U.S. Investors’ Understanding of Workplace Policies and Practices and the Need to Change Them: Progress and Future Efforts

53 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2020

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Larry Beeferman

Harvard University - Labor and Worklife Program

Date Written: January 14, 2020

Abstract

There have been increasing efforts by investors to spur disclosure of companies' workplace-related policies and practices. This paper provides a "case of first impression" assessment of the state of the field of such efforts among U.S. investors. Part I describes attributes of some of the important actors - investors and investor-related organizations - in the field, including their goals, their particular focus on workplace-related issues, and the standards/frameworks/criteria for what should be disclosed relevant to such an analysis. Part II offers a characterization of the success of efforts in the field to date and details challenges posed to making further progress. Part III provides suggestions and ideas about how those challenges might be might.

Keywords: human capital, human rights, labor, supply chain, materiality, fiduciary duty

JEL Classification: G, J, M5, M14

Suggested Citation

Beeferman, Larry, U.S. Investors’ Understanding of Workplace Policies and Practices and the Need to Change Them: Progress and Future Efforts (January 14, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3518888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3518888

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