Sustainability indices: do investors actually care?

In the face of social, environmental, and financial disruptions, more attention is being paid to corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, and sustainability benchmarks have multiplied. But does a firm’s listing in a CSR index really matter to investors? HEC researchers investigated how important inclusion in the leading global CSR benchmark, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index […]

Corporate leaders: It’s time to lead on climate policy

At this vital moment in the global climate crisis, corporate leadership on climate policy is a top priority. This week, I joined ten other executives of leading nonprofit organizations in an open letter calling on corporate CEOs to use their voice, their global platforms, their credibility, and their networks to support a policy agenda to get us […]

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 […]

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