Found 47 article(s) for author 'George Serafeim'

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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Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism?

Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism? George Serafeim, December 7, 2017, Opinion, “The investment industry is changing. Among other things, there is growing demand from both retail and institutional investors to align their capital with better environmental and social outcomes, and more resources going into index fund or quasi-indexing products. These two trends may seem separate—or, some people believe, incompatible—but together I believe they have the power to improve finance’s role in the world. Index funds can be a force for sustainable capitalism.Link

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Does Financial Misconduct Affect the Future Compensation of Alumni Managers?

Does Financial Misconduct Affect the Future Compensation of Alumni Managers? Boris Groysberg, George Serafeim, November 15, 2017, Paper, “We explore how an organization’s financial misconduct may affect pay for former employees not implicated in wrongdoing. Drawing on stigma theory we hypothesize that although such alumni did not participate in the financial misconduct and they had left the organization years before the misconduct, they experience a compensation penalty. Our results support this prediction. The stigma effect increases in relation to the job function proximity to the misconduct, recency of the misconduct, and an employee’s seniority. Collectively, our results suggest that the stigma of financial misconduct could reach alumni employees and need not be confined to executives and directors that oversaw the organization during the misconduct.” Link

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Summa Equity: Building Purpose-Driven Organizations

Summa Equity: Building Purpose-Driven Organizations. George Serafeim, November 2017, Case, “In 2015, Reynir Indahl left top Nordic private equity firm Altor Equity Partners to found Summa Equity (Summa). After long contemplation following the financial crisis, Indahl was convinced the financial system was producing negative externalities and that the current private equity model adopted by most firms would no longer be successful. Summa was developed under a new private equity model that sought to “future-proof” businesses by focusing on long term value creation and growth, in addition to traditional private equity practices of implementing best practices and productivity improvements.Link

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Investors as Stewards of the Commons?

Investors as Stewards of the Commons? George Serafeim, August 8, 2017, Paper, “Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of initiatives seeking to mobilize investor voice towards positive social impact. In this paper, I provide a framework outlining the role of investors as stewards of the commons. While companies are increasingly addressing environmental and social issues that also improve their economic value, for some of these issues individual company action is costly. At the same time, for a further subset of those issues, company action coupled with collaboration between companies is value enhancing. However, collaboration between companies is notoriously difficult and fragile requiring commitment mechanisms.Link

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How Laws and Culture Hold Back Socially Minded Companies

How Laws and Culture Hold Back Socially Minded Companies. George Serafeim, May 17, 2017, Paper, “Lots of business leaders want their organizations to have a positive social impact. They’d like to pursue a purpose and do good, not just deliver financial results. So why don’t they? In our conversations with business leaders we have heard two recurring obstacles: a culture of short-termism and the fact that corporate law puts shareholders first.Link

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Stop Waiting for Governments to Close the Skills Gap

Stop Waiting for Governments to Close the Skills Gap. George Serafeim, January 11, 2017, Case, “Donald Trump was elected with the promise to “make America great again.” But America was already great for some people. For example, America has been good for investors: The Dow Jones was at a record high before Trump got elected, and it has risen further since the election. But the country has not been great for workers, who have seen their wages stagnate or decline over the past 15–20 years. America needs to become a great place to work again. And this will only happen if we align the interests of workers and investors such that companies focus on worker well-being to deliver better financial results.Link

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Corporate Purpose and Financial Performance

Corporate Purpose and Financial Performance. George Serafeim, October 11, 2016, Paper, “An organization’s purpose is not a formal announcement, but depends on the employees believing in and acting to promote that purpose. This study provides evidence about whether employee beliefs in a strong corporate purpose are associated with superior or inferior financial performance. It shows that organizations where middle managers and salaried professionals feel a strong sense of purpose and have clarity about their job responsibilities and tasks experience superior future financial performance. There was no association for senior executives, sales, or hourly workers.Link

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Shareholder Activism on Sustainability Issues

Shareholder Activism on Sustainability Issues. George Serafeim, July 25, 2016, Paper, “A growing number of investors are now engaging companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, in addition to traditional executive compensation, shareholder rights, and board of directors’ topics. In 2013, nearly 40 percent of all shareholder proposals submitted to Russell 3000 companies related to ESG issues, representing a 60 percent increase since 2003 (Proxy Voting Analytics, 2014). The topics of ESG proposals are diverse, ranging from disclosure of political contributions and compliance with human rights policies, to the adoption of a climate change policy. The purpose of this paper is to test the effect that ESG proposals have on firms’ subsequent ESG performance and market valuation.Link

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The EU Has Trust Issues, and It’s Taking Down Greece’s Economy

The EU Has Trust Issues, and It’s Taking Down Greece’s Economy. George Serafeim, May 24, 2016, Opinion, “Uncertainty can severely affect an economy. Just look at what has happened in a short period of time to the UK economy. People are postponing major investment decisions after resolving the uncertainty over whether the UK stays in the EU or not. Supporters of Brexit hope that a UK outside the EU will be different. Opposition fears that a UK outside the EU will be different. But they both agree that it will be different. So given the prospect of a very different UK, people are not willing to commit capital and resources.Link

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