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Sustainable Finance & ESG

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We are unpacking and addressing the challenges of integrating human and environmental sustainability concerns into financial markets.

Through our applied research and multidimensional collaborations, we’re engaging with the prominent question of how our financial system accounts for (and protects) the numerous services provided to us by our environment.

Programs and Research

Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance

The Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF) aims to produce fresh thinking and cutting-edge research on the challenges of integrating sustainability concerns into financial markets and investment decisions.

YISF functions as a knowledge hub and provides space for intellectual exchange among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.

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Defining ESG

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) refers to the criteria that investors use to assess risks and opportunities relating to a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and corporate governance.

As part of our Beyond the Buzzwords initiative with Tsai CITY, Yale lecturer and CBEY faculty co-director Todd Cort helps explain this term.

ESG on Beyond the Buzzwords

Also, check out this video where he talks about the challenges of ESG reporting.

Related Reports

Mentorship Opportunities


CBEY staff, Fellows and Visiting Mentors are available for office hours or one-on-one coaching sessions about your career path, innovative idea, coursework, and beyond.

Reach out and connect with them!

Alumni Visiting Mentors

Donovan Ervin

Vice President, Investment Group at Tiedemann Advisors
MBA 2020
Master of Environmental Management 2020

Dominick Grant

Director of Investment at Dirt Capital Partners
MBA 2012
Master of Environmental Management 2012

Namrita Kapur

Lecturer in the Practice at Yale School of Management
Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 1997
Master of Environmental Management 1997

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Sustainable Finance & ESG Events

Connect with like-minded individuals


Seth Dunn

Director, Industry Development-Power & Utilities at ServiceMax from GE Digital
B.A. 1993
MBA 1995
Master of Environmental Management 1995

Noah Walker

Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group
MBA 2014
Master of Environmental Management 2014

Alec Appelbaum

News Editor at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
BA 1993
MBA 1998

Chris Lewis

Founder and Principal at Lewis Analytical
Master of Environmental Management 2018