In our new Flagship Report, “The Networked Corporation: Introducing two new tools to help companies make the business case for improved stakeholder relations through shareholder engagement,” we propose a proprietary framework to help companies integrate social and environmental issues into business strategy, using shareholder dialogue as a means of corporate learning about stakeholder concerns.

We introduce two tools to support these efforts. First, The Shareholder Alignment Frontier™,  a method for identifying public issues that are relevant for corporate performance through ongoing dialogue between management and long-term shareholders. Second, our BRAVE Matrix™ (Business Relationship Analytics for Value Enhancement), a generalized business case for addressing social and environmental issues. The academic research has identified six discrete business drivers affected by non-financial stakeholder relationships. We consider how relationships with supply, demand and contextual stakeholders individually may affect each of the six business drivers, positively or negatively.

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                        The Shareholder Alignment FrontierTM

John K.S. Wilson is the Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research at Cornerstone Capital Group.  John has over 17 years of experience in socially responsible investing and corporate governance.

Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. In offering investment banking, investment management and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with both corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.