How to Demonstrate the Value of Sustainable Business to Investors


October 2016

Corporate responsibility (CR) has grown at a rapid pace in the past two decades. More companies are taking action and reporting on their social, environmental and economic performance. Investors are also beginning to pay increasing attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

However, there is a disconnect. CR professionals are often unaware of how the ESG information they disclose is used by their investors, what kind of ESG information investors are actually looking for and ultimately which ESG factors they then incorporate into their decision making processes. This misalignment is hindering both investor engagement with long-term value creation and the integration of CR issues into corporate strategy.

This report by Corporate Citizenship in association with S&P Dow Jones Indices, looks at how to bridge the gap between Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility teams. It outlines the key barriers to long-term business thinking, explores how to demonstrate the value of sustainable business to investors and provides practical steps to facilitate collaboration between Investor Relations and CR professionals.

Click here to download the report.

The report is the first instalment of Corporate Citizenship’s Long-Term Value Project. If you would like more information on the project please get in touch.

Comments (2)

  1. ISABELA says:

    Companies need to adapt to the new business model. The sustainable business.

  2. Good morning,

    I would like to mention that it is curious that KPI’s are often considered missing, since at least in my field of aquaculture, and the investors I have interacted with, what they most pay attention to are the KPI’s, to monitor business growth, product market value, company valuation, among others.

    Perhaps as you say, it all depends on the individual investor mindset and the industry sector. Although I must agree that better alignment is needed between sustainability strategies and financial goals for successful implementation and compliance.

    Thank You for sharing your Report. Best,

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