Found 46 article(s) for author 'George Serafeim'

Four Things No One Will Tell You About ESG Data

Four Things No One Will Tell You About ESG Data. George Serafeim, July 2, 2019, Paper, “As the ESG finance field and the use of ESG data in investment decision‐making continue to grow, the authors seek to shed light on several important aspects of ESG measurement and data. This article is intended to provide a useful guide for the rapidly rising number of people entering the field. The authors focus on the following…Link

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3 Ways Investors Can Pressure Companies to Take Sustainability Seriously

3 Ways Investors Can Pressure Companies to Take Sustainability Seriously. George Serafeim, June 23, 2019, Paper, “Climate change and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are not political or partisan topics, and not limited to niche investors. Measuring and analyzing ESG information is becoming an important activity for any investor who seeks to optimize risk and return —a growing body of evidence shows that companies with strong ESG policies produce better financial results. Academic research analyzing 2,000 U.S. companies from 1993 to 2014 shows higher profit margins and superior risk-adjusted returns for those that made significant ESG investments to improve their performance on industry-specific material ESG…Link

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Harvard Business School Broadcast (Podcast)

Harvard Business School Broadcast (Podcast). Jan Rivkin, George Serafeim, William Kerr, June 20, 2019, Audio, “Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Joel Weber talks about Businessweek Best B-Schools rankings. Scott Sperling, Co-President at Thomas Lee Partners, explains why companies are taking longer to go public. Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy, talks about launching a partnership with NWEA. John Connaughton, Co-Managing Partner at Bain Capital, discusses opportunities in private equity investing. Jan Rivkin, Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School, talks about the HBS MBA program. George Serafeim, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, shares his thoughts on ESG and impact investing. Kelley Morrell, Head of Tactical Opportunities at Blackstone, talks opportunities beyond traditional private equity. Bill Kerr, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, discusses managing the future of work. Jonathan Nelson, Founder and CEO at Providence Equity, talks about investing in live events and the value of content. Hosts: Carol Massar and Jason Kelly. Producer: Paul Brennan.Link

 

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Yes, Sustainability Can Be a Strategy

Yes, Sustainability Can Be a Strategy. George Serafeim, February 11, 2019, Opinion, “In recent years, a growing number of companies around the world have voluntarily adopted and implemented a broad range of sustainability practices. The accelerating rate of adoption of these practices has also provoked a debate about the nature of sustainability and its long-term implications for organizations. Is the adoption of sustainability practices a form of strategic differentiation that can lead to superior financial performance? Or, is it a strategic necessity that can ensure corporate survival but not necessarily outperformance?Link

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The Economic Significance of Long‐Term Plans

The Economic Significance of Long‐Term Plans. George Serafeim, November 2018, Paper, “Short-termism in capital markets has increasingly become a concern for both companies and the investor community. Although there have been widespread calls for investors and companies to pay more attention to the long-term, until recently there was no platform for companies to exchange long-term information with their long-term investors. CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) presents a solution to this structural gap in corporateshareholder communications, with CEO-Investor Forums providing the stage for CEOs to share their long-term strategic plans with institutional investors.Link

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Financing the Response to Climate Change: The Pricing and Ownership of U.S. Green Bonds

Financing the Response to Climate Change: The Pricing and Ownership of U.S. Green Bonds. Malcolm Baker, George Serafeim, April 27, 2018, Paper, “Estimates suggest that mitigating and adapting to climate change will cost trillions of dollars. We study the developing market for green bonds, which are bonds whose proceeds are used for environmentally sensitive purposes. After an overview of the U.S. corporate and municipal green bonds market, we study pricing and ownership patterns of municipal green bonds using a framework that incorporates assets with nonpecuniary
sources of utility. The results support the prediction that green bonds are issued at a premium to otherwise similar ordinary bonds—that is, with lower yields—on an after-tax basis.Link

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Sustainability: a new way of doing business

Sustainability: a new way of doing business. George Serafeim, March 22, 2018, Audio, “George Serafeim is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has a wide range of research interests including international business, corporate governance and corporate reporting, with a special focus on sustainability. George has presented his research in over 60 countries and is one of the most popular business authors, according to rankings of the Social Science Research Network.Link

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George Serafeim on employment, inequality, and the relationship between corporate purpose and financial performance

George Serafeim on employment, inequality, and the relationship between corporate purpose and financial performance March 2018. GrowthPolicy’s Devjani Roy interviewed George Serafeim, Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, on employment, inequality, and the relationship between corporate purpose and financial performance. | Click here for more interviews like this one. Links: […]

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Does Sustainable Investing Lead to Lower Returns?

Does Sustainable Investing Lead to Lower Returns? George Serafeim, January 25, 2018, Paper, “Taking into account the work that the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has done in identifying material ESG issues, industry by industry, in another study we analyzed more than 2,000 stocks over 22 years and showed that firms improving their performance on material ESG issues, such as on environmental impact in the power sector, workplace safety in the mining sector, and employee inclusiveness in the information-technology sector, have significantly higher future risk-adjusted returns. A negative screening in the oil-and-gas sector would exclude all companies, while an ESG integration approach would take into account how different firms are investing in renewable-energy generation and electric charging stations, dimensions on which Shell and Exxon Mobil, for instance, look very different. […]we documented that development of ESG funds is driven by marketing goals as opposed to investment logic.Link

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Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling Poverty and Inequality

Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling Poverty and Inequality. Robert Kaplan, George Serafeim, January 2018, Paper, “More than a billion people in the developing world remain in extreme poverty and outside the formal economy. Traditional CSR programs have done little to alleviate the situation and rarely produce transformative change. Instead of trying to fix local problems, the authors argue, corporations need to reimagine the regional ecosystems in which they participate. They should search for systemic, multisector opportunities; mobilize complementary partners; and obtain seed and scale-up financing from organizations with a mission to alleviate poverty.Link

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