Research Handbook on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

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Research Handbook on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

9781802202526 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Thilo Kuntz, Chair in Private Law, Commercial and Corporate Law and Managing Director, Institute for Corporate Law, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80220 252 6 Extent: c 520 pp
The Research Handbook on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance presents a comprehensive view of a rapidly evolving area of study. Adopting a comparative approach, it goes beyond issues of sustainability and human rights, covering the whole spectrum of ESG and its regulatory developments.

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The Research Handbook on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance presents a comprehensive view of a rapidly evolving area of study. Adopting a comparative approach, it goes beyond issues of sustainability and human rights, covering the whole spectrum of ESG and its regulatory developments.

Astutely organised into clearly defined and thematic sections, chapters tackle classic questions relating to corporate governance, assess the current state of ESG, and address important issues arising from its development. A carefully selected, distinguished and diverse cast of authors explore topics including directors’ duties and managerial decision-making, the changing landscape of investor and shareholder activism, investment and fund regulation, and ESG initiatives in international law.

This interdisciplinary Research Handbook is essential reading for academics and students of law, environmental studies, and politics and public policy. Legal practitioners of corporate law, capital markets law and securities regulation will also benefit from this authoritative analysis of ESG regulatory developments.
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‘In this first-class Research Handbook, 28 top experts from all over the world deal in 22 chapters exhaustively with ESG, one of today’s most important emerging topics. The focus on corporate law and investment regulation is regional and international and includes Asia. Not to be missed!’
– Klaus J. Hopt, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Germany
Contributors
Contributors include: Tim Bowley, Sofie Cools, Seth R. Davis, Katrin Deckert, Andreas Engert, Lisa Fairfax, Sergio Gilotta, Jesper Lau Hansen, Jennifer Hill, Sebastiaan Hooghiemstra, Martine Jaarsma, Andrew Johnston, Jörn Axel Kämmerer, Thilo Kuntz, Erik Lidman, Ernest Lim, Alain Pietrancosta, Cedric Ryngaert, Navajyoti Samanta, Christoph Seibt, Thorsten Sellhorn, Masayuki Tamaruya, Rita Guerreiro Teixeira, Umakanth Varottil, Victor Wagner, Jan Wouters, Mutsuhiko Yukioka, Xianchu Zhang
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Contents:

Introduction to Research Handbook on Environmental, Social and Corporate
Governance 1
Thilo Kuntz

PART I DIRECTORS’ DUTIES AND MANAGERIAL DECISION-MAKING
1 Taking stakeholder interests seriously: A practitioner’s view from
Germany on management duties 21
Christoph H. Seibt
2 ESG enhancements to company law: The French ‘PACTE’ law 44
Alain Pietrancosta
3 How ESG is weakening the business judgement rule 64
Thilo Kuntz
4 Human rights, environmental due diligence, and value chain
responsibility: A view from France, Germany, and the European Union 91
Katrin Deckert

PART II INVESTOR AND SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM
5 Stewardship codes, ESG activism and transnational ordering 112
Tim Bowley and Jennifer G. Hill
6 Climate proposals: ESG shareholder activism sidestepping board authority 132
Sofie Cools
7 ESG and workforce engagement: Experiences in the UK 151
Andrew Johnston and Navajyoti Samanta
8 ESG, the Alien Tort Statute, and private regulation’s legitimacy trap 171
Seth Davis

PART III INVESTMENT AND FUND REGULATION
9 EU ‘rule-based’ ESG duties for investment funds and their managers
under the European ‘Green Deal’ 194
Sebastiaan Niels Hooghiemstra
10 Green bonds: A legal and economic analysis 217
Sergio Gilotta
11 Green public finance: The role of central banks 239
Jörn Axel Kämmerer

PART IV DISCLOSURE REGULATION AND RATINGS
12 The forces that shape mandatory ESG reporting 258
Thorsten Sellhorn and Victor Wagner
13 A green victory in the midst of potential defeat? Concern and optimism
about the impact of the SEC’s climate-related disclosure rule 281
Lisa M. Fairfax
14 ESG ratings—guiding a movement in search for itself 303
Andreas Engert

PART V INTERNATIONAL LAW
15 ESG initiatives in international law 325
Rita Guerreiro Teixeira and Jan Wouters
16 ESG and international criminal liability 344
Cedric Ryngaert and Martine Jaarsma

PART VI REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
17 The EU Framework on ESG 362
Erik Lidman
18 The Nordic approach to corporate governance and ESG 381
Jesper Lau Hansen
19 ESG in China: A critical review from a legal perspective 404
Xianchu Zhang
20 ESG in Japan: The case of a mixed legal system 421
Masayuki Tamaruya and Mutsuhiko Yukioka
21 The legal and regulatory impetus towards ESG in India: Developments
and challenges 443
Umakanth Varottil
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