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Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities (Hardback)
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Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities (Hardback)

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Hardback 374 Pages / Published: 21/05/2015
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This investigation of the barriers to and opportunities for promoting environmental sustainability in company law provides an in-depth comparative analysis of company law regimes across the world. The social norm of shareholder primacy is the greatest barrier preventing progress, and it also helps explain why voluntary action by companies and investors is insufficient. By deconstructing the myth that shareholder primacy has a legal basis and challenging the economic postulates on which mainstream corporate governance debate is based, Company Law and Sustainability reveals a surprisingly large unexplored potential within current company law regimes for companies to reorient themselves towards sustainability. It also suggests possible methods of reforming the existing legal infrastructure for companies and provides an important contribution to the broader debate on how to achieve sustainability.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107043275
Number of pages: 374
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


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'Company law has typically been seen as a dry and technical subject principally of interest to the community of lawyers. Traditionally its aim has been to create legal certainty for companies themselves in their relations with each other in the marketplace, and to define and combat corrupt, fraudulent or other criminal acts by individuals using company structures to shield their behaviour. This book takes a completely different perspective, analysing how company law is being and can be used as a vital tool to combat new collective threats in the world including climate change, social disintegration and conflict. It is partly a response to the successes, but also the limitations, of movements towards corporate social and environmental responsibility in the last twenty years, that have largely been pursued through a range of voluntary, soft law and other initiatives kept strictly separate from those of corporate governance.' Richard Howitt, MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, from the Foreword
'... for those who want a tour of the problems which arise where corporate law and sustainability collide, it is a useful review of the horizon.' Stephen Bloomfield, FCIS, International Company and Commercial Law Review
'Company Law and Sustainability is clearly one of the most comprehensive works on the topic to date. Overall, the book embodies a truly accessible and well thought out comparative approach to many of the key issues discussed, as well as some ideas for future reform. One can only hope that those with the power to instigate change discover it, before it is too late.' Ben Archer, Legal Studies
"Company law has typically been seen as a dry and technical subject principally of interest to the community of lawyers. Traditionally its aim has been to create legal certainty for companies themselves in their relations with each other in the marketplace, and to define and combat corrupt, fraudulent or other criminal acts by individuals using company structures to shield their behaviour. This book takes a completely different perspective, analysing how company law is being and can be used as a vital tool to combat new collective threats in the world including climate change, social disintegration and conflict. It is partly a response to the successes, but also the limitations, of movements towards corporate social and environmental responsibility in the last twenty years, that have largely been pursued through a range of voluntary, soft law and other initiatives kept strictly separate from those of corporate governance." Richard Howitt, MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, from the Foreword
"... for those who want a tour of the problems which arise where corporate law and sustainability collide, it is a useful review of the horizon." Stephen Bloomfield, FCIS, International Company and Commercial Law Review
'Company Law and Sustainability is clearly one of the most comprehensive works on the topic to date. Overall, the book embodies a truly accessible and well thought out comparative approach to many of the key issues discussed, as well as some ideas for future reform. One can only hope that those with the power to instigate change discover it, before it is too late.' Ben Archer, Legal Studies

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