communications.
Each module begins with a lecture that includes theoretical underpinnings for each topic and case studies of leading company practices. Module descriptions are found below.
ESG Beat Insights
Through The ESG Beat, our interview series, we introduce thought leaders on 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. Our experts include investors, board members, corporate executives, corporate counsel and general counsel, former judges, the media, academics, and leading NGOs and nonprofits.
With new articles being published each day, it is difficult to navigate the vast literature on Sustainable Capitalism and ESG. 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 our guests on The ESG Beat and other 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
To provide participants with the opportunity to engage in the discussion and debate, we assign written reflections and responses throughout the course. The reflections should take roughly 30 minutes. Responses should take roughly 20 minutes.
Live Office Hours and Networking Sessions
We will host four optional, live office hours, providing participants with the opportunity to ask questions and bring up topics for discussion. These live office hours are typically held on Thursdays at 9:00 am PT (exact dates to be shared with the cohort). In addition, we will host four networking sessions (two of which will focus on “Careers in ESG”).
Below is a list of the course modules. For a detailed overview of the learning outcomes, format, course design, and modules, please download the Sustainable Capitalism and ESG course syllabus.
Articulating and Enacting Corporate Purpose
Redefining the Roles of Government and Business to Address Social and Environmental Challenges
Debating the Board’s Fiduciary Duties Under the Traditional and New Corporate Forms
Communicating with Investors on Environmental and Social Risks and Priorities
Governing ESG Risks and Opportunities
Measuring and Disclosing Environmental and Social Risks and Priorities
Valuing Employees and the Workforce
Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Respecting Human Rights
Building Resilience Against Environmental Risks
Tuition & Discounts
UC Berkeley Alumni*
Partner Organization Members*
This rate is only available to past program participants who earned a Sustainable Capitalism & ESG certificate and want to stay up to date on ESG. Includes access to course materials and live discussion forums only.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Sustainable Capitalism & ESG. 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 in Sustainable Capitalism and ESG
This course is a masterful top-to-bottom review of ESG, ranging from the underlying theory and history to the latest in reporting frameworks and board governance. Given its breadth, it provides a solid introduction for newcomers, but also offers enough depth for ESG experts.
This course offers an accelerated way to learn about the most important business trends of our lifetime. ESG will be central to our future, and this course is a great way to learn about key concepts from some of the most influential thought leaders in the space.
Founding Director, Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law
Professor Miazad is widely recognized as an expert in ESG. She teaches courses at the intersection of sustainability, corporate governance, and compliance. Her recent publications explore sustainability and ESG as a process for overseeing risk and a powerful tool for transforming corporate culture. Professor Miazad’s curriculum and scholarship rely on input from experts who are implementing environmental and social considerations into their business practices. This pedagogical approach, which blends theory and practice, is reflected in the design of this course.
Her recent publications explore sustainability and ESG as a process for overseeing risk and a powerful tool for transforming corporate culture and include: The Hidden Power of Compliance (Minnesota Law Review, 2019), Sex, Power, and Corporate Governance (UC Davis Law Review, 2021), and Corporate Law and Social Risk (Vanderbilt Law Review, 2020). Prosocial Antitrust (Hastings Law Journal, 2021).
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.
Assistant Dean at Berkeley Law
Adam Sterling is the Assistant Dean for Executive Education and Revenue Generation at Berkeley Law. In addition to his administrative duties, Adam teaches courses and oversees research on topics including venture finance, corporate governance, and ESG.
Speakers | The ESG Beat
Professor of Law at University of California, Davis School of Law
Founder or The Shareholder Commons, Author of The Benefit Corporation Law & Governance
Partner at PJT Partners
Partner at PJT Camberview
Independent Director, Visa Inc. and Chairman & CEO, Carney Global Ventures, LLC
Former Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb & Author of Intentional Integrity
Susan Mac Cormac
Chair of Social Enterprise + Impact Investing Group and Co-Chair of Energy + Cleantech Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP
General Counsel at Patagonia
Global Head of ESG at Edelman
Human Rights Director at PepsiCo
Visiting Professor of Management Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Managing Director at BlackRock Investment Stewardship
Professor of Law, Duke Law
President and Co-founder, Center for Political Accountability
Silvia M. Garrigó
Faculty at University of Miami Herbert Business School University of Miami Herbert Business School Life
Professor of Law at Berkeley Law
Head of the Sustainable Finance Group at Goldman Sachs
Professor of Law at Boston College Law School
Chief Legal Officer at Broadridge
Professor of Accounting, University of Texas at Austin & Chair, SASB – Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Partner at Linklaters LLP
Head Applied Research, TruValue Labs and Professor of Economics and Business, Saint Mary’s College of California
Executive Vice President, Social Purpose at Edelman
Executive Vice President & Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer at State Street Global Advisors
Adjunct Professor of Law, Berkeley Law & UC Berkeley School of Information Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Levi Strauss & Co.
Professor of Law, Berkeley Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Director at Glass Lewis, ESG Research
Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law
Assistant Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law
Veronica Root Martinez
Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School
Director, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking at Humanity United
Professor of Law at NYU
Director & Lecturer, Human Rights & Business Initiative for the Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley
Founding President of High Meadows Institute
Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania
Co-Founder & Principal at Article One Advisors
Former Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems at CERES
Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships, ACLU
Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Senior Adviser at PJT Partners
Interim Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability at CalPERS
Steven Davidoff Solomon
Professor of Law and Faculty Director at Berkeley Center for Law and Business
Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court
Chair of Editorial Board & Editor-at- Large at Financial Times, US
Director of Research at CECP’s CEO Investor Forum
Faculty Director, Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at Georgia State University College of Law
President & Chief Financial Officer at Salesforce
Sandy Tesch Wilkins
Director, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking at Humanity United
Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School
Director at Hermes EOS
Director, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
CEO at Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility
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