How Corporate Governance and Powerful CEOs Can Affect Environmental Performance

On 05/02/2014, in Corporate Governance, Corporate Sustainability, CSR, ESG, by Dr. Paola Fiore

Corporate Governance and Environmental Performance

 

An interesting, recent study has investigated how the relationships between company’s owners, its managers and boards of directors may influence its environmental performance.

Today, many companies want to make a positive impact on their stakeholders, including the public, and the environment through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, and some include social impacts in their corporate goals.

While internationally recognized voluntary initiatives, such as the UN Global Compact and International Corporate Governance Network, encourage companies to include social goals into their governance agenda, only few of these schemes offer any detailed guidance on how to build socially accountable governance structures.

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A Sustainable Innovation Governance to Solve Environmental and Social Problems

On 16/07/2012, in Corporate Sustainability, Eco-Innovation, Environmental Policy, by Dr. Paola Fiore

 

Sustainability, Innovation and Governance could be easily considered as the three long-term fundamentals of any effective public policy and business strategy to achieve competitiveness and growth, promote economic recovery and solve environmental and social problems.

Although we usually refer to innovation as “technological innovation” – the process through which new, or improved, technologies are developed and brought into widespread use – we need to remember that also “social and environmental innovation” is necessary to help society to adapt to present and future social and environmental challenges.

As discussions on technological innovations develop, an increased recognition for the need of new governance approaches, tools and authorities also arise. These new approaches move away from the current, narrow focus about risk assessment based on scientific evidence, to ones more adaptive, which include societal engagement and participation as central elements.

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Sustainability Makes Good Business Sense

 

Sustainability can make good business sense, because it can originate extensive and positive environmental and social impacts in medium long term, as well as have significant implications for both global and local economies, as well as for international and national financial markets.

The present idea of making business more sustainable should not be considered the latest corporate “fashion trend” in business development strategy and organizational change management, but as an issue that cannot be postponed and as a “moral imperative” for all those, who are willing to preserve business and social growth and their long-term survival.

Without a growing and secure world-wide economy, stable international currencies and markets and reliable investments, there is no successful business and “healthy” society, neither a “safe” place to live for any human being, and no preserved natural resource and environment for next generations.

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