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Strategies for Teaching Sustainability in Finance and Accounting Webinar

Specific strategies for teaching sustainability in finance and accounting classes, shared by award-winning instructors from around the world.

Faculty members from across the globe came together in summer 2013 for an interactive webinar on strategies for teaching sustainability in finance and accounting. The webinar began with presentations from two award-winning instructors: Charles Cho (ESSEC Business School) and Mark Cohen (Vanderbilt University). (Biosketches are below.) They described specific strategies they’ve used: e.g. student assignments, cases and other approaches. Participants then asked questions and shared their own strategies for teaching sustainability.

Resources from Speakers and Participants

From Charles Cho (all videos)

From Carol Seagle

  • Tempes Corporation; teaching note. Students calculate NPV and payback on investment while considering environmental risks and regulation.

From Oliver Laasch

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Other Webinars in the Series

Additional webinars focused on teaching sustainability in other disciplines:

Marketing: View webinar video and materials.

Operations: View webinar video and materials

Strategy: View webinar video and materials

Webinar Guest Speakers

Mark Cohen, Vanderbilt University Mark Cohen has extensive experience analyzing government enforcement policies, with particular emphasis on environmental and criminal justice issues. He is an expert on enforcing environmental regulations and on corporate crime and punishment. Teaching: He received 'Honorable Mention' from the Page Prize for Environmental Sustainability Curriculum (2012) for his course “Financial Analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Data.”

Charles Cho, Schulich School of Business (Formerly at ESSEC Business School) Charles Cho is an Associate Professor of Accounting at ESSEC Business School, with a strong background in the teaching, research and practice of sustainability. His research focuses on social and environmental accounting, corporate social responsibility, and accounting and the public interest. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified General Accountant (CGA), and worked for KPMG LLP and other public accounting firms for several years.

Teaching: Charles has taught financial and managerial accounting courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and designed CSR-related courses at the PhD, MBA and undergraduate levels. He also has experience teaching corporate sustainability and business ethics to executives.

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  • Chelsea Hicks-Webster

    Hi, I’m Chelsea. I have a Masters degree in Sustainability, where I studied ecosystem health. I'm also a Certified Life Coach. I used to be the Operations Manager for NBS, but now I just focus on my favourite part of that job – the writing! I also run a social enterprise, called Creating Me, dedicated to strengthening maternal and family well-being. I know first-hand how difficult it can be to balance career goals, impact, and one’s own well-being. When I’m not working on my own impact goals, I offer executive coaching and writing support to help researchers and change-makers grow their impact and well-being. (creatingme.ca/sustainability).

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