Sustainability and Corporate Mechanisms in Asia

Sustainability and Corporate Mechanisms in Asia

by Ernest Lim


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This is the first book to provide a comparative and critical analysis of why and how six corporate mechanisms - (1) sustainability reporting; (2) board gender diversity; (3) constituency directors; (4) stewardship codes; (5) directors' duty to act in the company's best interests; and (6) liability on companies, shareholders and directors - have been or can be used to promote sustainability in the four leading common law jurisdictions in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia). A central challenge is, whether and if so, how the corporate mechanisms should be reconceptualised to promote sustainability in an environment that is characterised by controlling shareholders, particularly the government in state-owned enterprises. Because controlling shareholders are the norm for the majority of the world's companies, and state-owned enterprises play a significant role, this book has important insights on the problems and prospects of advancing sustainability in concentrated and mixed ownership jurisdictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108494519
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/02/2020
Series: International Corporate Law and Financial Market Regulation
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Ernest Lim is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford. He has published widely on corporate law and governance. He practised corporate and securities law in New York and Hong Kong prior to entering academia. He is the author of A Case for Shareholders' Fiduciary Duties in Common Law Asia (Cambridge, 2019).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and overview; 2. Sustainability reporting; 3. Board gender diversity; 4. Constituency directors; 5. Stewardship codes; 6. Directors' duty to act in the best interests of the company; 7. Liability of companies, shareholders and directors; 8. Conclusion.

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