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February 24, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (virtual)

World Today Discussion Series: ESG: Going Beyond Financial Measures to A More Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Responsible Future

Since its debut in a United Nations report in 2006, ESG—the acronym for environmental, social, and governance issues—has captivated the attention of businesses, governments, and academics. Today, ESG is the most widely accepted measure of firms’ sustainability and social impact. The ESG movement is creating a new incentive for companies to collect and disclose information about financial, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility performance and is forcing CEOs to construct measurable means to describe and present their businesses. In less than two decades, ESG investing has evolved into a US$35 trillion industry. While it is gathering momentum around the globe, companies and stakeholders have struggled with the myriad of complex and inconsistent sustainability standards, frameworks and metrics.

Join the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management (CGM), Center for Impact and Professor Chris Tang in a moderated discussion with internationally renowned experts in environmental issues and ESG. Professors Christine Loh, undersecretary for the environment, Hong Kong SAR Government (2012-17) and chief development strategist, Institute for the Environment, HKUST and Magali Delmas, director of the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance and Center for Impact@Anderson will explain why the ESG movement, unlike the lack luster CSR initiative, is motivating action by corporations. They will spotlight key challenges and opportunities for practitioners and researchers in ESG and explain why in the wake of climate change, social injustice and income inequality, corporations need to change the way they operate and go beyond the traditional financial measures by taking various ESG measurements into consideration. Looking ahead, they will share their observations on the recent announcement at COP26 of the creation of an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) that will provide the foundation for consistent and global – environmental, social and governance reporting standards and whether companies are more likely to pivot their operations to a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible future. Open to UCLA students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the extended UCLA and general community.

The World Today Discussion Series engages the audience in interactive and enriching conversations around current issues that transcend borders. UCLA and Anderson faculty, alumni, board members and thought leaders share their perspectives on the critical global topics and issues that matter to our community and the world. Through balanced discourse, the series serves as a neutral forum to educate the community on global issues, while at the same time encouraging debate and examination.

December 2, 2021

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pacific Time

Centers@Anderson Innovation: Strategies for Success: Global Trends and The Future of Travel – The Role of Technology and Sustainability

Join the Centers@Anderson and Professor Terry Kramer, for a virtual conversation with M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the board of directors and executive committee for Turkish Airlines, Europe's busiest carrier, and the largest airline in the world by the number of passenger destinations served (315) . He will discuss global trends including trade issues, growing nationalism and trade wars and their implications for the future of global travel. He will also address the longer-term effects on aviation that have been accelerated by COVID-19, including digitization, remote work and the importance of sustainability. Chairman Aycı will share his observations on the values and principles that will help guide the industry towards a healthier and more sustainable future and explain how responding to these shifts decisively now, carriers should be able to look beyond the pandemic and adapt to the long-term realities of COVID-19 that are transforming global travel. UCLA Anderson Dean Tony Bernardo will provide opening remarks.

Aviation is central to international trade and economic development. After almost two years of uncertainty, the sector will need to grapple with new realities and devise strategies to adapt to the long-term effects of COVID-19. There is some relief to be found in various parts of the world now that vaccinations rollouts are in effect, but the road to recovery for air traffic may take several years. The pandemic has changed consumer and business behavior—and the airline sector—irrevocably. As remote working and virtual meetings become the norm, the industry is likely to see a slow return of business travel. Many have questioned whether business travel will ever return to its original state pre-COVID-19. And digitalization and contactless technology will continue to transform the travel experience. Personalization, hygiene and safety measures will be more important than ever. Tourism trends surrounding low-carbon travel will continue to evolve and travel will become greener and more efficient. Finally, notwithstanding the challenges of COVID-19 and technology-based transformations – – many geopolitical trends have driven growing nationalism, reducing global trade and travel. Will these trends be short term or become part of a “new normal?”

The discussion is a partnership among the Centers at Anderson. Open to UCLA students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the extended UCLA community and general public. 

About the Innovation: Strategies for Success Series. 
In the global environment and post COVID-19, there will be increased opportunities and challenges, with greater demands on leaders, businesses and society. New innovation strategies must be assessed and utilized to ensure future success. This series will address the innovation imperatives of today and their implications for tomorrow. The series is a collaboration among the Centers of UCLA Anderson.