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CSB 2nd Annual Practice Forum: How to Assess the ROI on Sustainability for Corporate Practitioners and Investors


On Wednesday, March 13, NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business hosted its Second Annual Practice Forum, entitled “How to Assess the ROI on Sustainability for Corporate Practitioners and Investors.”

“Today, 1 in 4 dollars are in some form of ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) investing,” said Tensie Whelan, professor at NYU Stern and founding director of Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, kicking off the forum in her opening address. “85% of the companies in the S&P 500 are issuing sustainability reports.”

Sessions included an ROI Deep-Dive on a variety of topics as well as a panel with industry professionals and distinguished academics regarding ESG in corporate finance.
The daylong event also featured two fireside chats on the ROI of Sustainability between John D. Williams, CEO, Domtar, and Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Bloomberg News, and between F. William McNabb, former chairman, Vanguard, and Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief, Harvard Business Review.
F. William McNabb and Adi Ignatius

Forum participants also engaged in hands-on workshops led by CSB scholars, which provided an opportunity to work through ROI on sustainability risk mitigation, positive impacts on employees and sustainability related operational efficiencies.