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CSR/ESG From Risk to Reward

The Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Executive Education course details all the core elements of effective programming in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) space: finance and operation issues, environmental stability, reporting and rating, diversity equity and inclusion, supply chain management, corporate philanthropy, employee engagement, and public private partnerships. The course goes beyond what to do, and details how to do it, and how to determine metrics for performance and sustainability.

Join us for a pre-registration webinar for prospective students on January 25 at 3pm EST, where course instructors will share a briefing on the course content and answer questions. To attend the webinar, register here.

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  April 29 - May 1, 2024  
Time: (EST)
Varies by Day
Application deadline:
April 1
Columbia University
Payment deadline: 
April 12
Certificate of Participation:
CSR/ESG From Risk to Reward

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for corporate leaders in fields like Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Resources, Government Relations, Legal Affairs, operations, and management.

Admissions Criteria and Process

Interested Applicants should apply for the course.

Professional Benefits

Course participants who successfully complete the course obtain a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social, and Governance, and leave the course equipped with an understanding of how to effectively plan and execute exemplary performance in the CSR/ESG space. In addition, the program gives participants an opportunity to expand their professional networks working with subject matter experts who are true leaders in the field.


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Learning Objectives

The objective of the course is to equip corporate leaders with knowledge of the diverse and expansive elements of successful CSR/ESG activities, and an understanding of not only of what to do, but how to do it, and how to achieve successful and sustainable results.

Key Topics/Areas of Concentration

  • Historical context/ current status and potential future outcomes
  • Operational goals and objectives and how to implement them in a corporate organization
  • Financial impact and implication for success tied to bottom line outcomes
  • Employee engagement to achieve measurable outcomes
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion and its impact on performance
  • Reporting and ranking systems and how to manage them effectively
  • Public private partnerships and collaboration activities with government, not for profits and corporations
  • Environmental performance and how to achieve success
  • Building effective partnerships internally and externally to achieve maximum impact
  • Next steps to build performance into the future

Program Format

Over a three-day period at Columbia University, course participants will receive and obtain knowledge of the core elements of successful work in CSR/ESG and hear from the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners and leaders in the field. Professor Litow, who leads the course and has extensive experience in the field, will detail the most relevant and important content, the key practitioners and leaders in the field will add nuanced discussions and insights, and there will be opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and acumen.

Special Program Features 

– Case Studies
– Executive coaching
– Access to faculty

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  April 29, 2024  
  10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
  April 30, 2024  
  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
  May 1, 2024  
  9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Program Instructors

The CSR/ESG From Risk to Reward program is taught by world-renowned academics, researchers, and practitioners from Columbia University, the United Nations Global Compact, and IBM, among others. The program offers an opportunity for participants to expand their professional networks working with leading experts from corporations, academic and government institutions, foundations, and international agencies from around the world.

Stanley S Litow headshot

Professor Stanley S Litow is a Program Director, an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Utaukwa Allen headshot

Utaukwa Allen, PhD, JD, SVP, ESG & Sustainability, ADA Infrastructure
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Wayne Balta headshot

Wayne Balta is a Chief Sustainability Officer at IBM


Karima Bryant headshot

Karima Bryant is a Chief Diversity Officer at Kyndryl


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Marta Cali, United Nations Global Compact


JJ Johnson headshot

JJ Johnson is a Chief Sustainability Officer at Fidelity


Malia Lazu headshot

Malia Lazu is a lecturer in the TIES Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management and former Chief Diversity Officer at Berkshire Bank
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Roseann Lynch headshot

Roseann Lynch is an Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ralph Lauren
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Meaghan Muldon headshot

Meaghan Muldoon is a Chief Sustainability Officer at BNY Mellon

Maura Pally headshot

Maura Pally is an Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation; former Executive Vice President Clinton Foundation; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies
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Megan Starr headshot

Megan Starr is a Partner and the Global Head of Impact, Carlyle Corp
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Gina Tesla, Vice President, Sustainability, Social Impact & DEI, Coupa

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Laura McCreedy
Manager of Executive Education
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