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Understanding Shareholder Value

The Evolution of Value Series - Part 2, by Wayne Visser
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Today, many of us are more familiar with shareholder value than subsistence value. Shareholders are an ingenious invention dating back to the creation of the first corporations in the 17th century. Before then, while subsistence value prevailed, business and trade happened mostly at a small and local scale. Merchants tended to self-fund their enterprises, reaching out to their extended family or a wealthy benefactor for funds.

Potential Over Profits: In Conversation With Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ Jean-Luc Beylat

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Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France President Jean-Luc Beylat—who recently spoke at a Grand Débats event at BSR's Paris office—sees the potential for innovation to solve sustainability challenges. But can long-term thinking and fast-paced technology coexist?

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Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France President Jean-Luc Beylat—who recently spoke at a Grand Débats event at BSR's Paris office—sees the potential for innovation to solve sustainability challenges. But can long-term thinking and fast-paced technology coexist?

What's Wrong with Maximizing Shareholder Value?

It's ironic that a goal so deeply entrenched in business is causing the very problem it was intended to cure, and the counter voices are getting louder
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It is time to take a hard look at the universally accepted principle that the goal of business is to maximize shareholder value.

Shared Value Insights from UBS' Erika Karp

A series of four brief interviews from leading executives on the role of shared value in their organizations.
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In the face of complex global issues and societal needs, many companies are turning to shared value, a practice that seeks business opportunity in solving social problems. FSG interviewed leaders in various fields to gain a wider perspective on shared value practices from those who are implementing them. The result is a series of five minute interviews that provide insight on creating shared value from the corporate, non-profit, and investor perspective.

The CEO’s Challenge: Balancing Expectations of Consumers and Investors

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By Margaret Coady

Should large companies help address societal issues? It's an age-old question that even today continues to be a  subject of lively debate for the private sector. A company’s investors might advocate that the company leave progress on societal issues to government and nonprofits, opting for a bare-minimum scenario in which businesses do little more than pay taxes, obey the law, and pass all profits to shareholders.

GE Citizenship Report: Creating Sustainable Value for Shareowners

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In its seventh annual Citizenship Report, GE discusses how it creates value for its shareowners by confronting some of the biggest global sustainability challenges, for example by developing products and services in clean energy, energy-efficient infrastructures and transportation, clean water, and affordable healthcare. This feature story is also posted on their Web site where GE invites comments. 

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In its seventh annual Citizenship Report, GE discusses how it creates value for its shareowners by confronting some of the biggest global sustainability challenges, for example by developing products and services in clean energy, energy-efficient infrastructures and transportation, clean water, and affordable healthcare. This feature story is also posted on their Web site where GE invites comments. 

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