ILO Research Department Seminar

Socially Responsible Investment and Decent Work

ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work stressed the key role of long-term financing and its impact in the creation of decent and sustainable work. The commission pointed the need to develop market-based incentives to promote the alignment of business activities with the human-centred agenda adopted by the ILO. The seminar will aim at questioning the potential role of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) in this purpose. The objective of SRI is for investors to select securities not only on the basis of purely financial criteria, but also according to social, environmental and ethical requirements (ESG) such as low carbon emissions, decent working conditions and transparent corporate governance. Professor Louche will address this issue by highlighting the role of ESG rating agencies and their methodologies, identifying the difficulties in measuring ESG criteria and questioning the potential complementarities between the three dimensions of SRI.

Céline Louche is professor in management at the Audencia Business School in Nantes (France). She is member of the Business & Society department and head of the CSR research Group since 2017. Professor Louche published extensively on corporate social responsibility, finance and socially responsible investment, especially in relation with the transition to a low-carbon economy. She has also worked on unionism and working conditions in global value chains. She co-authored in 2014 the book “Socially Responsible Investment in the 21st Century: Does It Make a Difference for Society” (Emerald Group Publishing ) with Tessa Hebb.