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ESG: myths, reality or future solutions?


19 May Picture of a digital dashboard showing text, numbers, and percentages. Part of Sustainability seminar series

Responsible investing is often described as the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into investment processes and decision-making. In the past few years, ESG has become incredibly popular all over the word. At the same time, it has attracted a lot of criticism and controversy. What exactly is ESG? How impactful is it? What are the reasons for controversy?

Join this seminar with Marc Lepere to learn more about and critically engage with ESG.

Marc Lepere

Marc Lepere is a PhD student in Political Economy. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and serves as a visiting lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Economics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and holds a MSc from King’s. Marc has published in leading journals including Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Financial Times and Discovering Truth (series 1) which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Professionally, Marc has been an employee, entrepreneur and social entrepreneur. In 2021, he founded ESGgen which builds on his doctoral research. is a new online solution designed to make it simple and meaningful for SMEs and Startups to get annual, audited ESG accounts (to complement financial accounts). By making ESG accessible to SMEs and Startups ESGgen helps the most innovative 50% of the global economy get to work on solving the world’s most burning problems. Marc has served as Chief Marketing Officer for Havas Worldwide; Executive Vice President for McCann Erickson WorldGroup and Deputy Chairman of Dentsu in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Marc’s research asks: “To what extent does holding CEOs to account personally for crises effect corporate responsibility?”. Do companies become more responsible as a result of a crisis? Does holding management to account improve responsibility? Are changes meaningful and long-lasting?

Want to learn more?

Take the KEATS Sustainability & Climate module and gain a King’s Experience Award. This open-access, interdisciplinary module on environmental, economic, and social sustainability has been co-created with students, staff, and alumni. It offers everyone, no matter their field, a broad and critical understanding of sustainability and the climate crisis. You can enrol via this link.

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