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April 20, 2022

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Impact Week 2022: ESG and Supply Chains – Uncovering the Blind Spots

Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) focused investing has recently grown into a U.S. $35 trillion industry as investors increasingly seek out opportunities to leave a positive mark on society. Simultaneously, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light major blind spots in the performance and resilience of supply chains worldwide. There remain many questions about measuring and optimizing ESG indicators in the supply chains of major firms. How can companies improve visibility into environmental and social factors such as emissions and labor standards associated with their supply chains? How should investors think about supply chain standards in developed versus emerging economies? As part of Impact Week 2022, Christopher S. Tang, distinguished professor, Edward W. Chair in Business Administration and faculty director of the Center for Global Management will address the ongoing challenges in supply chain transparency and share cutting edge research on the impact of supply chains on ESG ratings.

Impact Week is organized by the Center for Impact@Anderson and the Net Impact MBA chapter. The discussion is sponsored by the Center for Global Management and CFA Society Los Angeles and open to UCLA students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the extended UCLA community and general public. Location: Grand Salon, Marion Anderson Hall, UCLA Anderson. For more information on the discussion and to register>>

April 5, 7 and 8, 2022

5:00 – 7:45 p.m.* (virtual)

*Timings are approximate.

JOIN US: The 2022 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference: New Normals and New Models: Technology Learnings from The Greater China Region

Innovators and influencers will explore the metaverse and its role in the future of work, shopping and social engagements; the role of blockchain as an enabling platform for innovations in financial services; the role of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles in the future of transportation; and the role of public policy in shaping the type of innovations that will evolve in the future.

A notable technology-driven transformation is occurring in the Greater China region fueling a digitization of numerous industries and companies and enabling new business models. The scale and momentum of this technology-driven transformation has been enabled by Government policy, changes in consumer preferences and enterprise driven innovation. In a short period of time, China has transitioned to become one of the world’s largest digital economies. Digital innovations that emerge in the region will not only shape its own ecosystem, but also serve as a reference for digital ecosystems that are evolving elsewhere. The paths taken by companies in the region as well as the government have implications and create broad-based learnings for new and traditional players in the region and in the United States. 

The 2022 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference will bring together leading executives, innovators, influencers and investors for a series of conversations around the major forces, trends and technology-based innovations in the region. Experts will share their thoughts and perspectives on the key enablers required to advance technology commercially in sectors such as retail, finance and cleantech and provide a forward-looking perspective on new advancements. They will address how technology is driving the transformation of society, enterprises, and consumers around the world and the contextual leadership that is imperative to adapt to shifting dynamics and an increasingly digitized global economy. Open to UCLA students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the extended UCLA community and general public.

April 12, 2022

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Global Business & Policy Forum: Networking Reception and Discussion Over Dinner on The Purpose of the Corporation: Should Shareholder Value be Sacrificed to Promote ESG Goals?

Join the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management and UCLA School of Law’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy in hosting Christopher S. Tang, Distinguished Professor, Edward W. Chair in Business Administration and Faculty Director, Center for Global Management and Stephen Bainbridge, William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law for a presentation and discussion on the broad landscape of ESG and whether ESG is the road to a brighter future or a wrong turn in the history of the corporation and corporate governance.

For nearly two decades, academics, public intellectuals, investment managers and sometimes even ordinary investors in highly developed economies have been engaged in public conversations around the purpose of the corporation. Specifically, whether corporate directors should focus their energies and corporate resources on environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals even when doing so may adversely impact corporate financial performance and shareholder value. The stakes at issue are quite high.

Corporations, big and small, play a critical role in generating value in the economies of most developed nations. Historically, an investor has invested in a venture based upon the investor’s prediction of the venture’s ability to earn profits for the investor who, in turn, could use those profits at the investor’s discretion to fund whatever projects the investor believed was important (e.g., building a personal villa or supporting an environmental cause). The corporation was agnostic as to how its shareholder used the profits distributed by the corporation, even if the shareholder used distributions to fund movements or support legal changes detrimental to the corporation. With the ESG movement in the U.S. and elsewhere, corporations are principal actors in attempting to achieve certain broader societal goals, including environmental sustainability and social responsibility. In turn, requiring them to divert earnings away from shareholders to satisfy those goals, even if some shareholders do not share the belief that such goals are in the shareholders interest.

This forum is a collaborative partnership between the Center for Global Management and UCLA School of Law's Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. Open to UCLA Anderson and Law School Students only. RSVP required. Remote participation in the discussion from UCLA Anderson and Law Schools students is available upon request.