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Introduction

Investors, regulators, employees, and the public are increasingly asking companies to address social and environmental issues. Yet, precisely how to do so remains unclear.

Our course addresses that challenge. Through a combination of focused lectures and case studies, curated readings, and in-depth interviews with over 50 thought leaders, we demonstrate how to incorporate environmental, social, and governance considerations into business and investment strategy.

Location & Start Date

Online

Self-Paced

Course Launch:

November 14, 2022

Content Access: 5 months

Time Commitment: ~ 40 hours of mandatory content

Course Structure

Lectures

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.

Curating Readings

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

Written Reflections

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 with Professor Miazad, 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”).

Course Design

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.

Module 1

Articulating and Enacting Corporate Purpose 

Module 2

Redefining the Roles of Government and Business to Address Social and Environmental Challenges

Module 3

Debating the Board’s Fiduciary Duties Under the Traditional and New Corporate Forms

Module 4

Communicating with Investors on Environmental and Social Risks and Priorities 

Module 5

Governing ESG Risks and Opportunities

Module 6

Measuring and Disclosing Environmental and Social Risks and Priorities

Module 7

Valuing Employees and the Workforce

Module 8

Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Module 9

Respecting Human Rights

Module 10

Building Resilience Against Environmental Risks

Tuition & Discounts

General Tuition

$1,500

UC Berkeley Alumni*

$1,275 Save 15%

Partner Organization Members*

$1,275 Save 15%

Group Rate*

$1,275 Save 15%

Auditors*

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.

$375 Save 75%

*For all special rates (i.e. UC Berkeley alumni, partner, group, or auditor), please email esg@law.berkeley.edu for instructions to access your tuition category. To register a group, please email esg@law.berkeley.edu.

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 esg@law.berkeley.edu. 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 Type

Certificate in Sustainable Capitalism and ESG

Participants who complete all ten modules, two written reflections, and two written responses will earn a Certificate in Sustainable Capitalism and ESG from Berkeley Law Executive Education.

MCLE

16 Hours

This program has been authorized by the California State Bar to offer up to 19.75 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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Instructor

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Amelia Miazad

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).

Speakers | The ESG Beat

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Afra Afsharipour

Professor of Law at University of California, Davis School of Law

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Rick Alexander

Founder or The Shareholder Commons, Author of The Benefit Corporation Law & Governance

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Allison Bennington

Partner at PJT Partners

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Krystal Berrini

Partner at PJT Camberview

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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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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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Hilary Dessouky

General Counsel at Patagonia

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Heidi Dubois

Global Head of ESG at Edelman

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Jaren Dunning

Human Rights Director 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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Gina-Gail Fletcher

Professor of Law, Duke Law

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Kaye Foster

Board Director

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Bruce Freed

President and Co-founder, Center for Political Accountability

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Silvia M. Garrigó

Chief Sustainability Officer at Caribbean Cruise Lines

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Stavros Gadinis

Professor of Law at Berkeley Law

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John Goldstein

Head of the Sustainable Finance Group at Goldman Sachs

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Kent Greenfield

Professor of Law at Boston College Law School

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Keir Gumbs

Chief Legal Officer at Broadridge

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Jeff Hales

Professor of Accounting, University of Texas at Austin & Chair, SASB – Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

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Vanessa Havard-Williams

Partner at Linklaters LLP

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James Hawley

Head Applied Research, TruValue Labs and Professor of Economics and Business, Saint Mary’s College of California

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Alex Heath

Executive Vice President, Social Purpose at Edelman

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Lori Heinel

Executive Vice President & Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer at State Street Global Advisors

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Chris Hoofnagle

Adjunct Professor of Law, Berkeley Law & UC Berkeley School of Information Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

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Seth Jaffe

Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Levi Strauss & Co.

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Sonia Katyal

Professor of Law, Berkeley Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

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Courteney Keatinge

Director at Glass Lewis, ESG Research

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Tom Lin

Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law

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Irene Liu

Chief Legal Officer at Hopin

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Dorothy Lund

Assistant Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law

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Veronica Root Martinez

Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School

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Kilian Moote

Director, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking at Humanity United

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Melissa Murray

Professor of Law at NYU

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Faris Natour

Director & Lecturer, Human Rights & Business Initiative for the Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley

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Chris Pinney

Founding President of High Meadows Institute

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Elizabeth Pollman

Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania

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Chloe Poynton

Co-Founder & Principal at Article One Advisors

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Veena Ramani

Former Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems at CERES

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Eunice Rho

Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships, ACLU

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Bill Savitt

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Anne Sheehan

Senior Adviser at PJT Partners

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Anne Simpson

Interim Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability at CalPERS

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Steven Davidoff Solomon

Professor of Law and Faculty Director at Berkeley Center for Law and Business

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Leo Strine

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

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Gillian Tett

Chair of Editorial Board & Editor-at- Large at Financial Times, US

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Brian Tomlinson

Director of Research at CECP’s CEO Investor Forum

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Anne Tucker

Faculty Director, Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at Georgia State University College of Law

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Amy Weaver

President & Chief Financial Officer at Salesforce

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Sandy Tesch Wilkins

Director, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking at Humanity United

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Cynthia Williams

Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School

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Tim Youmans

Director at Hermes EOS

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Rupert Younger

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

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Josh Zinner

CEO at Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility

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