Call for proposals for the Greenleaf Publishing
General Editor: Dr Rory Sullivan
The profile of responsible investment has grown exponentially over the past five years – over 700 asset owners and asset managers are now signatories to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment; over 500 institutional investors support the Carbon Disclosure Project; and the European Social Investment Forum estimates that the total socially responsible investment (SRI) assets under management in Europe have doubled over the period 2007–2009.
There is great excitement about the potential for responsible investment to contribute to better investment returns and to deliver better social, environmental and governance outcomes. There is a growing body of evidence that responsible investment can deliver in both of these areas, with an increasing number of case studies and publications highlighting the investment benefits that have accrued through a focus on environmental, social and governance factors, the improvements in corporate reporting and performance that have resulted from investor engagement, and the contribution that investors have made to public policy debates, in particular on corporate governance and climate change.
Yet, for all of the excitement and enthusiasm, important questions remain. Can responsible investment strategies systematically deliver better investment returns for all investors? Can responsible investment really deliver better social and environmental outcomes, or a more sustainable world? Does responsible investment really signal a substantive change in investment practice or is it, at its heart, a business-as-usual strategy? What role, if any, can responsible investment play in preventing a recurrence of the global financial crisis?
The Greenleaf Responsible Investment Series
In 2009, Greenleaf launched its ground-breaking Responsible Investment series to provide a forum for outstanding empirical and theoretical work on all aspects of responsible investment, allowing the tensions and practical realities of responsible investment to be addressed in a readable, robust and conceptually and empirically rigorous format.
The first two books in the Responsible Investment series are:
- Rory Sullivan, Valuing Corporate Responsibility: How Do Investors Really Use Corporate Responsibility Information? (March 2011)
- Céline Louche and Steve Lydenberg, Dilemmas in Responsible Investment (June 2011)
In 2013, we will be publishing a special issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship on Responsible Investment in Emerging Markets, a book on Risk and Climate Adaptation and a collection of Case Studies.
Greenleaf is currently considering titles for 2014. We are particularly interested in contributions on the following topics::
- The investment performance and environmental, social and governance outcomes from different responsible investment strategies (engagement, voting, screening, investment integration, etc.).
- Responsible investment in different asset classes (equities, fixed income, commodities, government debt, private equity, hedge funds, fund-of-fund strategies, etc.).
- Responsible investment by different actors (e.g. pension funds, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, insurance companies).
- Responsible investment in different geographical regions.
- Investor collaboration, focusing on how collective initiatives such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and PharmaFutures have functioned and the environmental, social and governance outcomes they have delivered.
- The public policy implications of responsible investment, and the role that responsible investment has played in public policy debates on both specific environmental, social and governance issues, and on wider capital market issues.
- The changing investment landscape. For example, what are the wider implications of mainstreaming responsible investment (e.g. will investors’ expectations coalesce around lowest-common-denominator approaches), and how will the move from defined benefit to defined contribution affect the market for responsible investment..
Proposal guidelines: books/edited collections
Authors should send to us:
- A covering letter that explains the concept and aims of the proposed book. Will it contain primary research or work not previously published?
- A description of the intended readership. Will the readership be especially strong in any particular geographic area? Will the book be useful to an academic or practitioner audience? If academic, at what level?
- A description of how the proposal differs from other books currently on the market. Why is it unique? What other material has been published on this topic (please provide details)?
- A CV
- A detailed Table of Contents or, for an edited collection, a list of possible/probable contributors
- An indication of the intended size of the book, either in A4 pages or word extent
- Several sample chapters including an introductory chapter
- A likely completion date
- Suggestions on how the book might be marketed (key audiences, networks that may be interested, potential course adoptions) and whether there are possibilities for bulk purchases by the author(s) or their organisation
Please address proposals to:
Aizlewood Business Centre
Sheffield S3 8GG