Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at London Business School on the business case for social responsibility

Here’s Alex’s TEDx talk on “The Social Responsibility of Business”, which covers his recent paper showing that employee well-being leads to superior performance, and more generally the business case for social responsibility.Here’s a link in case its of interest. In the video Alex Edmans talks about the long-term impacts of social responsibility and challenges the…

  • May 23, 2015
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Better returns from better-run companies

Despite the evidence, many investors seem unconvinced that sustainable businesses are as profitable as any other     For investors, it seems that old habits die hard. A recent report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, found that more than half of investors – 54% – believe that sustainable investing involves a financial trade-off: that it…

Lecture nine – sustainable and responsible investing, past, present and future, a brief presentation

The last in the series of my current lectures is here. This week sustainable and responsible investing, past, present and future. (The date says March 18th as I am giving the lecture on Wednesday to my Kings College students) How Business Can Tackle Deforestation – 14th-15th April 2015 (Washington D.C.) All the major brand players meet with…

  • Mar 15, 2015
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Eight reasons that sustainability drives financial outperformance

A new report has just been published which makes a compelling business case for sustainability. Here are the brief highlights, and a link to the full report is here. Thanks to Bob Eccles at Harvard to bringing this to my attention. It’s well worth a read.  It’s based on analysis of 190 papers and significant…

Three quick takeaways on how CSR improves business value

In my earlier post this week I interviewed Alex Edmans of Wharton and London Business School, about his research on the links between CSR and business value. A friend asked Alex for three simple takeaways for the busy executive. He kindly sent some. They are below, and provide a handy at-a-glance assessment. The longer interview is…

Wharton and London Business School research shows employee welfare and financial returns are linked

Alex Edmans is professor of finance at London Business School and Wharton.  He’s been researching the links between investing in employee welfare, and financial returns.  Alex’s prior research shows that companies listed in some “Best Companies To Work For” lists beat the market by 2 to 3 per cent per year over a 26 year…

  • Sep 1, 2014
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Sustainable business: “the problem with 2020 targets is that they’re just way too distant” – Guest post by Scott Poynton

Scott Poynton gives a personal view on why the deforestation debate should focus on action now and not targets for future improvement Poynton: Has ‘sustainability’ become meaningless? I have seen many bad things, close up and personal, over the last 20+ years working on deforestation issues. I believe that our path to survival lies through…

  • Aug 19, 2014
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Constructing a simple business case for sustainability and corporate responsibility

Ghana, potential for regional sustainability leadership Last week in Accra I helped run an executive training programme with McGill University and the CSR Training Institute for around 40 executives. I’ve blogged on this before so I won’t go into huge detail in this post. Ministers of Government, senior officials, corporate execs from 15 countries all…

Is there such a thing as a sustainable brand?

I don’t think there is. Given consumers find sustainability too complex to reward companies for (and indeed, why should they?) surely the notion of a sustainable brand is wrong-headed. The term smacks of greenwash to me. It feels like a hangover from a decade ago. We need sustainable companies, sustainable businesses, sustainable firms, whatever you…

Corporate responsibility implementation, strategy, regulation and trends presentation

That might be a bold title for a revision lecture presentation for my MSc class at Birkbeck, University of London, but I hope the presentation does it justice in some small way. Here’s the direct link and it is embedded below. Enjoy, if that is the right word. Corporate responsibility implementation, strategy, regulation and trends…

Why companies engage employees in corporate responsibility and sustainability

Embedded below is a presentation taken from our online training course “Getting to Grips with Corporate Responsibility” which starts again on March 24 2014:  Why companies engage employees in corporate responsibility and sustainability The course uses these materials accompanied by talking head video, online seminars, discussion groups and assignments to help executives learn how good…

  • Jan 22, 2014
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Sustainability and innovation, how far have we come?

Coke’s innovation conference, opening session I’ve been pondering this question since yesterday when I attended the Coca-Cola Enterprises / Economist Intelligence Unit conference on sustainable innovation in London. From the presentations, and in general, there seems to be innovation, depending on how you define it, in the following areas: – Recycling (Coca-Cola, Umicore) – Services…

CSR trends, strategy, ethics and the business case

Here’s a presentation I am giving this week to MBA students in Mexico, on the areas of CSR trends, strategy, ethics and the business case . Piece of cake, no doubt. I’m off to Guadalajara, to speak to 350 MBA students and spend some time with professors at the well-regarded Tecnológico de Monterrey. In reality I am slightly…

Have Asia Pulp & Paper reformed? So far so good

PR you couldn’t buy but have to earn So finally in February this year Asia Pulp & Paper, by some estimates the world’s largest firm of their type, made the momentous decision to stop cutting down virgin Indonesian forest. They said they’d focus on supplier management of that goal and plantation fibre sourcing over rainforest….