Masterclass in Sustainable Investment and ESG Integration

SinCo Principal Graham Sinclair has taught Masterclasses in sustainable investment and ESG since 2006. This page tracks some of the pedagogy applied and progress in teaching leading business students and other graduate and executive learners.












    1. Financial Valuation Tool (FV Tool) for Extractive Industries
    2. Community Investment Quality Assessment Tool
    3. Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets  
    4. From Words to Action: The Stakeholder Engagement Manual
    5. The Case Study Toolbook: Partnership Case Studies as Tools for Change
    6. IFC Environment and Social Development Good Practice Documents can be found here:
    7. The Partnering Toolbook
    8. Equator Principles
    9. ICCR History
    10. Innovations in Financing PPPs by CLIVE HARRIS Practice Manager, PPP, World Bank Institute, March 13, 2012 Time : 10:00AM EST

    Videoclips and Investor Interviews

    1. Useful videoclips of "From Potential to Action": "Bringing Social Impact Bonds to the U.S." #ESG #socimp
    2. Prince Alwaleed, Chairman, Kingdom Holding Company
    3. China Triumph and Turmoil  Niall Ferguson examines China's ascendancy, and asks what the future holds for the world's most populous country and its relationship with the rest of the world  ie=UTF8&qid=1332153052&sr=8-1&intcmp=brandabout
    4. Neville Isdell, former chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company with Neville Isdell in Business on Monday, January 30, 2012
    5. Neville Isdell, former chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company with Neville Isdell in Business on Monday, January 30, 2012
    6. Mohamed Ibrahim with Mohamed Ibrahim in Business on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
    7. A conversation with Jacqueline Novogratz with Jacqueline Novogratz in Business, Books, Current Affairs  on Wednesday, March 25, 2009
    8. A conversation with Wole Soyinka with Wole Soyinka in History on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
    9. Gita Wirjawan in Business  on Tuesday, March 1, 2011Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of Indonesia’s investment coordinating board
    10. Ameerah Al-Taweel in Current Affairs, Business, Lifestyle on Tuesday, February 7, 2012
    11. Jim O'Neill in Business, Current Affairs, Books  on Thursday, January 19, 2012
    12. A conversation about Turkey with Rahmi M. Koç, Honorary Chairman Koç Holding with Rahmi M. Koç in Current Affairs, Business on Wednesday, November 2, 2011
    13. with Warren Buffett in Business on Friday, September 30, 2011
    14. Gao Xiqing, President, China Investment Corporation with Gao Xiqing  in Current Affairs, Business on Wednesday, September 28, 2011
    15. with Michael Lewis  in Business, Books on Monday, October 3, 2011
    16. Counting the Cost - China's economic transformation
    17. with Arminio Fraga  in Business  on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Arminio Fraga of Gavea Investments on Brazil's economy
    18. with Howard Schultz in Business on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 oward Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks on his book 'Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul'
    19. Sany looks beyond China
    20. FTFM from MARKETS: Engagement is not always best, Apr 19 2012

    •       Eurosif 2008 European SRI Market Study
    •       Annual Study of the French SRI Market Novethic, June 2010,
    •       IFC/BSR Sustainable Investment in China 2009 Overview, September 1,
    •       Actis_ESG_Code v1.2.pdf
    •       CFA Institute: Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors at
    Listed Companies: A Manual for Investors (May 2008): p.1-35
    •       Food and Beverages: Corporate Responsibility, Global Socially
    Responsible Investment, Equity Research, UBS Investment, 25 October
    2005. Hudson et al.
    •       UBS Investment Research Global Equity Research SRI & Sustainability
    Theme Piece ESG Analyser, South African Analyser, South Africa, by
    Julie Hudson, CFA et al, 3 September 2010

    Corporate Governance Disclosure in Emerging Markets: Statistical analysis of legal requirements and company practices, February 2012

    •       Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation, HBR Articles
    by Ram Nidumolu, C.K. Prahalad, M.R. Rangaswami, 1 September 2009
    •       Mainstream or Daydream: The Future of Responsible Investment, S.
    Lydenberg and G.M. Sinclair, The Journal of Corporate Citizenship
    Issue 33, April 2009 ; issN 1470-5001, p. 47-67
    •       What Matters in Corporate Governance? By Lucian Bebchuk, Alma Cohen,
    and Allen Ferrell, The Review of Financial Studies, 22:2, 2009,
    •       Impact of the FTSE4Good Index on firm price: An event study, M.
    Martin Curran, Dominic Moran, Journal of Environmental Management,
    Volume 82, Issue 4 , March 2007, Pages 529-537.
    International Markets, Sheryl A. Law and Jot Yau in Advances in
    international investments: traditional and alternative approaches by
    Par Hung-gay Fung, Xiaoqing Eleanor Xu, Jot Yau, 2008
    •       Investing In Socially Responsible Companies Is A Must For Public
    Pension Funds – Because There Is No Better Alternative, S. Prakash
    Sethi, Journal Of Business Ethics 56: 99–129, 2005
    •       Guidelines for Integrating Socially Responsible Investment in the
    Investment Process by Frank Jan de Graaf , Alfred Slager, The Journal
    of Investing  Fall 2009, Vol. 18, No. 3: pp. 70-78
    •       Non-Governmental Organizations, Shareholder Activism, and SRI, Guay,
    Doh, Sinclair ; Journal Of Business Ethics 52: 125–139, 2004
    •       - "The Wages of Social Responsibility," by Meir Statman of Santa
    Clara University and Denys Glushkov of Barclays Global Investors
    •       Are Ethical Investments Good? (August 11, 2009). - Chow, Gariet,
    Durand, Robert B. and Koh, Sze Kee, 22nd Australasian Finance and
    Banking Conference 2009. Available at SSRN:
    •       The Relationship between Environmental Social Governance Factors and
    Stock Returns, Evans, John R. and Peiris, Dinusha, (April 7, 2010).
    UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2010ACTL02.
    Available at SSRN:
    •       ESG Implementation in Venture Capital Investments - A qualitative
    study of Swedish State-owned Investors, M Adestam, S Husberg -, September 2010
    •       Identifying impediments to SRI in Europe: a review of the
    practitioner and academic literature, Carmen Juravle and Alan Lewis, 3
    JUN 2008, Business Ethics: A European Review, Volume 17, Issue 3,
    pages 285–310, July 2008
    •       The Challenges of mainstreaming Environmental, Social and Governance
    (ESG) issues in Investment Decisions A mini-survey of practitioners’
    reports, Kenneth Amaeshi (Cranfield School of Management) and David
    Grayson (Cranfield School of Management)
    •       Putting Sustainable Investing Into Practice: A Governance Framework
    For Pension Funds, Claire Woods and Roger Urwin, 2010
     and Journal of Business Ethics
    •       2007 Winning Paper: "Does the Stock Market Fully Value Intangibles?
    Employee Satisfaction and Equity Prices"
    •       2006 Winning Paper: “Monitoring the Monitor: Evaluating CalPERS’
    •       2005 Winning Paper: “The Economic Value of Corporate Eco-Efficiency”

    •       Critique Of SRI By Paul Hawken
    •       Investing Responsibly By Lorne Abramson, 31 December 2009
    •       U.S. Lawmakers Raise Concern About World Bank Loan to Eskom By
    Sandrine Raste, Bloomberg, 5 April 2010
    •       Profiting from poverty? Microfinance IPO sparks debate by Rina
    Chandran – Analysis, Reuters MUMBAI, Fri Apr 9, 2010 3:53am EDT
    •       Dutch asset managers engage with Shell over tar sands, by Leen
    Preesman IPE 22 Jan 2010 14:30
    •       Investors ask companies to report water use by Vincent Bevins,,  Friday 9 April 2010 13.36 BST
    •       Investing Responsibly By Lorne Abramson, 31 December 2009 Related
    ETFs: KLD / JVS
    •       WSJ COMMENTARY What Should Bill Gates Do? By JON ENTINE January 26,
    2007; Page A11 Http://Www.Aei.Org/Article/25519
    •       U.S. Lawmakers Raise Concern About World Bank Loan To Eskom By
    Sandrine Raste, Bloomberg, 5 April 2010
    •       Profiting From Poverty? Microfinance IPO Sparks Debate By Rina
    Chandran – Analysis, Reuters MUMBAI, Fri Apr 9, 2010 3:53am EDT
    •       Tightening Up On Bribery: Changes To The OECD Convention By Thomas
    Mcinerney, Responsible-Investor.Com, May 4th, 2010
    •       BP Crisis Highlights Value Of Sustainability Research By Sophia
    Grene FTfm Investment Strategy June 13 2010 10:50
    •       "Seriousness" Of Firms' Commitment To The UN Principles For
    Responsible Investment Questioned, Global Compact Critics, Wednesday,
    February 10, 2010
    •       Toward Sustainable Capitalism By Al Gore And David Blood, The Wall
    Street Journal, JUNE 24, 2010
    •       Interview Stephane Voisin, 20 July 2010
    •       A framework for monitoring the performance impact on a global equity
    portfolio, 15 June 2010 Written by: Rebecca Dixon
    •       UK Pension Fund Goes Green Posted on June 28, 2008 by Susan Mangiero
    •       The Price of Green : Specialized funds invest in alternative energy
    and avoid polluters. But a narrow scope can mean big risk. By ANNA
    PRIOR OCTOBER 5, 2009

    •       Socially Responsible Investing: Beyond ESG Factors From the 2008 CFA
    Institute European Investment Conference by Andrew C. Canter, CFA
    •       David Blood: The Case for Sustainable Business, Gresham College, 21
    January 2008
    •       2008 Eurosif, Mat Christensen, October 2008
    •       The Enhanced Analytics Initiative, Dr Raj  Thamotheram, Gresham
    College, 2 June 2006
    •       Graham Sinclair interview CNBC Africa Power Lunch, 10 Sep 2010
    •       AfricaSIF launch roadshow event 2 : Cape Town, 9 Sep 2010
    •       Guardian Investing in a low carbon economy Presented by Zara Maung,
    produced by Isabel Mena-Berlin,, Thursday 17 December
    •       World Investment Report 2010: Investing in a low-carbon economy
    August 10, 2010

    •       Oxfam Better Returns Project 2009 -2010
    •       Thomson Reuters Extel And Uksif 2010 Socially Responsible Investing
    & Sustainability Survey Results
    •       London Accord
    •       ESG ratings update: Measuring and monitoring your investments,
    Laureen Bird, 14 June 2010
    •       Green Financing Turns Forest Decay Into Energy and Savings

    •       NEWSWEEK's 2010 Green Rankings
    •       MSCI Barra ESG
    •       - KLD 400 the longest-running ESG index
    •       HOW NOW, GREEN DOW: Is The Dow Jones Sustainability Index Worth A
    Damn? BY Grist 14 SEP 2009 7:12 AM
    •       Sustainability Indexes: Pros And Cons: Environmental, social and
    governance criteria are the basis, by Marla Brill, FA Green, September
    2009 issue
    •       A.T. Kearney, Inc, titled Green Winners: The Performance of
    Sustainability-focused Companies in  the Financial Crisis
    •       Taking the Long View on SustainabilityBy Daniel Mahler, Partner and
    global coordinator for the Sustainability practice, March 2010



    Investing 101 by Kathy Kristof, Bloomberg Press; 2nd, Updated and Expanded Edition edition (August 1, 2008), ISBN-10: 1576603075

    An investment analyst’s most useful skill is keeping sources somewhat
    organised in one’s head, where, if synapses are firing, one may
    retrieve information quickly, or at least get a sense of where to
    start looking. Organising material intuitively is every researcher’s
    task. Some tools  are:
    •       10KWizard: You could not ask for a more complete source of filings
    of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Searchable by name or
    company and with so many pull-down boxes that I often have to re-do my
    search because Ive forgotten some nuance that makes all the
    •       European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association: For someone
    with precious little background in the financial industry who is
    called upon to learn on the job, this source provides an overview as
    well as supplying plausible reasons that the industry serves a purpose
    for the greater good, even while its leaders are making personal
    fortunes. EVCA gives industry performance information and, once a
    year, company performance rankings.
    •       The Internet Prospector: I always learn something new from this very
    readable newsletter of useful tips and sources for the prospect
    research community. Published since 1994, it has a useful archive of
    past editions online.
    • : Fairly new to me, but I have high hopes for it
    becoming one of my standard sources for European prospecting and
    probably for a fresh perspective on wealth. I especially like the
    attention to Finance and Philanthropy, and the Rich Monitor.
    •       ACRIS (Automated City Register Information System ) New York City
    gateway to property registration information, providing access to
    document images going back to 1966 for Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn
    and Queens. Whether the property is owned as a co-operative share of a
    building or a condominium that is assessed in the individuals name
    makes a big difference in what details can be found. Lessons from the
    Classroom Twenty-first Century Skill: Trading Carbon Credits
    Published:      June 8, 2011  Author:   Julia Hanna
    Nancy Faughnan is a Senior Research Analyst at Yale University Office
    of Development, New Haven, CT. She is a board member of the New
    England Development Research Association and chairperson of its 2008
    21st annual conference, Research Coming of Age: Partners in


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