Finance and Environmental Sustainability Conference

Meeting the major sustainability goals that have been put forward will require substantial levels of new investment and significant changes in how capital is allocated in economies across the globe.

About the Sustainability Research Conference Series

The Stanford Initiative on Business and Environmental Sustainability Research Conference Series is hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

In this conference, we explored the roles that corporations, financial markets, and innovations in finance might play in meeting sustainability challenges, including:

  • How to ensure that sufficient capital is raised and allocated in ways consistent with sustainability goals
  • Which corporate governance practices and government policies might have deterred such investments in the past
  • Whether activities by corporations and in financial markets might undermine sustainability goals (and if so, how governance and policies might correct these)
  • How to measure sustainability goals, including but not limited to the benefits and pitfalls of ESG measures


Friday, November 11, 2022: 12:30pm–8:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 2022: 8:00am–5:10pm

Full Conference Agenda

Stanford Initiative on Business & Environmental Sustainability: Podcast

Listen as Professor William P. Barnett and Stanford student Ingrid Ackermann host a discussion with faculty member Amit Seru to discuss the takeaways from this conference.

Conference Organizers

Amit Seru

The Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs