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Book
xi, 334 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Responsible investing in an unsustainable world
  • The influence of responsible investment
  • Fiduciary finance law
  • Fiduciary law in retail and institutional finance
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • The public fiduciary : in nature's trust.
This book is about fiduciary law's influence on the financial economy's environmental performance, focusing on how the law affects responsible investing and considering possible legal reforms to shift financial markets closer towards sustainability. Fiduciary law governs how trustees, fund managers or other custodians administer the investment portfolios owned by beneficiaries. Written for a diverse audience, not just legal scholars, the book examines in a multi-jurisdictional context an array of philosophical, institutional and economic issues that have shaped the movement for responsible investing and its legal framework. Fiduciary law has acquired greater influence in the financial economy in tandem with the extraordinary recent growth of institutional funds such as pension plans and insurance company portfolios. While the fiduciary prejudice against responsible investing has somewhat waned in recent years, owing mainly to reinterpretations of fiduciary and trust law, significant barriers remain. This book advances the notion of 'nature's trust' to metaphorically signal how fiduciary responsibility should accommodate society's dependence on long-term environmental well-being. Financial institutions, managing vast investment portfolios on behalf of millions of beneficiaries, should manage those investments with regard to the broader social interest in sustaining ecological health. Even for their own financial self-interest, investors over the long-term should benefit from maintaining nature's capital. We should expect everyone to act in nature's trust, from individual funds to market regulators. The ancient public trust doctrine could be refashioned for stimulating this change, and sovereign wealth funds should take the lead in pioneering best practices for environmentally responsible investing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415691369 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
Book
xvi, 356 pages ; 24 cm
  • 1. Capitalism, the sustainability crisis and the limitations of current business governance Benjamin J. Richardson and Beate Sjafjell-- 2. Corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability David Millon-- 3. Shareholder primacy: the main barrier to sustainable companies Beate Sjafjell, Andrew Johnston, Linn Anker-Sorensen and David Millon-- 4. The role of board directors in promoting environmental sustainability Blanaid Clarke-- 5. Accounting, auditing and reporting: supporting or obstructing the sustainable companies objective? Charlotte Villiers and Jukka Mahonen-- 6. Financial markets and socially responsible investing Benjamin J. Richardson-- 7. Limits to corporate reform and alternative legal structures Carol Liao-- 8. The future for company law and sustainability Beate Sjafjell and Benjamin J. Richardson.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107043275 20160618
This investigation of the barriers to and opportunities for promoting environmental sustainability in company law provides an in-depth comparative analysis of company law regimes across the world. The social norm of shareholder primacy is the greatest barrier preventing progress, and it also helps explain why voluntary action by companies and investors is insufficient. By deconstructing the myth that shareholder primacy has a legal basis and challenging the economic postulates on which mainstream corporate governance debate is based, Company Law and Sustainability reveals a surprisingly large unexplored potential within current company law regimes for companies to reorient themselves towards sustainability. It also suggests possible methods of reforming the existing legal infrastructure for companies and provides an important contribution to the broader debate on how to achieve sustainability.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107043275 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
Book
1 online resource (374 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
  • 1. Capitalism, the sustainability crisis and the limitations of current business governance Benjamin J. Richardson and Beate Sjafjell-- 2. Corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability David Millon-- 3. Shareholder primacy: the main barrier to sustainable companies Beate Sjafjell, Andrew Johnston, Linn Anker-Sorensen and David Millon-- 4. The role of board directors in promoting environmental sustainability Blanaid Clarke-- 5. Accounting, auditing and reporting: supporting or obstructing the sustainable companies objective? Charlotte Villiers and Jukka Mahonen-- 6. Financial markets and socially responsible investing Benjamin J. Richardson-- 7. Limits to corporate reform and alternative legal structures Carol Liao-- 8. The future for company law and sustainability Beate Sjafjell and Benjamin J. Richardson.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107043275 20160618
This investigation of the barriers to and opportunities for promoting environmental sustainability in company law provides an in-depth comparative analysis of company law regimes across the world. The social norm of shareholder primacy is the greatest barrier preventing progress, and it also helps explain why voluntary action by companies and investors is insufficient. By deconstructing the myth that shareholder primacy has a legal basis and challenging the economic postulates on which mainstream corporate governance debate is based, Company Law and Sustainability reveals a surprisingly large unexplored potential within current company law regimes for companies to reorient themselves towards sustainability. It also suggests possible methods of reforming the existing legal infrastructure for companies and provides an important contribution to the broader debate on how to achieve sustainability.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107043275 20160618

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