Evaluating the governance of responsible investment institutions: an environmental and social perspective

Cadman, Timothy (2011) Evaluating the governance of responsible investment institutions: an environmental and social perspective. Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, 1 (1). pp. 20-29. ISSN 2043-0795

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This article addresses some of the problems associated with the integration of environmental and social values into the activities of contemporary responsible investment institutions. The first of these relates to the current participation gap between internal and external interests in responsible investment decision-making. The second problem concerns the lack of certainty regarding the nor- mative basis under which multi-stakeholders should participate in institutional governance. Thirdly, there is at present no analytical framework with which to evaluate the institutional quality of responsible investment within the context of the global economy. In response, and building upon existing research in the realms of international relations and environmental politics, the article uses a framework of principles, criteria and indicators to evaluate responsible investment institutions. The assumptions of this framework are tested against a small-scale attitudes survey regarding the governance quality of contemporary responsible invest- ment institutions. Recognizing the shortcomings of such a small study, the article nevertheless finds a variety of perspectives, which indicate that the integration of multi-stakeholders in responsible investment institutions still has some way to go. The article con- cludes with some observations on the nature of stakeholder involvement in responsible investment, comments on the extent to which the environmental social aspects of governance can be said to be institutionally embedded, and offers some reflections on the contribution of such an approach to governance analysis as a method for evaluating the contribution of responsible invest- ment institutions to advancing sustainable development.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 01:48
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental politics; governance; international relations; sustainable development
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1502 Banking, Finance and Investment > 150203 Financial Institutions (incl. Banking)
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9105 Measurement Standards and Calibration Services > 910501 Agricultural and Environmental Standards
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3763/jsfi.2010.0004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18752

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