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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

ESG Leadership Resources for Social Issues


The following materials help organizations and leaders understand how to manage ESG (environmental, social, governance) considerations within the corporate and business environment.

Resources for Leaders Managing Corporate Culture

A collection of articles sharing research and practical approaches to addressing the ethical challenges inherent in creating diverse, anti-racist, inclusive organizations.  We help managers understand what they need to do to create the kind of culture built on values, void of toxicity, and viable for the diversity represented in today's workforce.

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Navigate here to Diversity Dialogues

Diversity and inclusion problems in organizations are solvable if the issues are considered as ethical dilemmas. Explore resources on diversity and inclusion.

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Navigate here to The Practice of Ethical Leadership

A model for exploring an ethical leadership practice.

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Navigate here to Defining Healthy Organizational Culture

Using research that defines mental health in human beings, we can develop a definition of healthy organizational culture.

Navigate here to Create an Ethical Decision Making Framework for Your Organization

A mission statement serves as a standard for ethical decision-making to guide individuals and organizations.

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Navigate here to Culture Self-Assessment Practice

Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

Resources on ESG's Social Frame for Businesses and Leaders
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Six methods for leading an organization to achieve ethical outcomes by making decisions with the consideration of others, meaning various stakeholders, in mind.

How to build healthy organizations

Direction for the development of the workplace virtue known as cultural humility, defining employee experience, and identifying competencies that can be used to cultivate skills in the workforce with suggestions about how these can be woven into the intentional management and integration of corporate culture.

Rises in the gap between c-suite executive and frontline worker pay have grown exponentially, while the rest of the world is suffering through a pandemic.

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We, as individuals, require humility, kindness, and action to achieve any semblance of solidarity with those facing hate.

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Businesses that serve consumers and other businesses simultaneously often involve conflicted interests, and require regulation to reconcile these conflicts.

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The Partnership on AI, in collaboration with Markkula Center for Applied Ethics staff, has published a paper offering a framework for workforce well-being in the age of artificial intelligence.

Insights on developing a diverse and inclusive workplace from the Diversity Dialogues series at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

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Leadership from all of us can move us forward now when traditional leadership is failing us.

Toxic Workplace

Shareholders must ensure that management builds employee morale and a company’s value.

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As start-up companies gain traction, it’s important that their leadership has guardrails in place to ensure they grow responsibly.

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The role of American leaders responding to mass shootings.

CEOs need to consider who they’re representing prior to commenting on political or social issues.

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Men can play an important role in supporting women in today’s post-#Metoo workplace.

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What did Urban Meyer know and when did he know it?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick told CBS he’ll stand during the national anthem if given chance to play football in NFL again. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Subtleties in institutional and personal leadership choices.

Ethics is fundamental to genuine leaders -- the ones we want to follow, as opposed to those who are paid the most.