Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor is one of the world's leading thinkers on business ethics and capitalism with purpose. She is a Clinical Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and author of the book, Higher Ground.

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Alison Taylor speaks about business ethics, transparency and organisational psychology. She is a Clinical Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and author of the book, Higher Ground: How Business Can Do the Right Thing in a Turbulent World

Taylor teaches business ethics at NYU Stern. She focuses on the role of sustainability in any future blueprint for capitalism. Alongside teaching, Alison Taylor is also Executive Director of Ethical Systems. The group is a who’s who of business ethics experts. Founded by Jonathan Haidt, it helps companies build more ethical and effective cultures using a data-based approach.  

Higher Ground was released in February 2024 to rave reviews. The book advises companies on navigating an increasingly precarious ethical landscape. Taylor recognises that businesses come under huge pressure from both sides of the political spectrum. The right is quick to sniff out anything perceived as “woke”. The left pounces on anything not sufficiently supportive of the latest social justice trends.   

Adam Grant calls the book “principled and pragmatic” and Klaus Moosmayer of Novartis says Taylor “masterfully connects the dots between governance, compliance, ethics, sustainability, and the purpose of a company.” 

Ranked as one of Linkedin’s top voices, Alison Taylor regularly features in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Forbes. She provides clarity around misunderstood aspects of ESG, explaining its origins as a measure of business risk rather than impact. Taylor is also a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Good Governance and a BCG Brighthouse Luminary Fellow. She is a regular on business podcasts and a popular speaker for corporate events and executive training.    

A native Brit, Alison Taylor has lived in New York City since 2011. She read History at Oxford University before masters in International Relations at Chicago and Organisational Psychology at Columbia respectively.

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Higher Ground by Alison Taylor - CWG Speakers

Higher Ground

How Business Can Do the Right Thing in a Turbulent World

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