Read: new article on Mandatory Sustainability Reporting in PRI Academic Network RI Quarterly

Governments, regulators and stock exchanges worldwide are increasingly introducing compulsory disclosure requirements on companies in respect of sustainability information.

In this study, Ioannis Ioannou (Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School) and George Serafeim (Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School) examine the effect of mandatory sustainability reporting by studying the disclosures and market valuation of companies in China, Denmark, Malaysia and South Africa immediately before, during and after the introduction of compulsory reporting legislation.

Their findings suggest that, contrary to popular belief that an increase in disclosure regulation imposes significant costs on companies and, therefore, has a negative impact on shareholders, the reality is that improved disclosure creates value for companies, not destroys it.

Read the full quarterly here.

My Research

I am a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, I seek to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. My academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how investment analysts, and the public equity markets, perceive, evaluate and react to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple factors (e.g. institutional, regulatory, behavioural) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

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February 27, 2018

Prof. Ioannou will be speaking at LBS HR Strategy Forum

April 27, 2018

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May 24, 2018

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