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Hamilton, Ian
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Hamilton, I. & Eriksson, J. (2011). Influence strategies in shareholder engagement: a case study of all Swedish national pension funds. Journal of sustainable Finance & Investment, 1(1), 44-61
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Influence strategies in shareholder engagement: a case study of all Swedish national pension funds
2011 (English)In: Journal of sustainable Finance & Investment, ISSN 2043-0795, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 44-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Investors spend money and resources trying to reduce the environmental, social and governance risks in companies they own. If unattended, these risks may cause reputational damage not only to the portfolio firm but also to its owner. In this article, we study five Swedish national pension funds and the influence strategies used in shareholder engagement. Knowledge about influence strategies is important because successful shareholder engagements can lead to more sustainable corporate behaviour and a lower risk to the investor. In addition to the traditional power and legitimacy dependencies that have been reported as influential in deciding stakeholder salience, our findings reveal five additional factors useful for determining influence strategies in shareholder engagement. We provide a conceptual model showing how these factors interlink with choices of influence strategies, offering a practical use of this study. Stakeholder theory has been used as our theoretical frame of reference, based on existing influence strategy literature using a stakeholder–firm perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Earthscan, 2011
Keywords
case study, ESG directive, influence strategy, pension funds, reputation risk, responsible investment, shareholder
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39778 (URN)10.3763/jsfi.2010.0006 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2011-02-08 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Hamilton, I. (2011). Så blev AP-fonderna ansvarsfulla investerare (1ed.). In: Lars G. Hassel, Lars-Olle Larsson och Elisabeth Nore (Ed.), Hållbar utveckling: från risk till värde (pp. 31-39). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Så blev AP-fonderna ansvarsfulla investerare
2011 (Swedish)In: Hållbar utveckling: från risk till värde / [ed] Lars G. Hassel, Lars-Olle Larsson och Elisabeth Nore, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2011, 1, p. 31-39Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2011 Edition: 1
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41822 (URN)91-44-07532-4 (ISBN)978-91-44-07532-7 (ISBN)
Projects
Sustainable Investment Research Platform
Available from: 2011-04-01 Created: 2011-04-01 Last updated: 2019-01-25Bibliographically approved
Hamilton, I., Hassel, L., Isaksson, A. & Lundgren, R. (2009). Carbon disclosure project Nordic report 2009. Sustainable Investment Research Platform (Sirp)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Carbon disclosure project Nordic report 2009
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sustainable Investment Research Platform (Sirp), 2009. p. 55
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47605 (URN)
Projects
Carbon Disclosure Project
Available from: 2011-09-26 Created: 2011-09-26 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Sandberg, J., Juravle, C., Hedesström, T. M. & Hamilton, I. (2008). The heterogeneity of socially responsible investment. Journal of Business Ethics, 87(4), 519-533
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The heterogeneity of socially responsible investment
2008 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 87, no 4, p. 519-533Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many writers have commented on the heterogeneity of the socially responsible investment (SRI) movement. However, few have actually tried to understand and explain it, and even fewer have discussed whether the opposite – standardisation – is possible and desirable. In this article, we take a broader perspective on the issue of the heterogeneity of SRI. We distinguish between four levels on which heterogeneity can be found: the terminological, definitional, strategic and practical. Whilst there is much talk about the definitional ambiguities of SRI, we suggest that there is actually some agreement on the definitional level. There are at least three explanations which we suggest can account for the heterogeneity on the other levels: cultural and ideological differences between different regions, differences in values, norms and ideology between various SRI stakeholders, and the market setting of SRI. Discussing the implications of the three explanations for the SRI market, we suggest that there is reason to be sceptical about the possibilities of standardisation if not standardisation is imposed top-down. Whether this kind of standardisation is desirable or not, we argue, depends on what the motives for it would be. To the extent that standardisation may facilitate the mainstreaming of SRI, it could be a good thing – but we entertain doubts about whether mainstreaming really requires standardisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 2008
Keywords
ambiguity, business ethics, definitions, ethical investment, heterogeneity, mainstreaming, responsible investment, socially responsible investment, standardisation, sustainable investment
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19810 (URN)10.1007/s10551-008-9956-0 (DOI)
Available from: 2009-03-11 Created: 2009-03-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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