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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The Role of Senior Leaders in Corporate Sustainability

The Role of Senior Leaders in Corporate Sustainability

What is the role of senior leaders in corporate sustainability? To not only create a clear vision but also communicate it appropriately. It is time for corporate leaders to question traditional practices and start talking about what really is important: how they will ensure long-term shared value creation.

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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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