Initiative on Responsible Finance

Cornell University

About Us

Cornell University is one of the leading academic institutions globally in the areas of finance and of sustainability. We combine strong research and teaching credentials in finance and impact investing with extensive practical experience in managing the social and environmental impacts of financial activity.


The Initiative on Responsible Finance is a focal point for research, teaching, and outreach and engagement activities at the interface of finance and sustainability at Cornell University.


By developing research collaborations across the Cornell community and externally, the Initiative on Responsible Finance fosters scholarly research in the broad area of responsible finance, including topics such as fiduciary duty, executive compensation, behavioral economics and financial risk management, the role of asset managers and institutional investors, impact investing products, and metrics of values-based investment strategies. Initiative on Responsible Finance brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and practitioners to work on both basic and applied research.

In addition, Initiative on Responsible Finance develops graduate and undergraduate courses in impact investing, environmental finance and markets, corporate sustainability, and related areas, and offers tailored training opportunities for professional and executive-level groups.

Finally, Initiative personnel are actively involved in a number of outreach and engagement activities at the intersection of sustainability and finance. Among other initiatives, they work with a number of external partners to foster the development of the field of conservation finance and to increase private, return-seeking investment in environmental protection, and to increase training opportunities in the area of impact investing.


Dr. David Ng
Dr. John Tobin-de la Puente

David Ng Headshot

David Tat-Chee Ng (伍达枝)
Professor of Finance
College of Business
Cornell University

John Tobin Headshot

John Tobin-de la Puente
Professor of Practice
College of Business &
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
Cornell University

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you.


310D Warren Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7801
Telephone: (607) 255-0145
Fax: (607) 255-9984
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