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Corporate Social Responsibility

Perspectives for Sustainable Corporate Governance

Catherine Malecki

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is setting new missions for companies and shining a welcome light on issues such as the behaviour of board members, shared value, the well-being of stakeholders, the protection of vulnerable individuals and the roles played by public opinion and shareholders. This timely book seeks to lay the foundations for a sustainable corporate governance based on the European Commission definition of CSR as ‘the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society’. More generally, this sustainable corporate governance responds to some of the pressing challenges of the 21st century, from sustainable finance and climate change to carbon reduction and population growth.
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Chapter 14: Review of questions

Perspectives for Sustainable Corporate Governance

Catherine Malecki

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The links between sustainable corporate governance and CSR are becoming increasingly close. Climate finance will be a key factor in the development of not only renewable energies but also sustainable corporate governance. Questions around issues such as labelling, the standardisation of non-financial rating and oversight of non-financial rating agencies will arise. Together with Eurosif (the European association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment), the EU has grasped the importance of this need, along with many private initiatives (such as the Green Bond Principles). Sustainable finance is a diverse and rapidly expanding field that must combine investors’ financial and economic objectives with social, environmental, ethical, cultural and educational considerations. This type of finance is on the rise thanks to European, international and national initiatives, making it a global movement. This small area of finance is destined to grow much bigger in the future. The EU has taken a lead in this area by setting up a High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance.

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