Call for Papers
1st Geneva Summit on Responsible Finance - Accounting for the Long Term: Risks and Opportunities for Asset Managers and Asset Owners

March 19, 2013, University of Geneva

Submission deadline: Monday, December 31, 2012

There is growing evidence that short termism in the finance sector has led to undesirable outcomes for both shareholders and stakeholders of companies. The Geneva Finance Research Institute and Sustainable Finance Geneva are organizing a one day conference to explore this issue and stimulate debate and further research on the tension between the predominance of short term thinking and the need for better long term outcomes. The 1st Geneva Summit on Responsible Finance aims at exploring whether and how current frameworks of responsible finance and sustainable development could provide solutions to this issue.

TOPICS: Researchers are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers to be presented at the conference. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Methods, Metrics & Materiality:
- How can we measure non-financial and longer-term risks, and integrate such metrics into investment analysis?
- What are the bridges and barriers to standardized and robust Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings and integrated reporting?
- What value do different frameworks (sustainable development, ESG analysis, etc) provide for assessing long-term risks and opportunities facing companies?
- What are theoretical and operational developments for incorporating long-term/non-financial risk measures into models of asset allocation?

Engagement & Active Ownership:
- Do institutional investors engage with companies concerning their long-term or extra financial risks and challenges? If so, how do they engage?
- How do issues such as resource efficiency, labour standards, climate change and human rights shape divestment or investment decisions?
- Are there benefits to corporations from having long-term oriented shareholders?

Corporate Behaviour:
- How do corporate executives and boards address issues related to sustainability and the long term?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submission of papers is December 31, 2012. The organizers of the conference will announce the selection of papers by January 30, 2013. Papers should be sent as a pdf attachment to

PAPER SELECTION: Submitted papers will be reviewed by the scientific committee, which is composed of Marc Chesney (University of Zurich & Swiss Finance Institute), Julian Franks (London Business School), Rajna Gibson (University of Geneva & Swiss Finance Institute), Margot Hill (University of Geneva & UNEPFI), Philipp Krueger (University of Geneva & GFRI), Sebastien Pouget (Toulouse School of Economics), Meir Statman (Santa Clara University) and Jenke Ter Horst (Tilburg University). Authors of accepted papers will receive travel grants to present their research in Geneva.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Philipp Krueger from the Geneva Finance Research Institute:; tel: +41-(0)22-3798569.

Posted 11/12/12