Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is often seen as separate from the pursuit of profit. Yet recent research by Professor Ross Levine found that companies with higher CSR scores performed significantly better during the pandemic stock market turmoil. Does investing in sustainable, ethical, and healthy practices make a company more, or less, competitive?

Join influential economist and former Berkeley Haas Dean Laura Tyson for a conversation with Levine about his recent research finding that CSR is an effective competitive strategy. Levine studies how financial systems and regulations shape economic growth and economic prosperity. He is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance and has worked at the World Bank and at the Board of Governors at the Federal Research System. Tyson, a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, previously served as Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the White House National Economic Council for President Clinton. She is currently co-chair of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors.

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