Organizations and Environmental Sustainability Conference

Humankind faces a number of daunting challenges in order to attain planetary environmental sustainability. Organizations of all forms, including private firms, government agencies, academic institutions, and civil society actors, will play a central role in bringing about the needed transformations.

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.

Participants of this conference will discuss fundamental scholarship on organizations and their role in creating a sustainable future. This scholarship could also include research on knowledge and resources that organizations will need to meet the challenges posed by climate change. We invite paper submissions that draw from diverse academic disciplines and/or from interdisciplinary research teams.


February 8-9, 2024


Stanford Graduate School of Business


February 8, 2024 from 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
February 9, 2024 from 8:30 am - 4:20 pm

Full Conference Agenda

Stanford Initiative on Business & Environmental Sustainability: Podcast

Listen as professor William P. Barnett and Stanford student Charlotte Kramer host a discussion with Dror Etzion, the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont, and Tarun Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard University, to discuss the takeaways from this conference.

Conference Organizers

Image William Barnett
Chair, Division of Environmental Social Science, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Image of Dror Etzion
Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business, University of Vermont
Image Tarun Khanna
Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor
Director, Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University