Link Between Ethics, Governance and Financial Performance Subject of Presentation at SRI Conference November 9-11 in Denver
Denver, CO – Two highly-regarded experts in the area of ethics and governance will address the critical link between ethics, corporate governance and financial performance at the Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (SRI), November 9-11, 2016, in Denver. JLL’s General Counsel, Mark Ohringer, and Ethisphere Institute CEO Tim Erblich will share compelling research and first-hand experience from the global real estate services company during the Thursday session titled: “It Pays To Be Honest: Linking Integrity to ROI.”
The joint presentation will explore the internal and external indicators, ethical behavior and performance metrics that companies must recognize and act on in order to build trust and accountability among investors and stakeholders, such as regulatory compliance, sustainability, employee engagement, Board of Directors’ leadership and guidance, and reputation management. In addition, Ohringer and Erblich will address how companies must also acknowledge the external negligence factors that can adversely impact an organization’s standing with the investment community, such as industry quality validations, negative media scrutiny and litigation pleadings in major cases.
“In today’s complex and dynamic investing environment, an enterprise can only sustain itself over the long-term by acting responsibly and with integrity,” said Ohringer. “The interrelationships and link between ethics, corporate governance and financial performance have been well-documented, and companies that embrace and deliver on these factors can be rewarded by the investment community and key stakeholders. We believe JLL is uniquely positioned to steward an ‘Ethics Everywhere’ approach to our global business.”
Ethisphere CEO Tim Erblich believes today’s regulatory, economic and cultural environments pose unique challenges for companies striving to distinguish themselves from their peers and competitors.
“A company’s ethical and responsible behavior, combined with a number of critical intangibles, have clearly become the driving factors in evaluating a company’s performance and investment appeal,” he noted. “Sophisticated investors now place a premium on leading companies’ quality governance and compliance practices compared with companies who exhibit poor corporate governance and business practices,” he said.
Erblich noted that JLL and other companies recognized by Ethisphere as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Company” award recipients outperformed the S&P 500 Index as a group by 3.3% last year, as well as outperforming other major financial benchmarks. “We believe the financial performance of JLL and other award recipient companies illustrates the value sophisticated investors place on the link between ethical behavior and strong corporate governance,” he added.
For more information about the Conference On SRI, November 9-11, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Hotel, visit http://www.sriconference.com/.
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