NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 -- Capital Link's Annual "CSR & IR - Maximizing Shareholder Value" Forum took place on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The event was organized in cooperation with NYSE Euronext. It attracted 375+ influential C-level Corporate, financial and investment executives, service providers and media who got together for a half day to discuss, debate and exchange information on critical industry topics and to network.
Companies and investors are increasingly looking at Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) not only as a means of accomplishing corporate governance, but also as a measurable, concrete way to increase shareholder value and profits.
CSR is becoming a fundamental component of a company's business model meant to produce tangible and profitable results in response to stakeholder expectations.
Capital Link's Forum focused on three major topics. From the corporate perspective it explored how CSR impacts the valuation and cost of capital for private and publicly listed companies as investors and financiers may perceive them as safer and more sustainable financing and investment choices. From the investors' point of view, it explored how CSR integrates among the investment criteria, what Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is all about and its comparative return performance. And the third topic explored the alignment of the CSR, IR and the overall corporate communications strategy, message and function. Also, the developments in the area of Integrated Reporting Standards and updates on Reporting Solutions, standards and guideline.
FORUM STRUCTURE & PRESENTERS
The half day Forum was structured into lively panel discussions of industry experts from Fortune 500 listed companies, banks, investment companies, audit companies, consulting firms, Foundations and Reporting Organizations who came together to provide valuable insight and analyses on topics of critical importance to CSR & IR.
Nicolas Bornozis, President of Capital Link, mentioned that a consistent corporate CSR track record can be a differentiating factor and a competitive advantage from an operational, commercial and financial point of view, impacting a company's valuation and cost of capital, along with its overall profitability and long term viability. He noted the increased demand from the investment community for CSR information, thereby necessitating closer cooperation between the IR, CSR and Corporate Communications departments. Capital Link aims to host this Forum on an annual basis to discuss and debate trends and developments in this field while providing during the year a flow of thought leadership initiatives through webinars.
"VALUING COMPANIES BEYOND FINANCIAL METRICS - CSR, Finance & Capital Markets"
Eric J. Hespenheide, Global Leader, Deloitte Sustainability Audit & Enterprise Risk Services - Deloitte & Touche
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