How SRI Has Changed the Business Case for Environmental Investments

The emergence of socially responsible investing (SRI) has changed the debt and equity landscape such that companies with fewer environmental concerns have a significantly lower cost of capital. This is a relatively new variable in making the business case for improving environmental performance with technology upgrades or other costly strategic investments. While justifications will differ […]

It’s time we see paying taxes as a sustainability issue

Instead of asking for tax credits for solar panels, ask if your firm is paying its fair share of taxes Although the United States already adopted sweeping tax reforms under the Trump administration, Congress is in the midst of planning further tax cuts. People are beginning to ask if these and previous tax cuts are […]

Pricing Carbon: An Exchange of Ideas

An Exchange of Ideas from ARCS President Thomas Lyon and ARCS Board Member Michael Lenox   On the Importance of Pricing Carbon Thomas Lyon Economists are famous for their contentiousness.  One of the ever-popular jokes about economists asks “What happens if you put 10 economists in a room?” Answer: “You get 11 opinions.”  Yet there […]

Voluntary Versus Mandatory Corporate Responsibility  System change will soon become the dominant issue in the corporate responsibility field and $23 trillion Sustainable/Responsible Investing (SRI) market. Flawed economic and political systems compel all companies to degrade the environment and society. These systems are the root causes of the major environmental, social and economic problems addressed by the UN Sustainable Development […]

Thinking ahead: AI and automating corporate ethics

The digital revolution has brought in a new dimension to the challenge of ensuring responsible behaviour The issue of corporate ethics is never far from the business media headlines. Take the troubles embroiling former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn, or the accounting problems at Patisserie Valerie in the UK, to name just two recent examples. Despite […]

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