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ESG Governance Resources


Governance standards are articulated in current laws, but the compliance with those regulations and laws is uneven. Thus, more corporations are taking a more holistic approach, describing good governance in terms that embrace both ethical and legal aims, considering the role that culture plays in creating healthy workplace environments and the role governance plays in culture formation and leadership. Browse a selection of governance related resources, events, articles, cases, and commentary from Ethics Center faculty, staff, and students. 

Featured Governance Resources
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ESG investing is impacting how businesses operate, however, critics argue that ESG funds financially underperform and do not seem to deliver better ESG performance.

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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.

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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As new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing and blockchain become mainstream, and their practical uses more pervasive, myriad new business opportunities will be created.

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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.

Toxic Workplace

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

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


A Markkula Center-designed process for assessing culture in the workplace.

CS Park

The following is an edited transcript of a conversation between Ann Skeet, Senior Director of Leadership Ethics, and C.S. Park, Seagate’s lead independent director at the time, about the key learnings from Seagate’s ethical culture assessment, as well as the strong potential for ethical culture assessments to help companies across Silicon Valley.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Case study explores Kevin Johnson's response to an incident where two African Americans were asked to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks.

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The ethical lapses CEOs make in their personal lives link directly to declines in shareholder value.

Evan Spiegel

Three examples of CEOs whose leadership of their firm has been called into question over matters of their personal integrity and behavior.

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

How leaders should deal with conflicts of interest.

Cybersecurity ethics panel

The privacy implications of bringing Internet of Things devices into the home.

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