UVA Darden Hosts Annual Conference on Corporate Sustainability
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business will welcome more than 100 leading academic thinkers beginning today as it hosts the annual conference of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).
The event, now in its 15th year, brings together a wide variety of scholars and industry experts to discuss new research on corporate sustainability. Darden was a founding member of the organization, which now includes more than 25 top global business schools, and the inaugural host of the event.
“The conversations and research around corporate sustainability have changed dramatically since the founding of the Alliance in 2009,” said Darden Professor Mike Lenox, a member of the founding ARCS team and president emeritus of the organization. “This year’s conference features leading scholars and practitioners shedding light on a diverse array of important topics including ESG scoring, U.S. technology policy, and corporate political activism.”
Held at UVA Darden DC Metro, the conference opens with a Ph.D. student workshop for emerging scholarship.
Subsequent days will feature sessions devoted to a range of new papers on topics such as the effect of pollution on corporate philanthropy, unpacking corporate decarbonization strategies, the economic impact of ESG ratings, managing conflicting stakeholders amid industry disruption, and many others.
In total, participants will discuss nearly 40 new pieces of research, with sessions chaired by several Darden professors, including Lenox, Dennie Kim, Toni Irving, Vidya Mani, Dwai Roy, Mary Margaret Frank, Young Hou and Carolyn Miles.
A plenary conversation on the challenges faced by chief sustainability officers features Lenox with Duke Energy’s Katherine Neebe (MBA ’04) and Tina Jeffress of Panasonic. Additionally, Professor Ed Freeman is the featured speaker in a plenary discussion entitled “Toward a Global Stakeholder Capitalism.”
In 2022, Darden launched its own sustainability goals, committing to action in internal operations while keeping sustainability at the center of the Darden curriculum and forming a new sustainability council.
In February, Financial Times named Darden the No. 1 business school worldwide in the category of Carbon Footprint.
Learn more about the ARCS Annual Research Conference
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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