Tag Archive for: ESG

The Most Egregious Failure in ESG

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A major stock index that tracks sustainable investments dropped electric vehicle-maker Tesla from its list in May 2022—but it kept oil giant ExxonMobil.

Compliance Officers as “Ministers for the Future”

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In The Ministry for the Future, science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson draws a truly harrowing picture of the cataclysmic harm that climate change could inflict on our planet in the not-so-distant future. His tale is also about…

Does Tesla Deserve to Be Treated as an ESG Champion?

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If ESG investing is to fulfill its promise of encouraging better corporate behavior, it needs a better “S” framework. In January, Tesla, a company with a market capitalization of more than $1 trillion, announced “breakthrough” 2021…

ESG and the Risk of Moral Licensing

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One study on consumer behavior suggested that shoppers who brought their own bags felt licensed to buy more junk food. We are entering an era of unprecedented Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) imperatives, which will hopefully…

Any True ESG Focus on Executive Pay Needs a Link to Employee Engagement

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Too often “of material value to shareholders” is used as the great duck out on fundamental questions of human values. More than half of the 100 Financial Times Stock Exchange CEOs have had their salaries frozen this year. The news comes…

Dan Ariely and the Science of Human Capital

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In this episode of the Capital Allocators podcast, host Ted Seides speaks with Ethical Systems collaborator Dan Ariely about his ongoing work quantifying human capital—how employees' motivation and feelings about their companies,…

Don’t Underestimate the Experience of Doing the Right Thing

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As Patagonia makes clear, nothing compares to the awesome power of doing the right thing as the foundation of lasting success. Patagonia has long been considered one of the world’s most-admired companies. Apart from their millions of…

Change the Paradigm, Change the System: A Conversation with Denise Hearn

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Listen to "#27 - Change the Paradigm, Change the System: A Conversation with Denise Hearn" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Denise Hearn about the most significant opportunities and concerns with…

How Investors Can Lead the Shift Toward Stakeholder Capitalism

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The overwhelming focus on correlating highly imperfect ESG metrics with financial performance risks drowning out more promising avenues of research on how to meaningfully encourage a broader and longer-term approach to value creation. It’s…

Survey: Business Leaders See Ethics as a Competitive Advantage

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Business leaders, according to the study, “feel a growing responsibility to exert their influence on broader societal challenges, from climate change to deforestation to racial and gender equality.” ESG is turning out to be an abbreviation…