Finance for a Better World: The Shift Toward Sustainability

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What has prompted the shift toward sustainability in numerous financial areas? Can investors mindsets be changed to embrace a long-term view? Can shareholders and activists play a greater role in encouraging financial actors to behave more responsibly? These are some of the relevant topics that are explored in this forward-looking set of essays.

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Overview

What has prompted the shift toward sustainability in numerous financial areas? Can investors mindsets be changed to embrace a long-term view? Can shareholders and activists play a greater role in encouraging financial actors to behave more responsibly? These are some of the relevant topics that are explored in this forward-looking set of essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230551305
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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HENRI-CLAUDE DE BETTIGNIES is the Distinguished Professor of Globally Responsible Leadership at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), in Shanghai, China, where he has created the Euro-China Centre for Leadership and Responsibility (ECCLAR). He is also the AVIVA Chair Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Responsibility and Emeritus Professor of Asian Business at INSEAD. Between 1988 and 2005, with a joint appointment at Stanford University (Graduate School of Business), he shared his time equally between Europe, California and the Asia Pacific region. Professor de Bettignies started the development of the Ethics initiative at INSEAD, and pioneered a new approach (AVIRA) to enlighten business leaders. Over a 16 year period the AVIRA programme brought together 900 Chairmen and CEOs from 60 countries, keen to enrich their vision and enhance their responsible leadership competence. Henri-Claude teaches MBAs, E-MBAs and executives at CEIBS, in the areas of ethics and CSR, HR management and corporate transformation, culture and management. He directs a number of executive (public or corporate) programmes in Europe and in Asia.

FRANCOIS LEPINEUX is a Research Fellow at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, and Associate Professor of Corporate Global Responsibility at BEM Management School, Bordeaux, France. After graduating from HEC Paris School of Management in 1990, he has carried on various research and consulting activities, and received a PhD in Management Science at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Mtiers (CNAM, Paris). He is co-author of the book Sustainable Development and Corporate Governance (Paris: Editions dOrganisation, 2003, in French) and has produced a number of other publications. His areas of research include the relationship between business activities and the search for the common good, ethical issues in the financial services industry, as well as stakeholder theory, the emergence of a global civil society and the shift in the social contract. Franois Lpineux is co-founder and past-President (2002-2005) of ADERSE (Association pour le Dveloppement de lEnseignement et de la Recherche sur la Responsabilit Sociale de lEntreprise), the French academic association for the development of education and interdisciplinary research on CSR.

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Table of Contents

Explaining the Take-Off of Socially Responsible Investment—P.Arena
Insurers Corporate Responsibility Policies: A Response to the Industrys Bad Image?—H-C.de Bettignies
Is Financial Pressure for Sustainability, Sustainable?—P.Dembinski
The Relative Valuation of Socially Responsible Firms: An Exploratory Study—A. Fatemi, I. Fooladi and D.Wheeler
Microfinance, Financial Inclusion and Social Responsibility—I. Gurin, M. Roesch and J-M. Servet
The future of finance? Sustainable Banking and the Banco Real Model—L. Johnson and C. Scholten
Putting Human Rights on the Agenda: The Use of Shareholder Proposals to Address Corporate Human Rights Performance;
A. Kanzer
Socially Responsible Investment: Global Convergence or Local Divergence?—C.Louche
Building the Case for Long-Term Investing in Stock Markets: Breaking Free from the Short-Term Measurement Dilemma—
S.Lydenberg
Financing Agriculture in Developing Countries: Governance Models Promoting Sustainability—S.Morvant-Roux
Disarming Finance: the Case of the Financing of a Human Right, Access to Water Resources—R.Petrella
Investments for Sustainability: The Business Case in Support of Innovation, Development and Implementation of Sustainable Development Solutions in the 21st Century—A.White

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