Boards and Sustainable Value Creation The Legal Entity, Co-Determination and Other Means

Veldman, Jeroen. Boards and sustainable Value Creation: the legal entity, Co-determination and other means. European Business Law Review 30, no. 2 (2019): 279-300.

22 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2019 Last revised: 12 Apr 2019

Date Written: March 4, 2019

Abstract

Boards of directors face growing pressures to engage with systemic risks and sustainable value creation. In this article I explore how an entity view in company law provides a consideration of the status, architecture and purpose of the modern corporation that theoretically offers the capacity to integrate such issues in corporate strategy. I also explore how specific models of corporate architecture such as co-determination relate to such an entity view. Exploring different perspectives on the VW case I show how a dominant view of corporate governance conflicts with the assumptions underlying codetermination. In relation to these issues I argue that the entity view and co-determination do not provide panacea for the reform of corporate governance theory and practice, but provide conceptual building blocks that may be used to engage in a creative way with notions of status, architecture and purpose in order to enhance the capacity for company directors to engage with systemic risks and sustainable value creation in corporate strategy.

Keywords: sustainability, systemic risk, sustainable value creation, enterprise chamber, corporate governance, co-determination, two-tier board, entity theory, corporate architecture

JEL Classification: L21, N24, P12, P16

Suggested Citation

Veldman, Jeroen, Boards and Sustainable Value Creation The Legal Entity, Co-Determination and Other Means (March 4, 2019). Veldman, Jeroen. Boards and sustainable Value Creation: the legal entity, Co-determination and other means. European Business Law Review 30, no. 2 (2019): 279-300., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3346460
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