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Caroline Flammer

Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Climate

Caroline_Flammer

International Affairs Building, Room 1429


  

Personal Details

Focus areas: climate change, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, ESG, impact investing, innovation, strategy, sustainable finance

Caroline Flammer is a Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Climate at Columbia University with joint appointments at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Climate School. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Caroline is an expert in sustainable investing and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Her research examines whether and how sustainable finance and impact investing can help finance a more sustainable world. Moreover, her research examines how, and under which conditions, firms can incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into their activities to enhance their competitiveness while strengthening—instead of undermining—the very system in which they operate and hereby play a critical role in addressing climate change, inequality, global health, and other grand challenges related to society and the natural environment. The Web of Science ranked her among the top-100 Highly Cited Researchers in the economics and business profession in terms of impact over the past 10 years. At Columbia, she teaches the graduate courses "Social Impact: Business, Society, and the Natural Environment" and "Sustainable Finance II: System-level Investing". Furthermore, she serves as the Director of SIPA's new Sustainable Investing Research Initiative (SIRI) which aims to foster scholarship, education, and dialogue on the interplay and interdependencies between investment and major challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, and social inequalities. Among other roles, Caroline serves as the President of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), a global multi-disciplinary network of scholars fostering rigorous academic research on corporate sustainability, and as the Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the largest network of responsible investors to date. She is an Associate Editor for both Management Science and the Strategic Management Journal. For further information: http://www.columbia.edu/~cf2870/.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of St. Gallen

Honors and Awards

  • Named by the Web of Science among the top-100 Highly Cited Researchers in Economics and Business over the last decade (2020)
  • Climate Risk and Sustainable Finance Research Grant, GRI Global Risk Institute (PI: Flammer; grant period: July 2020 – 2022; $75,120)
  • Dean’s Research Scholar, Boston University Questrom School of Business (2020)
  • Responsible Research in Management Award (2020)
  • Organizations and the Natural Environment-Network for Business Sustainability (ONE-NBS) Research Impact on Practice Award, ONE Division of the Academy of Management (2020, Honorable Mention) 
  • Questrom Award for Institutional Leadership, Boston University Questrom School of Business (2019)
  • Dean’s Research Scholar, Boston University Questrom School of Business (2018)
  • Slatkin Family Research Fund Award, Boston University Questrom School of Business (2018)
  • Sustainable Finance Geneva Innovation Award, Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance (2018)
  • PGGM Sustainable Asset Pricing and Impact Paper Award (2018)
  • Outstanding Strategic Management Journal Editorial Board Member (Strategic Management Journal, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Sustainable and Responsible Investing, UC Berkeley (2017)
  • Fiegenbaum Best Paper Award, Israel Strategy Conference (2017)
  • Distinguished Paper Award, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division of the Academy of Management (2017)
  • Investment for Impact Research Prize for outstanding research pertaining to the social impact of capital, UC Berkeley (2017, Second Prize)
  • Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute Research Award (2017, Honorable Mention)
  • Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute Research Award (2016)
  • Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Sustainable and Responsible Investing, UC Berkeley (2016, Honorable Mention)
  • Organizations and the Natural Environment-Network for Business Sustainability (ONE-NBS) Research Impact on Practice Award, ONE Division of the Academy of Management (2016, Honorable Mention) 
  • Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) Sustainability Scholar Award (2015)
  • French Responsible Investment Forum - Principles for Responsible Investment (FIR-PRI) Award for Best Published Paper in Finance and Sustainability (2015)
  • Ivey Emerging Leaders Award, Ivey Business School (2015)
  • MBA ’80 Faculty Fellowship, Ivey Business School (2015 – 2016)
  • Glueck Best Paper Award, STR (formerly BPS) Division, Academy of Management (2014)
  • Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Sustainable and Responsible Investing, UC Berkeley (2013)
  • Page Prize Award for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula (2013, Honorable Mention)
  • Research Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2007, $36,500)

Research And Publications

In The Media

Climate & Sustainable Development

Professor Caroline Flammer, an expert on sustainable finance and competitive strategy, will lead the new effort.

Jun 22 2022
Climate & Sustainable Development

Launched in 2009, ARCS is a partnership among academic institutions that provides data and networking opportunities to facilitate research.

May 02 2022