Sustainability in the Mainstream: Why Investors Care and What it Means for Corporate Boards

The Conference Board - Director Notes, November 2017

Posted: 4 Dec 2017

Date Written: November 27, 2017

Abstract

Many corporate boards know that a clear focus on sustainability and other “environmental, social, and governance” (ESG) issues can drive integrated thinking and set them apart from their peers, but shareholder activism around ESG issues is less well understood. As institutional investors deepen their engagement with companies on ESG concerns, directors need to understand what is driving these trends and what new competencies shareholders demand from corporate boards.

Keywords: Sustainability, ESG, Institutional Investors, Corporate Governance, Investor Stewardship, UNPRI, Proxy Voting, Shareholder Proposal

JEL Classification: K22, K32, M14

Suggested Citation

Ho, Virginia E., Sustainability in the Mainstream: Why Investors Care and What it Means for Corporate Boards (November 27, 2017). The Conference Board - Director Notes, November 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3080033

Virginia E. Ho (Contact Author)

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