Featured Pathways

More pathways

Banking Essentials - Part I

This pathway will walk us through the basics of banks, starting with some of the different types and their main functions, then starting to look at the regulation faced by the banks, both before and after the Global Financial Crisis.

Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the act of distributing false information about something being more environmentally friendly than it actually is.

More pathways

Book a demo

Pricing

Ready to get started?

Plans & Membership

Our Platform

Expert led content

+1,000 expert presented, on-demand video modules

Learning analytics

Keep track of learning progress with our comprehensive data

Interactive learning

Engage with our video hotspots and knowledge check-ins

Testing & certification

Gain CPD / CPE credits and professional certification

Managed learning

Build, scale and manage your organisation’s learning

Integrations

Connect Finance Unlocked to your current platform

Featured Content

More featured content

Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis

In this video, Max discusses the cost-of-living crisis currently enveloping the UK. He examines its impact on households as well as the overall economy.

CSR and Sustainability in Financial Services

In the first video of this two-part video series, Elisa introduces us to sustainability. She begins by looking at the difference between sustainability and corporate social responsibility, two terms that can be easily confused.

More featured content

Book a demo

Pricing

Ready to get started?

Featured Pathways

More pathways

Banking Essentials - Part I

This pathway will walk us through the basics of banks, starting with some of the different types and their main functions, then starting to look at the regulation faced by the banks, both before and after the Global Financial Crisis.

Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the act of distributing false information about something being more environmentally friendly than it actually is.

More pathways

Book a demo

Pricing

Ready to get started?

Plans & Membership

Our Platform

Expert led content

+1,000 expert presented, on-demand video modules

Learning analytics

Keep track of learning progress with our comprehensive data

Interactive learning

Engage with our video hotspots and knowledge check-ins

Testing & certification

Gain CPD / CPE credits and professional certification

Managed learning

Build, scale and manage your organisation’s learning

Integrations

Connect Finance Unlocked to your current platform

Featured Content

More featured content

Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis

In this video, Max discusses the cost-of-living crisis currently enveloping the UK. He examines its impact on households as well as the overall economy.

CSR and Sustainability in Financial Services

In the first video of this two-part video series, Elisa introduces us to sustainability. She begins by looking at the difference between sustainability and corporate social responsibility, two terms that can be easily confused.

More featured content

Book a demo

Pricing

Ready to get started?

Book a demo

Pricing

Ready to get started?

Introduction to Corporate Sustainability in the U.S.

Introduction to Corporate Sustainability in the U.S.

Wayne Mayer

30 years: Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Executive

In this video, Wayne explores the evolution of Corporate Sustainability in the U.S. market, highlighting the shift from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into business strategies. He explains how environmental regulations and the 1992 Earth Summit influenced this transformation, leading to the rise of ESG investing and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Wayne discusses how sustainability now drives innovation, efficiency, and competitive advantage in modern business.

In this video, Wayne explores the evolution of Corporate Sustainability in the U.S. market, highlighting the shift from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into business strategies. He explains how environmental regulations and the 1992 Earth Summit influenced this transformation, leading to the rise of ESG investing and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Wayne discusses how sustainability now drives innovation, efficiency, and competitive advantage in modern business.

Subscribe to watch

Access this and all of the content on our platform by signing up for a 7-day free trial.

Introduction to Corporate Sustainability in the U.S.

11 mins 6 secs

Overview

The evolution of Corporate Sustainability in the U.S. markets reflects a shift from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and philanthropy to integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into business strategies. This transformation was driven by emerging environmental legislation in the 1970s and 1980s, which highlighted the need for balancing economic growth with social and environmental responsibilities. By the 1990s, companies began challenging the Milton Friedman doctrine of profit maximization, adopting CSR practices. The 1992 Earth Summit further promoted Sustainable Development, leading to the rise of ESG investing and the alignment of corporate objectives with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, Sustainability and ESG are integral to business strategy, driving innovation, efficiency, and competitive advantage.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development led to Corporate Sustainability and the integration of ESG factors into business practices

  • Outline the shift from Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Philanthropy to Sustainability

  • Describe the emergence of ESG investing and the use of ESG metrics in business decision-making

Subscribe to watch

Access this and all of the content on our platform by signing up for a 7-day free trial.

Summary
How did environmental regulation and sustainable development lead to corporate sustainability and the integration of ESG factors into business practices?

Emerging environmental regulations in the 1970s and 1980s aimed to protect air, water, and wildlife, fundamentally altering how businesses interacted with their external environments. This period witnessed a growing dichotomy between economic growth and environmental responsibility. As corporations focused on short-term profits, they moved away from Sustainable Development principles, which advocate for balancing economic, social, and environmental needs. This disconnect prompted a shift towards Corporate Sustainability, integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into business practices to align long-term financial performance with societal and environmental well-being.

How did Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Philanthropy evolve into Sustainability?

In the 1990s, Corporate America began to challenge the Milton Friedman doctrine that the sole social responsibility of business is to increase profits. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) emerged, enabling companies to demonstrate social accountability. Initially focused on corporate philanthropy and public relations, CSR raised awareness of companies' impacts on society and the environment. Over time, corporations moved beyond CSR to embrace Sustainability, integrating social and environmental considerations into core business strategies. This evolution reflects a growing recognition that sustainable practices can drive innovation, efficiency, and profitability, rather than being mere operational costs.

What is ESG investing, and how does it influence business decision-making?

ESG investing emerged from the broader context of Socially Responsible Investing and the rise of Sustainable Development. By focusing on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors, investors encouraged companies to address their broader impacts on society and the environment. This investment approach gained traction as companies realized that integrating ESG metrics into business decision-making could enhance long-term value and resilience. ESG investing aligns financial performance with ethical considerations, promoting sustainable business practices that reduce risks, improve efficiency, and generate competitive advantages. Companies now often align their objectives with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to meet investor and stakeholder expectations.

Subscribe to watch

Access this and all of the content on our platform by signing up for a 7-day free trial.

Wayne Mayer

Wayne Mayer

Wayne Mayer, a Strategic Sustainability consultant and CEO of When Everything Matters, advises multinational companies and non-governmental organizations on various Sustainability and ESG issues. He helps companies transform business models into sustainable development partnerships, using Sustainability principles and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices to drive innovation, growth, and profits. With over 20 years of experience, Wayne has worked as a change agent focused on Environmental, Social, and Governance performance. He helps companies set science-based goals and leverage data and technology to measure, monitor, and communicate ESG risks, impacts, and opportunities.

There are no available videos from "Wayne Mayer"