KKS Insights - the new way to stay up to date with the latest sustainability research

KKS Insights - the new way to stay up to date with the latest sustainability research

KKS Insights is our new way to clearly and simply communicate our cutting-edge research on sustainable business strategy, ESG investment practices and much, much more. Read our first edition, and subscribe today. 

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Corporate Purpose: The Role of Law and Culture

Corporate Purpose: The Role of Law and Culture

Many companies are now seeking a way to signal their purpose – their reason for being beyond profit. Yet a key barrier that companies face is the dominant rhetoric of shareholder value maximization, which urges managers to focus on short term profits, often at the expense of society and the environment. We ask if new 'purpose-driven' solutions are a response to corporate law being seen as too restrictive, or a response to certain cultural factors that drive behaviour. Our statistical analysis suggests that law and culture both play an important role. 

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Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

Received wisdom is that the more diverse that executive teams are in terms of age, ethnicity, and gender, the more creative and productive they are likely to be. But having run strategic execution exercises around the world more than 100 times over the last 12 years, we have found no correlation between this type of diversity and performance. Since there is so much focus on the importance of diversity in problem solving, we were intrigued by these results. If not diversity, what accounts for variability in performance? We wanted to understand what leads some groups to succeed and others to crash and burn. This led us to consider differences that go beyond gender, ethnicity, or age. We began to look more closely at cognitive diversity.

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The Evolving Role of the Corporation in Society

The Evolving Role of the Corporation in Society

Large corporations in society have a purpose, and that purpose extends beyond simply making profits. Rather, corporations are assuming broader responsibilities that increasingly affect their valuation in the stock market and their value to society. Because corporations are the world’s most powerful engines for growth and prosperity, this behavior is a positive development with global impact. By understanding corporations’ environmental and social activities and integrating this understanding in investment decisions, investors can advance and benefit from companies’ creation of long-term value.

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The Art of Business Strategy. Is Integrated Reporting a continuation of strategy by other means?

The Art of Business Strategy. Is Integrated Reporting a continuation of strategy by other means?

Integrated reporting is about integrated thinking, by which we imply considerations about the short, medium and long term outlook of the company. Integrated thinking is forward thinking that also takes into account the past performance of the company, but unlike corporate reporting (extensively backward-looking financial statements), it emphasises perspectives on strategy and decision-making that are forward-looking

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Is the “craze” with SUSTAINABILITY justified?

Is the “craze” with SUSTAINABILITY justified?

It appears that sustainability is not a new corporate “craze”, but a warranted innovation in the way companies think about and operate their business. Becoming a High Sustainability company not only transforms the firm in a positive way, but also guarantees strong performance in the long-term, better brand image, and higher chances of taking a leadership position. 

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