Corporate Governance and Sustainability

Call for papers for:

Guest Editors

Krishnan Dandapani
Professor of Finance
Florida International University, USA
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Manuchehr Shahrokhi
Professor of Finance, Founding Editor – Global Finance Conference
California State University – Fresno, USA
[email protected]

Ivelina Pavlova-Stout
Associate Professor of Finance
University of Houston – Clear Lake, USA 
[email protected]

About this Special Issue

Managerial Finance is pleased to announce that it has dedicated a special issue to the “Corporate Governance and Sustainability”. Globally, there is increased interest in ESG investing, also known as sustainable investing.  ESG [Environmental, Social, Governance] investing is where fund managers invest in companies that work towards improving the Environment, and Social problems addressing Social inequality or Governance improvements. Many investment managers select companies which aim to support one or more of the seventeen sustainable development goals that the United Nations has rolled out to support their 2030 agenda.  Firms captured $51.1 billion of net new money from investors in 2020. As climate change becomes a global focus it could further provide an impetus to ESG funds.  Investors are increasingly applying these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process and companies are making disclosures of ESG in their annual report. Numerous institutions, such as the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures are working to form standards to facilitate incorporation of these factors in the investment process.

The purpose of the special issue is to attract studies that advance the understanding of ESG-related corporate practices, ESG reporting, data collection and rating methodologies, as well as the impact of ESG investments on management practices. Both theoretical and empirical research will be considered.  More importantly, exploring the direct connections between governance, sustainability and ESG is critically important for corporate governance and financial success.

Potential research themes for this special issue include:

  • Corporate Governance and Sustainability
  • Corporate governance, Stakeholders and Capitalism
  • Corporate governance implications for sustainability reporting quality
  • Corporate Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility Interface
  • Corporate ESG Investing Programs and Performance Metrics
  • Corporate ESG Ratings and Data Collection
  • Sustainability indices; Environmental, Social and Governance rating and information provider agencies 

Submission Information

Deadline for Submission of Papers: December 1, 2021
Tentative Notification of Decision: March 1, 2022
Final Papers Due: April 15, 2022
Expected Publication Date: September 2022

Articles should be a maximum of 9,000 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices. Please allow 280 words for each figure or table. For more information on the author guidelines for Managerial Finance, please see here.

All submissions are to be made via the Managerial Finance ScholarOne portal. Please make sure in your communications and covering letter to identify that your submission is for the “Special Issue on Corporate Governance and Sustainability.”