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September 17, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of the Week: Companies That Focus on Their Customers Outperform Their Peers During The Recovery

Companies that support customers by producing non-harmful and quality products, emphasizing privacy, using fair pricing, offering equal treatment, and more, outperform their competitors by 20.7% .

September 14, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Introducing the Imperative 21 Campaign to RESET Capitalism

On September 13th, 2020, JUST Capital joined with Imperative 21 coalition partners including B Lab, The B Team, CECP, and Conscious Capitalism, to call for a RESET of our economic system toward and create a more just and equitable form of capitalism.

September 11, 2020  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: An Unprecedented Back to School Season Is Revealing a Child Care Crisis

Whether they are working from home full time or part time, or are on the frontline, they have to – in an unprecedented way – find a balance between supporting their families and ensuring their kids are learning.

September 10, 2020  |  JUST Capital

As Americans Embrace ESG Investing, the Challenges Against It Feel Less Valid Than Ever

Arguments in support of shareholder primacy and against stakeholder capitalism are out of sync with the voice of the American public, institutional investors, shareholders, and corporations themselves. 

September 10, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of The Week: Companies That Prioritize Their Workers Continue to Outperform the Market

In light of Labor Day this past Monday, we revisit a chart from early June to evaluate how companies’ treatment of their workers continues to affect financial performance throughout 2020.

September 4, 2020  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Your Business Is Only As Good As Your Workforce

As we head into Labor Day, six months into a pandemic that has caused us to revisit our assumptions about what it means to be a resilient business, its time to discuss the most important business stakeholders in our society – workers.

September 3, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of the Week: Companies Embracing Full Disclosure on Workforce Diversity Continue to Outperform Peers

For Labor Day, we revisit our Chart of the Week from earlier this summer to reevaluate how companies who fully disclose their EEO-1 reports have performed throughout the trailing three months. 

August 28, 2020  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: The Power, and the Perils, of Worker Protest

Two events this week highlighted the extremes of worker empowerment in America today. Once again, the defining social issues of 2020 – COVID-19 and racial equity – were the catalyst. 

August 27, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of the Week: Just Companies Have Better Risk Profiles and Overall Decreased Volatility

This week, we explore the risk profile of more just companies in comparison to less just ones, and show that JUST companies have less volatility.

August 18, 2020  |  JUST Capital

How Business Roundtable Companies Have Responded to Six Critical Stakeholder Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We analyze how the BRT purpose statement signatories measure up to Americans’ expectations, and compare to other Russell 1000 companies.

August 18, 2020  |  JUST Capital

A Year After the Business Roundtable Redefined the Purpose of a Corporation, Americans See Progress But Opportunity for Treating Workers Better

Timed with the one-year anniversary of the Business Roundtable’s landmark redefinition of corporate purpose, we asked the public how they believe companies are doing in shifting from a myopic focus on shareholders to better serving the needs of all stakeholders. 

August 18, 2020  |  JUST Capital

How Business Roundtable Companies Have Responded to Four Critical Issues Advancing Racial Equity in the Workplace

64% of Business Roundtable signatories released statements standing in solidarity with their Black and Brown colleagues and communities over the past few months. But how are they actually performing on key racial equity actions?

August 14, 2020  |  JUST Capital

If You Take Stakeholder Capitalism Seriously, You Need to Take Hazard Pay Seriously

Providing hazard pay is stakeholder capitalism in action

August 13, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of the Week: Just Companies See Shallower Drawdowns in Market Downturn

As our economy sees increasing uncertainty after the market recovery in Q2, this week’s analysis dives into our 2020 Rankings to evaluate median maximum drawdowns by quintile.

August 7, 2020  |  JUST Capital

ESG Measurement Will Need Upgrading If It’s To Meet Public Expectations

If one thing has become clear this year, it’s that corporate stakeholder performance claims – on COVID-19, racial equity, and other “S” issues – must be backed by real action.

August 6, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of the Week: Companies That Avoid Controversy in Their Communities Outperform During the Recovery

This week we look at severe communities controversies within the companies we cover, and see a significant outperformance for those who don’t have at least one severe controversy.

July 31, 2020  |  JUST Capital

A “Great Reset” Is Far From Guaranteed

Americans want a “Great Reset”, but corporate actions to protect worker health, extend hazard pay and protect jobs are faltering.

July 30, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Chart of the Week: Companies Paying a Fair Wage Outperform Peers in the Downturn

This week, we double down on employee compensation and dive into our “Pays a Fair Wage” metric to showcase how companies’ wages differ across various job titles when compared to industry peers.

July 30, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Read Our Response to the Department of Labor Proposal We Believe Will Crush Important ESG Momentum

The DOL has stated that ESG funds are “vehicles for furthering social goals or policy objectives that are not in the financial interest of the plan.” We completely disagree – here’s why.

July 28, 2020  |  JUST Capital

How Corporate Transparency on Racial Equity is Driving Investment Decisions

On July 27, JUST hosted a discussion with representatives from two of America’s largest pension funds and Bloomberg’s chief diversity reporter on why disclosing workforce demographic data is a crucial first step toward addressing racial inequity in corporate America. 

July 28, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Keeping ESG out of 401(k) Plans Hurts Participants and Produces Worse Outcomes

Last month, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new investment duties rule that would essentially keep ESG funds out of retirement accounts. Everything I’ve seen throughout my career shows that such a move would hurt investors.

July 25, 2020  |  JUST Capital

The American People Have Spoken – Now is Not the Time to Pull Back Frontline Worker Benefits

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July 24, 2020  |  JUST Capital

Join Us for our July 24 Quarterly JUST Call featuring Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana

We’ll unpack Humana’s stakeholder performance, long-term plan for sustainable value creation, response to COVID-19, and more.

July 23, 2020  |  JP Morgan Chase

Consumption Effects of Unemployment Insurance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

JPMorgan Chase Research Institute puts out new research on unemployment benefits: “Allowing the $600 supplement to expire at the end of July 2020 could cause substantial declines in aggregate demand and potentially negative effects on the macro-economy.”

July 23, 2020  |  The New York Times

Want More Diversity? Some Experts Say Reward C.E.O.s for It

The New York Times suggests tying CEO pay to diversity outcomes as one of the most effective ways to improve diversity and inclusion across corporate America.

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