The Human Capital Dimensions of Sustainable Investment: What Investment Analysts Need to Know
18 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 22, 2013
This paper identifies a number of questions that need to be answered if the growing interest in building investment portfolios of firms that follow socially and environmentally sustainable practices is to be successful in transforming the financial institutions and analysts from a liability to an asset in expanding the number of sustainable firms in the economy. Evidence from three decades of research on “high performance workplace practices” is reviewed that identifies what is required for firms to align human capital and financial strategies. A longer term research and education agenda is presented for answering the remaining open questions.
Keywords: human capital, sustainatbility, investment
JEL Classification: labor, organization theory, human resources
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