Social Impact Club | Alex Edmans: How to Assess Whether a Company is Truly Sustainable

Social Impact Club | Alex Edmans: How to Assess Whether a Company is Truly Sustainable

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Speaker Event Social Impact Finance Asset Management

Wed, 21 Oct 2020

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (GMT+1)

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Increasingly we look at companies to determine if they are ethical, as investors to allocate capital, customers to spend our money and employees to spend our career. But what does it mean for a company to be sustainable? If I am an investor, how can I assess a company for its sustainability practices?

Professor Edmans will be hosting this presentation and a Q&A to answer this pressing question. He will be referencing material from his new book, "How to Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit", and the many discussions he has had on the topic with institutional investors following it's publishing.

For those particularly interested in the subject, Professor Edmans suggests reading at least chapters 1-4 of "Grow the Pie".

This is part 1 of our Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage Speaker Series. In Part 2, we'll be discussing the world of sustainability reporting with professor Ioannis Ioannou and some leading industry experts

About Alex: 

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance.  Alex graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and fixed income sales and trading (New York).  After a PhD in Finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar, he joined Wharton in 2007 and was tenured in 2013 shortly before moving to LBS.

Alex’s research interests are in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, investment/growth/innovation, and M&A), behavioural finance, and responsible business. Alex serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, a UK consortium of leaders in responsible business, on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, and as an Advisor to Research Affiliates. His 2019/20 lecture series is on Business Skills for the 21st Century and his 2018/19 series was on How Business Can Better Serve Society. His book, Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, was published in March 2020 and headed the list of the Financial Times Business Books of the Month.



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