Corporate Finance Publications

2015

  1. Business Case for Corporate Investment in ESG Practices

    July 2015 | Director Notes

    This report reviews empirical analyses of the return on investment in environmental, social, and governance initiatives and discusses why the positive correlations found by some academics remain disputed by others.

  2. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives aid the planet and burnish reputations. They also make money for companies, according to our study of trailblazers in the field.

  3. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Implications for Chief Financial Officers

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives deserve the attention of CFOs. In 2010-2013, revenues from sustainable products and services grew at six times the rate of overall revenues in companies we studied.

  4. Profit Equation: Prioritizing Productivity to Drive Growth, Competitiveness, and Profitability (CFO Summary)

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    The world is experiencing a substantial decline in productivity growth, which could threaten global economic growth, company profits, and the ability to compete. The CFO can act through investments in intangibles, technology, and innovation.

  5. Big Data Doesn't Mean 'Big Brother' (Implications for CFO)

    May 2015 | Key Business Issues

    We expect to see enhanced competitive advantage for organizations at the leading edge of HCA that excel at using new data sources and tools to optimize human capital.

  6. China Wants to Go Green: Sustainability Imperatives for CFOs of Multinationals

    March 2015 | Key Business Issues

    China's strong commitment to cleaning up pollution and changing the way business operates with regard to the environment means that chief financial officers of multinational corporations operating in China must be hypervigilant about sustainability cos

2014

  1. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Implications for the CFO

    December 2014 | Key Business Issues

    How do you grow in a time of slowing growth? For CFOs and finance executives, China's economy presents unique challenges. This function-specific summary details the challenges and opportunities for CFOs to help position their MNCs for success in China.

  2. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Strategic Overview

    December 2014 | Key Business Issues

    In an unprecedented time of slow economic growth in China, CEOs and CSOs can look to this Strategic Overview for detailed recommendations on how to plan and prepare their organizations for a long soft fall.

  3. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2015: Are We Asleep at the Wheel?

    November 2014 | Key Business Issues

    While a cautious outlook for the global economy seems justified, does it cause us to leave opportunities on the table for too long?

  4. Global Economic Outlook 2015: Finding Opportunities in a Global Slowdown: GLOBAL OVERVIEW

    November 2014 | Key Business Issues

    In a slow-growth global economy, where are the opportunities? This analysis of the business outlook across seven regions offers clues to firms that are willing to think long term.