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University of Pennsylvania

The Materiality of ESG Factors

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera Specialization


This specialization will provide learners with the fundamentals and history of ESG investing, and a close examination of the set of investment approaches that are informed by environmental, social and, governance factors. You'll about the five pathways of materiality, and how those interplay with or against ESG performance. You'll review the concepts of positive and negative screening and identify the ESG factors that cause investors to divest from or negatively screen certain assets. Next, you'll review private environmental governance, the active role that private companies are playing in combating climate change, and the parallels between the public and private sectors. Lastly, you'll evaluate the effectiveness of corporate authenticity and the impacts of politics when building corporate ESG policy, and the importance of creating independent Directors to maintain neutrality and protect stakeholder interests. By the end of this specialization, you will know the best practices for creating a solid risk management plan, analyzed the complex indexing and measurement techniques employed in the ESG space, examined climate disclosures and implementation of climate solutions, and how social activism affects the corporate world in the 21st century.


Course 1: ESG Risks and Opportunities
- Offered by University of Pennsylvania. In this course, you will explore the foundations upon which modern-day ESG was built, how market ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: ESG Impact: Investor Perspective
- Offered by University of Pennsylvania. In this course, you will analyze the importance of assessing stakeholder interest or salience in ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: ESG and Climate Change
- Offered by University of Pennsylvania. In this course, you will focus on understanding climate change and the risks and opportunities that ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: ESG and Social Activism
- Offered by University of Pennsylvania. In this course, you will get an overview of the impact of contemporary ESG ratings and how a company ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Christopher Geczy, Mary-Hunter McDonnell, Sarah Light and Witold Henisz


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