Forbes – Dina Medland
In a global business world facing unprecedented challenges, leadership often seems to come from unexpected quarters.
Institutional investors have increasingly been making their views known, and their power felt at the AGM’s of publicly listed businesses. As environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues become mainstream, it becomes harder and harder for businesses to suffer from “willful blindness.”
The players who are now calling for a change of strategy in the direction for many listed businesses vary from the United Nations, to a host of not-for-profit organizations, to think-tanks. Are their insights just that — real insights — because they do not operate in the same silos as independent commercial business?
Or is it that because of their collaborative approach they are more able to “join-the-dots” in a way that many a publicly listed business cannot, or will not do in the face of these new challenges?