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Benefit Corporation Law and Governance by Frederick Alexander

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CHAPTER FOURThe Responsible Investing Movement

Chapter 1 set the stage by discussing the role of corporations and the investment chain in the global economy. Chapters 2 and 3 took a closer look at how conventional corporations are operated on the basis of shareholder primacy. This chapter will examine the effect of that operation on the investment channel. From a public policy perspective, this may be the most important part of the book, as it is intended to explain why shareholder primacy fails investors, even though it originated as a doctrine meant to protect their interests.

We will first examine the contemporary movement among investors to think more holistically and “responsibly” and will examine what the motives behind that movement might ...

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