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Do high-ability managers choose ESG projects that create shareholder value? Evidence from employee opinions

24 June 2020
Are ESG projects compatible with shareholder value? Managers face a challenge when they decide which ESG projects to select with limited clarity on allowed investments. The paper uses MSCI ESG ratings and Glassdoor employee ratings to demonstrate that high-calibre managers put their resources towards ESG projects and thereby enhance shareholder value.

Investor toolkit on human rights

This toolkit provides practical guidance for institutional investors to assess and address human rights risks within investment activities. With tools, case studies and standard-setting activities, this Investor Toolkit encourages proactive management of human rights risks.

From values to riches 2022: Charting consumer demand for responsible investing in Australia

This paper reports on consumer demand for responsible investing in Australia. Key findings show that most Australians expect to invest responsibly and want to see more transparency and authenticity from investment providers regarding the real impact of their investments. Climate change and social issues are of increasing concern

Shareholder primacy: The main barrier to sustainable companies

25 September 2015
This report analyses the role of company law in achieving sustainable development, focusing on the dominance of shareholder primacy and its impact on corporate decision-making. It evaluates barriers to integrating sustainability, and provides possible ways forward. An essential comparative analysis for academics and professionals interested in promoting sustainable business practices.

Is regulation enough? A review of UK master trusts' ESG policies

19 December 2019
This report by ShareAction explores the approach to climate change risk by UK's largest master trusts. It examines 16 master trusts' ESG policies and practices, focusing on the work of the trustees and their engagement with investee companies on ESG practices and risk management. The report draws attention to some positive developments, showing that some schemes have incorporated ESG and/or climate change factors into their asset allocation strategy.

Who owns a company?

29 July 2015
This report questions the long-standing concept of shareholder primacy in modern companies and highlights the need for fundamental changes in corporate governance laws. It addresses concerns regarding excessive remuneration, unethical practices, and short-termism while presenting public policy actions that can mitigate these issues.

The implications of behavioural science for effective climate policy

This report explores the implications of behavioural science for effective climate policy and focuses on eight main sectors, such as diet change, adaptation and aviation, with recommendations for further empirical research. The report underscores the importance of understanding human behaviour and how insights can be used in climate policy development for effective implementation.

Catalysing bank climate action: Lessons from the inside

This report shares insights from the Climate Safe Lending Fellowship, a programme for banking professionals committed to accelerating the decarbonisation of their institutions. The report offers practical approaches and tools used by climate intrapreneurs to help their banks transition toward climate-safe banking.

The dangers of buybacks: Mitigating common pitfalls

This report explores the rising trend of share buybacks, analysing their benefits and pitfalls. It offers practical tools, guidelines, and measures to mitigate the risks, improve transparency, and ensure buybacks match long-term company strategies.

Disrupting privilege as power and control: Re-imagining business and the appreciation of Indigenous stewardship in management education curricula

2 June 2022
This report explores privilege's systemic connection to mainstream management education and proposes how engaging with Indigenous stewardship can tackle this. Using a case study of stewardship's implementation in a Master of Commerce program, educators can contribute to literature on re-imagining business and create better future business leaders.
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