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All 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. 

All ESG Governance Resources
Empty garage with a highlighted walking path in front of an IKEA.

In this business ethics case study, Swedish multinational company IKEA faced accusations relating to child labor abuses in the rug industry in Pakistan which posed a serious challenge for the company and its supply chain management goals.

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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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State and local governments’ adoption and implementation of ESG is becoming an important ethical value in jurisdictions across the country.

While nonprofits may be careful to avoid investing in areas that are directly in conflict with their missions, this view has generally not broadened to ESG investing.

Often thought of as concept more closely tied to the private sector, the public sector has both an historical and expanding role in promoting the value of ESG in its policies and decisions.

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Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Kahn accused by Facebook and Amazon CEOs of showing bias in her efforts to highlight the firms’ anticompetitive practices.

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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.

Facebook’s and Twitter’s post-by-post enforcement model inadequately defends against nuanced and coordinated incitement campaigns, such as those committed by Donald Trump leading up to and after the January 6th insurrection at the Capital.

Subramaniam Vincent and Courtney Davis ’21 of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics provide comment to Facebook’s oversight board on the ethical considerations of Donald Trump’s deplatforming.

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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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The cost of cyber-insecurity is already too high.

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By their very design, social media platforms have offered equal opportunity to sellers of “Big Lies,” conspiracy theories, and political disinformation.

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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.

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The decision to send children back in classrooms is a particularly challenging one for school superintendents, and they need our support.

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If we don’t get schools open in a format that works for everyone we will not get Silicon Valley open for business.

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Should remote tracking tools be deployed to assess the employees in the C-level suite?

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Nonprofit and corporate boards need to guide their organizations through the process of coming out of the current covid-19 pandemic.

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As companies are considering how to move forward, business leaders have an opportunity to put human welfare first.

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10 ways companies can be more attentive and responsive to people’s needs

Adam Silver

Ethical leadership is required from all of us during times of crisis.


Through their policies, the major digital platforms are adding to the power of the already powerful.

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