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Sustainability Blog


  • Chris Wheat on COVID-19's impact on small businesses

    The economic hit from COVID-19 has been widespread across many businesses and families but the hit to small businesses, and particularly minority-owned small businesses, has been unprecedented. Dr. Chris Wheat, Director of Business Research for the JPMorgan Chase Institute, joins to discuss COVID-19’s effects on small businesses to date, their outlook for the months ahead, and why it matters for the economy and our eventual path to recovery.

  • Corporate Citizenship in the Global South during COVID-19: Part 1 – Africa

    Corporate Citizenship in the Global South During COVID-1: Part 1 – Africa. In Part 1 of this 4-part series, Jeff Hoffman, Institute Leader of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, speaks with Dorcas Onyango, Head of Sustainability, Southern & East Africa Business Unit, Coca-Cola, and Ruth Lewin, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Discovery Limited, to learn how their companies are navigating the pandemic and providing critical support throughout the continent.

  • How COVID-19 Might Impact Consumers’ Attitudes about Sustainability

    This blog is based on the April 22, 2020 webcast How COVID-19 Might Impact Consumers’ Attitudes about Sustainability, hosted by The Conference Board. Some responses have been edited and condensed for this format. To view the entirety of the webinar or download the presentation click here.

  • Tackling Climate Change – Can Investors and Philanthropists Work Together?

    From Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock to the Gates Foundation, leaders from the investment and philanthropic worlds are making public and bold statements about climate change. Paul Washington, head of the ESG Center, speaks with Carl Pope, former Executive Director & Chairman of the Sierra Club and Satyajit Bose, Columbia University Professor about the roles of asset managers and philanthropists in addressing climate change.

  • How can corporations best support non-profits during COVID-19?

    For the nonprofit sector, the disruption from COVID-19 has created a new set of challenges. In addition to the government response, what role should businesses play during this crisis to support charitable organizations and communities most in need? Lindsay Beltzer, Program Manager of The Conference Board’s ESG Center, chats with corporate citizenship and nonprofit leaders on how businesses and nonprofits are coming together and evolving their partnership models in the face of the pandemic.

  • Turbulent Times: Communications and Sustainability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Today, we find ourselves in one of the most disruptive periods in modern history. Public discussion about ESG has taken the backseat to surviving and getting through the COVID-19 pandemic. This podcast explores how corporate communications can support your company’s ESG initiatives, and how to use ESG to guide your company through the COVID-19 crisis response.

  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire’ with Rebecca Henderson

    Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School Professor and author discusses her new book, ‘Reimaging Capitalism in a World on Fire,’ which explores why we need to, and how we can, build a more profitable, equitable, and sustainable capitalism.

  • A Focus on Climate Change: From BlackRock’s Letter to CEOs to the Davos Manifesto

    Dottie Schindlinger from the Diligent Institute interviews with Paul Washington, Executive Director of the Environmental, Social & Governance Center at The Conference Board, about climate change, where it ranks as a priority for CEOs and Directors, and the potential impact of Larry Fink’s letter to CEOs and the Davos Manifesto on corporate disclosures and practices.

  • Coronavirus Outbreak: The CSR Response

    There are over 40,000 cases of coronavirus, concentrated in China, but the outbreak is now reaching over two dozen countries across the globe. A health crisis like this demands a government response, but what is the corporate response? Paul Washington, head of The Conference Board’s Environmental, Social and Governance Center, chats with a team of experts on how corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders worldwide are marshalling resources to respond to this health crisis.


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