CHAPTER 7The Financial Challenge: Reconciling Social and Environmental Value with Shareholder Value

Richard Bliss

IN THE FINANCE COMMUNITY, SHAREHOLDER VALUE HAS LONG BEEN the performance metric of choice for academics and professionals. Along with increasing profits, the maximization of shareholder value is viewed by many as the primary objective of corporate managers and is a pillar of most finance courses. As we introduce the importance of SEERS, the immediate question arises regarding how social and environmental sustainability, financial performance, and shareholder value are related. Can these concepts not only coexist but be taught in a cohesive, effective pedagogy? As the importance of developing a SEERS worldview becomes more central ...

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