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Monthly Highlights, September 2022
Organizations have been allocating more resources toward improving ESG (environmental, social, and governance) efforts, but the acronym has consistently encountered doubt and criticism—namely, for being perceived as a distraction and intrinsically too difficult. Senior partners Lucy Pérez, Vivian Hunt, Hamid Samandari, and coauthors rebuke those claims, asserting that ESG is now more essential, relevant, and quantifiable than ever. Does ESG really matter to companies? What is the business-grounded, strategic rationale? This month, our featured stories look at the why of ESG (that is, why ESG matters to companies), as well as the how of ESG (that is, how companies can take a more systematic and rewarding approach to ESG). Other highlights in this month’s issue include the following topics:
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Where delegation fails: Five things only the enterprise CEO can do to build new businesses
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