Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In the Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Strategists program, you will:

  • Develop a rigorous foundation for integrating ESG factors into strategic analysis
  • Analyze the efficacy of strategic responses to ESG risks and opportunities
  • Improve ESG communications, disclosure, and data systems.
  • Understand how climate risk has changed corporate strategy in key sectors
  • Build integrated project plans encompassing ESG factors.
  • Effectively engage stakeholders in the most complex and conflictual stakeholder environments
  • Gain a systematic understanding of how firms can have positive sustainability impacts along their value chain and in their broader ecosystem
  • Differentiate sustainability initiatives that are truly strategic from those that will become table stakes, allowing environmental sustainability initiatives to also become economically sustainable
  • Learn the basics of global climate policies including carbon markets, and how they might affect your corporate strategy

This program is comprised of one month of introductory content (Wharton ESG Essentials) immediately followed by an additional month of specialized strategy content. This advanced certificate is designed to quickly catapult strategy leaders and professionals to the forefront of ongoing ESG decision making, empowering them to act as informed, prepared catalysts for change.

Blended Online Program Structure

This program’s blended format of live online and self-paced online sessions is designed to produce maximum, immediate impact for the busy executive. Participants will join live online sessions for two hours once a week over four weeks. Sessions are led by teaching-award winning and tenured Wharton faculty who are pioneering the academic research and leading the dialogue in the rapidly evolving ESG field.

Broadcasted and facilitated live from Wharton’s Wave Classroom, the program prioritizes live engagement and employs a host of instructional modalities to enhance the learning experience: in-class discussions, case work, small-group breakout sessions, role playing, and several competitive and engaging simulations. In addition, participants will work through self-paced online content at their convenience in between live online sessions.

Blended Format Highlights Include:

  • Live Online Discussion with Wharton Faculty – This program offers the unique opportunity to directly engage with each of the program’s faculty.
  • Curated Relevant Resources – Faculty curate and share a list of essential videos to equip learners with the requisite knowledge necessary for an optimal experience in live online sessions.
  • Peer Dialogue – Participants are encouraged to share their input and experiences as well as gain valuable insights from peers and the wider community.

Program Details:
Every Tuesday for eight consecutive weeks in April and May
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT

  • Day 1: April 2
  • Day 2: April 9
  • Day 3: April 16
  • Day 4: April 23
  • Day 5: April 30
  • Day 6: May 7
  • Day 7: May 14
  • Day 8: May 21

Experience and Impact

The program presents an overview of the climate transition’s impact on corporate strategy, including the risks from both the physical effects of climate change and the regulatory responses to facilitate the transition to a net-zero economy. Participants will analyze how these and other environmental risks influence corporate strategy and justify sustainable investments, and what tools and resources are available to reduce risk exposure, with a focus on the energy, transport, and real estate sectors.

Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Strategists additionally arms participants with data-backed tools to manage the nuances of ESG strategy. Participants will engage in issue and stakeholder mapping. They will also look at best practices in managing stakeholder relationships — particularly from the strategists’ unique position working cross-departmentally, as well as toggling between internal and external stakeholders and managing deep-seated conflicts between them.

Session topics include:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Climate Risk Strategies
  • Strategy and Environmental Sustainability
  • Geo-Strategy

Interactive Sessions Include:

  • Business Model Transformation – Work through a case study of an energy company that drastically transformed their business model, and reflect on whether such radical change could be applicable to other companies and your own organization.
  • Panel Discussion – Actively participate in a discussion with Wharton experts on energy, transport, and real estate markets as key industries affected most in witnessing strategic changes.

Those interested in learning more about Wharton ESG Essentials, or additional specialized certificates, can visit here.

Participants who have successfully completed Wharton ESG Essentials as a standalone program can apply for and enroll in a certificate track within one year of Essentials completion.

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Due to our application review period, applications submitted after 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday for programs beginning the following Monday may not be processed in time to grant admission. Applicants will be contacted by a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss options for future programs and dates.

Who Should Attend

The Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Strategists is designed for professionals in the ESG field who specialize in developing and implementing strategy, including consultants, business development professionals, in-house ESG specialists, project managers, and other cross-functional leadership positions that have a stake in their firm’s ESG strategy execution.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.


Arthur Van Benthem

Arthur van Benthem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Faculty Co-Director, Wharton Climate Center

Research Interests: Energy economics, environmental economics, public economics

Witold Henisz

Witold Henisz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Vice Dean and Faculty Director, ESG Initiative; Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner

Research Interests: Political and social risk management; project management; ESG integration; stakeholder engagement

Sarah Light

Sarah Light, JDSee Faculty Bio

Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Faculty Co-Director, Wharton Climate Center

Mary-Hunter McDonnell

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, JD, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management; Faculty Co-Director, Zicklin Center for Governance and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational theory (political sociology, institutional theory); nonmarket strategy; corporate governance; corporate misconduct and punishment

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices


The Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Strategists program is the accelerant every experienced executive needs to begin thinking differently. The program covers critical methodologies to clearly link sustainability to strategy and expose fresh perspectives on a company’s long-term financial performance and overall value creation. The case-based method sparked engaged conversations, tapping into diverse insights from the global participants. Faculty members are experts in their fields, sharing critical models and resources for business leaders to enable greater global impact and deliver profitable, sustainable growth."

Nyla Ahmad Technology Executive, Toronto, Canada

Grant Ervin Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, S&B USA Construction

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