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The Responsible Investment Series


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The ground-breaking Responsible Investment series provides a forum for outstanding empirical and theoretical work on all aspects of responsible investment, allowing the tensions and practical realities of responsible investment to be addressed in a readable, robust and conceptually and empirically rigorous format.

Setting the scene. Responsible investment: transforming finance?

The number of investment organizations that have made commitments to responsible investment has grown dramatically over the past five years. Perhaps the clearest demonstration of this is that over 1,000 asset owners and asset managers from across the world have now signed the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and have committed to taking account of environmental, social and governance issues in their investment research and decision-making processes and in their engagement with the companies in which they are invested. There is growing evidence that responsible investment can enhance investment performance and can contribute to significant improvements in corporate practices, reporting and performance on environmental, social and governance issues. Yet important questions remain. Can responsible investment strategies systematically deliver better investment returns for all investors? Can responsible investment really deliver better social and environmental outcomes, or a more sustainable world? Does responsible investment really signal a substantive change in investment practice or is it, at its heart, a business-as-usual strategy? What role, if any, can responsible investment play in preventing a recurrence of the global financial crisis? What are the wider implications of responsible investment for stakeholders such as civil society, governments and companies?

Greenleaf is currently accepting proposals for this series. We are particularly interested in contributions on the following topics:

  • The investment performance and environmental, social and governance outcomes from responsible investment, across different asset classes (equities, fixed income, commodities, government debt, private equity, hedge funds, fund-of-fund strategies, etc.)
  • Responsible investment by different actors (e.g. pension funds, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, insurance companies), and in different geographic regions
  • Institutions, structures and organizations (e.g. the role played by collaborative initiatives such as the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the environmental, social and governance outcomes they have delivered)
  • The public policy implications of responsible investment, and the role that responsible investment has played in public policy debates on both specific environmental, social and governance issues, and on wider capital market issues. This could also include questions such as the accountability of investors for their actions, investor transparency and the governance of responsible investment
  • The changing investment landscape and the implications for responsible investment. This includes stakeholder perspectives on and approaches to responsible investment, legal issues around responsible investment (e.g. debates on fiduciary duty), and the effects of the changing structure of investment markets (e.g. moves from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes, customer choice)
  • Building the market for responsible investment, focusing on how the number of organizations making commitments to responsible investment can be increased and on how the breadth and depth of their activities can be enhanced

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The Business of Farm Animal Welfare

The Business of Farm Animal Welfare

Nicky Amos, Rory Sullivan
July 27, 2017

Globally, nearly 70 billion animals are farmed annually for meat, milk and eggs. Two-thirds of these are farmed intensively. The views held by food companies on animal stewardship, and the management practices and processes that they adopt are, therefore, of critical importance in determining the...

Principles and Practice of Impact Investing: A Catalytic Revolution

Principles and Practice of Impact Investing: A Catalytic Revolution

Veronica Vecchi, Luciano Balbo, Manuela Brusoni, Stefano Caselli
August 01, 2016

Impact investing is gaining global attention from society, governments and businesses. Increasingly, it is seen as a new paradigm to deal with the economic crisis and curtailed public budgets, an answer to the diversified needs of society. It now ranks high on the policy agenda of governments and...

The Responsible Investor Handbook: Mobilizing Workers' Capital for a Sustainable World

The Responsible Investor Handbook: Mobilizing Workers' Capital for a Sustainable World

Thomas Croft, Annie Malhotra
July 24, 2016

For decades, workers’ capital stewards have invested wisely to provide a secure retirement for millions of people around the world. This money – our money – represents an enormous share of economic and capital market wealth. It has seeded and grown innumerable innovative industries that have...

The Long Hedge: Preserving Organisational Value through Climate Change Adaptation

The Long Hedge: Preserving Organisational Value through Climate Change Adaptation

Jason West
January 31, 2014

Part of the Greenleaf Publishing Responsible Investment Series.Mitigating and adapting to risks and changing circumstances is a natural part of doing business. But methods of mitigating and adapting can be quite different in terms of time, cost and observed impacts. The impacts of mitigation...

Dilemmas in Responsible Investment

Dilemmas in Responsible Investment

Céline Louche, Steve Lydenberg
June 01, 2011

Imagine that you are a responsible investment money manager. One of your clients is asking you to sell her holdings in a company because it has been accused in the press of contracting with suppliers that have abusive labour conditions. You have to evaluate and benchmark the CSR performance of...

Valuing Corporate Responsibility: How Do Investors Really Use Corporate Responsibility Information?

Valuing Corporate Responsibility: How Do Investors Really Use Corporate Responsibility Information?

Rory Sullivan
March 01, 2011

Investors have taken a long time to pay attention to corporate responsibility. Despite the growing number of companies that were taking action to manage the social and environmental impacts of their activities and operations and that were reporting on their corporate responsibility performance,...

Responsible Investment

Responsible Investment

Rory Sullivan, Craig Mackenzie
February 01, 2006

Most investment today is conducted by a relatively small number of institutional investors – pension funds and investment managers – who manage the pensions and saving funds of millions of ordinary people. The manner in which these institutional investors invest and discharge their responsibilities...

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