Responsible Business

Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit. Book (summary)
The Social Responsibility of Business. TEDx talk
Purposeful Business: The Evidence and the Implementation. Gresham College public lecture (transcript)
Finding the Purpose of Your BusinessEconomia column
Future Leaders, Take Note: Finance and Sustainability Go Together. Financial Times
Corporate Governance Green Paper is a Call to ArmsFinancial Times article on how businesses must create long-term value for society
Why Purpose is Critical for Long-Term SuccessWorld Economic Forum
There Is No Tradeoff Between Profit and PurposeHuffington Post

Video Interviews / Debates

Stakeholder Capitalism: The Case For and Against. Debate with Harvard’s Prof. Lucian Bebchuk hosted by the FT’s Gillian Tett
The Power of Purposeful Business. Interview by FT Management Editor Andrew Hill

The End of ESG

A Progressive’s Case for Getting Rid of ‘ESG’Wall Street Journal

Why Shareholder Value is Much More Responsible Than Often Thought

What Stakeholder Capitalism Can Learn From Milton Friedman. ProMarket
What Stakeholder Capitalism Can Learn From Jensen and Meckling. ProMarket
Two Years Later, Has the Business Roundtable Statement Transformed Capitalism? ProMarket
The Social Responsibility of Business Includes Profits. ProMarket
Critique of European Commission’s Study on Sustainable Corporate Governance
Why Shareholder Capitalism Benefits Wider Society. VoxEU French version in Finance & Gestion

Does Sustainable Investing Work?

Is Sustainable Investing Really a Dangerous Placebo? Medium; a response to Tariq Fancy
Sweeping Statements Don’t Capture Nuance Investment & Pensions Europe; a response to Tariq Fancy
Does Sustainable Investing Deliver On Its Promises? The Conversation article
Does Socially Responsible Investing Make Financial Sense? Wall Street Journal debate, with both the “Yes” and “No” side

Say-on-Purpose

How to Give Shareholders a Say in Corporate Social Responsibility. Wall Street Journal

Sustainability Reporting

Response to the Financial Reporting Council’s consultation on corporate reporting
The Dangers of Sustainability Metrics. VoxEU
Why Companies Shouldn’t Tie Pay to ESG MetricsWall Street Journal
No Stakeholder Left Behind: The Dangers of ESG Metrics. Medium

Employee Well-Being

28 Years of Stock Market Data Shows a Link Between Employee Satisfaction and Firm ValueHarvard Business Review
Why Happier Workers Matter More Than You ThinkWorld Economic Forum
It’s Official: Why Doing Good By Your Employees Boost Stock PerformanceCityAM
VIDEO: Why Firms With Happy Employees Beat the Competition. Yahoo Finance interview

Access to Finance Blog

Do Banks Offer Complex Mortgages to Mislead Customers?

Do Banks Offer Complex Mortgages to Mislead Customers?

Banks are often accused of making money off complex products that consumers don't understand. In my book, I ...
Do Workers on Boards Protect Jobs in a Downturn?

Do Workers on Boards Protect Jobs in a Downturn?

A hot topic is whether companies should have workers on their boards, to ensure they act in the interest of ...
Grow The Pie in 28 tweets

Grow The Pie in 28 tweets

On 6 April, I did a Twitter discussion on my book, hosted by Blackwell's Bookshop. They asked me to start by ...
The Inconsistency of ESG Ratings: Implications for Investors

The Inconsistency of ESG Ratings: Implications for Investors

(This article was initially featured on the blog for my book, "Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both ...
A Layman’s Guide to Separating Causation from Correlation … and Noticing When Claims of Causality are Invalid

A Layman’s Guide to Separating Causation from Correlation … and Noticing When Claims of Causality are Invalid

Imagine you're the Minister for Education, deciding how large to make a school district. Smaller school districts ...
House of Commons Report on Corporate Governance

House of Commons Report on Corporate Governance

Today the House of Commons Select Committee on Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its ...
Long-Term Executive Incentives Improve Innovation and Corporate Responsibility

Long-Term Executive Incentives Improve Innovation and Corporate Responsibility

Executive compensation needs to be reformed. But, most of the calls for reform focus on the wrong dimensions. They ...
Does corporate social responsibility improve firm value?

Does corporate social responsibility improve firm value?

Does corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) improve firm value? When companies make decisions, should they care ...