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PODCAST: Eric Orts, Founding Director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at Wharton

11 June 2020
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The Wharton-led, Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, known as IGEL, promotes knowledge for business sustainability. IGEL works with a diverse and interdisciplinary network to develop and disseminate innovative research and business practices to solve the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet.

IGEL also interfaces with top alumni and with academic, corporate, government, and non-government organizations to drive business policies and practices on a global scale. With their partners, IGEL facilitates knowledge for action, life-long learning and impact through world-class research, transformative teaching of future leaders, and public outreach regarding best business practices.

Eric is the Guardsmark Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he has taught since 1991.  He is a tenured professor in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department with a secondary appointment in the Management Department.  He also serves as the faculty director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and faculty co-director of the FINRA/Wharton Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional Program. His primary research and teaching interests are in business theory, corporate governance, environmental sustainability, securities regulation, and professional ethics.

Prior to joining Wharton’s faculty, Orts practiced law as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City and was a Chemical Bank fellow in corporate social responsibility at Columbia Law School.  He has also taught and visited at a number of other leading business and law schools, including (in reversal chronological order): INSEAD (European campus); University of Pennsylvania Law School; NYU School of Law; Sydney Law School; Bren School Environmental Science and Management, University of California at Santa Barbara; Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management; the University of Michigan Law School; and UCLA School of Law.  He has been a visiting Fulbright professor in the law department of the University of Leuven, the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Ethics and the Professions, and a faculty fellow in the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School at Harvard.


Date: 11 June 2020