Corporate Governance for Sustainability

Johnston, Andrew; Veldman, Jeroen; Eccles, Robert G.; Deakin, Simon F.; Davis, Jerry; Djelic, Marie-Laure; Pistor, Katharina; Segrestin, Blanche; Williams, Cynthia A.; Millon, David K.; Ireland, Philip; Sjåfjell, Beate; Bruner, Christopher M.; Talbot, Lorraine E.; Willmott, Hugh Christopher; Villiers, Charlotte Louise; Liao, Carol; Valiorgue, Bertrand; Glynos, Jason; Sayre, Todd L.; Morgan, Bronwen; Wartzman, Rick; Sikka, Prem; Gregor, Filip; Jacobs, David Carroll; Gill, Roger; Brown, Roger; Bavoso, Vincenzo; Lancastle, Neil; Matthaei, Julie; Taylor, Scott; Larsson-Olaison, Ulf; Cullen, Jay; Dignam, Alan J.; Joo, Thomas Wuil; O'Kelly, Ciarán; Keating, Con; Tomasic, Roman A.; Lilley, Simon; Tennent, Kevin; Robson, Keith; Maley, Willy; Chiu, Iris H-Y; McGaughey, Ewan; Rees, Chris; Boeger, Nina; Leaver, Adam; Moore, Marc T.; Paape, Leen; Meyer, Alan; Palazzi, Marcello; Kaul, Nitasha; Espinosa-Cristia, Juan Felipe; Kuhn, Timothy; Cooper, David J.; Soederberg, Susanne; Jansson, Andreas; Watson, Susan Mary; Sitbon, Ofer; Loughrey, Joan; Collison, David J.; McCulloch, Maureen; McCulloch, Maureen; Samanta, Navajyoti; Greenwood, Daniel J.H.; Thompson, Grahame F.; Keay, Andrew R.; Contu, Alessia; Rühmkorf, Andreas; Hull, Richard; Esser, Irene-Marie and Chabrak, Nihel. 2020. Corporate Governance for Sustainability. SSRN Electronic Journal, ISSN 1556-5068 [Article]

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The current model of corporate governance needs reform. There is mounting evidence that the practices of shareholder primacy drive company directors and executives to adopt the same short time horizon as financial markets. Pressure to meet the demands of the financial markets drives stock buybacks, excessive dividends and a failure to invest in productive capabilities. The result is a ‘tragedy of the horizon’, with corporations and their shareholders failing to consider environmental, social or even their own, long-term, economic sustainability.

With less than a decade left to address the threat of climate change, and with consensus emerging that businesses need to be held accountable for their contribution, it is time to act and reform corporate governance in the EU.

The statement puts forward specific recommendations to clarify the obligations of company boards and directors and make corporate governance practice significantly more sustainable and focused on the long term.

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corporate governance, company law, director duties, board obligations, sustainable finance action plan, sustainability strategy, ESG, shareholder primacy, sustainable development, climate change

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Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)


11 December 2019Accepted
7 January 2020Published

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28 Jan 2020 13:17

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17 Feb 2020 16:00


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