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What's Happening? - Responsibility

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Please see below selected recent intelligence about responsibility. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at corporates, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.


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June 2016


  • McKinsey says the investment community is failing to deliver on corporate social responsibility, “Institutional investors face a moment of truth about their commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. Many have long realized that these issues—including climate change, workplace diversity, and long-standing corporate concerns such as executive compensation—can drive risks and returns. Many large institutional investors have publicly committed themselves to integrate ESG factors into their investing. The UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment have been signed by more than 1,500 investors and managers, representing nearly $60 trillion in assets under management. Yet look a little deeper, and it’s clear that many investors have struggled to convert their commitment into practice. Less than 1% of the total capital of the 15 largest US public pension funds is allocated to ESG-specific strategies. Many institutional investors continue to treat ESG as a sideshow rather than an integral part of their investing. While ESG and corporate-governance teams are commonplace, they are often held at arm’s length from core investment activities. Faced with rising stakeholder demand for meaningful action, institutions that get out in front of the growing wave will be the first to reap the benefits of sound ESG investing: better returns, lower risk, and a more sustainable world.”





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