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Corporate Sustainability - an Investor Perspective: The Mays Report

Department of the Environment and Heritage
2003
ISBN 0642549524


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Executive Summary

Sustainability continues to grow as both a challenge and opportunity for businesses and their investors. Corporate Sustainability - an Investor Perspective examines sustainability issues through the eyes of investors. This perspective has been shaped through a series of listed company case studies, examining a diversity of applications of sustainability principles at the individual business level.

The aim of the report is to contribute to awareness of sustainability as an investment tool. The report does not seek to define corporate sustainability but does highlight aspects of sustainability behaviour that contribute to risk minimisation and asset management. As an investment tool, sustainability offers insight into business efficiency and management competency. As a consequence it is deserving of greater prioritisation by both investors seeking sound long-term investments, and companies seeking to attract long term capital.

The report is offered in two parts. Part A of the report discusses the drivers behind corporate sustainability. Part B of the report contains a series of 10 case studies, documented across six business segments. The report should be read as a whole, however each part has been documented to enable individual consideration.

Some of the key findings of the report include

Corporate Sustainability - an Investor Perspective is produced as a steppingstone towards a greater understanding of sustainability, how companies apply sustainability principles and how investors can manage investment risks in a more holistic way in the pursuit of outstanding financial returns.