The Evolving ESG Landscape 2024

The Evolving ESG Landscape 2024

The Evolving ESG Landscape: Practical Advice for Boards and Companies in 2024

Date: February 21, 2024
Time:  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, A reception will follow
Location:  In-Person, Clayton Hall , University of Delaware, Newark, DE

This three-hour interactive event is the third annual ESG program hosted by the Weinberg Center at the University of Delaware.  Panelists, who represent a wide cross section of perspectives, will explore the most challenging issues emerging in the ESG landscape from the board’s vantage point, emphasizing practical advice for boards and management.  The program will be led by John W. White, a partner from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.  Rather than dwelling on regulatory requirements and proposals by the SEC and European regulators in the ESG arena, the focus will be on the board and advising the board on its responsibilities.  The discussion will drill down on the ESG-related issues that boards are grappling with the most today.

Panelists will discuss effective board oversight of ESG, board involvement in interactions with investors, employees and other stakeholders, responding to ESG backlash, board responsibility for integrating ESG into strategy and operations, setting ESG goals, ESG activists and shareholder proposals.  Basic themes from the past programs will not be overlooked: locating ESG oversight responsibilities on the board and its committees, analyzing the interplay of ESG and fiduciary duties, promoting ESG savviness on the board through education and board member selection, and the importance of reliable data and internal control procedures.  As panelists explore these challenging issues, as has been the tradition at this program, the emphasis will be on practical advice and takeaways for boards and those who advise boards.

In addition to John White, the other confirmed participants are:

  • Michael L. Arnold, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Paul Atkins, Chief Executive, Patomak Global Partners; and former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Paul A. Beswick, EY Americas Director of Accounting and Chief Accountant, Ernst & Young LLP; and former Chief Accountant, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mary Francis, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation
  • Jeffrey P. Mahoney, General Counsel, Council of Institutional Investors

Chatham House Rules will apply to the program.

CLE and Materials

Applications for CLE are pending.  Materials will be sent in advance of the program.

Other Information

There is no charge to attend the program.  There will be a reception following the program.  Complimentary shuttles will be provided from the Wilmington train station to the venue, and to the train station after the venue.

2024 Corporate Governance Symposium

2024 Corporate Governance Symposium

2024 University of Delaware Weinberg Center/ECGI Corporate Governance Symposium

and John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Competition

SAVE THE DATE  |  March 15, 2024

Time: All day
Location: Clayton Hall, University of Delaware, Newark DE

Call for Papers

The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Department of Finance at the Lerner College of Business & Economics, at the University of Delaware, will host an in-person academic symposium in collaboration with the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) on Friday, March 15, 2024. We welcome all submissions related to corporate governance. Up to three papers included in the symposium will be selected to each receive the 2024 John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award and a $10,000 prize. Click here for the 2022 and 2023 symposium programs and award winners.

Both academic and practitioner submissions for the research paper competition are welcome.

The deadline for paper submissions is November 20, 2023. There is a non-refundable submission fee of $75 per paper. Please pay the submission fee by visiting this page. Please submit your papers to Louisa Cresson at, together with a copy of your payment receipt.

John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper $10,000 Award Competition Guidelines/Procedures

This research competition is the successor to the IRRCi Investor Research Paper Award, which had become a prominent award garnering significant attention amongst the investment community, academia and policymakers. The John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award, as its predecessor did, highlights innovative research.

Papers should be submitted using the following guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines may disqualify papers.

  • Papers must not have been accepted for publication at the time of submission.
  • Papers should be submitted with a cover page that includes the paper title, full name and affiliation of author(s), and a 100-250-word abstract.
  • Please use the following format as the file name when you save your paper: Last name (all caps), underscore, shortened name of paper, period, pdf (e.g., DOE_Shareholder Engagement.pdf).

If selected for the award or as a finalist, it is required that one of the paper’s authors be available to present the paper in-person at the Symposium on March 15, 2024.

General inquiries regarding the competition or the Symposium should be directed to Louisa Cresson at

Please note that the selection of winners/finalists, if any, is at the sole discretion of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. The Weinberg Center fully anticipates awarding up to three $10,000 prizes but reserves the right to select no papers as winners in the event papers submitted do not meet the above guidelines and/or the Center does not believe any paper is worthy of the award.