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Sustainable Business Research Peak

Workshop on “Corporate Purpose”


Monday, 27 November 2023
16:00 – 18:00 GMT +8 

Singapore Management University, Singapore

Yong Pung How School of Law, Level 2, Seminar Room 2-02

(This was an in-person event and was not live-streamed.)

Hao Liang (Singapore Management University and ECGI)
Dan Puchniak (Singapore Management University and ECGI)
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The debate on “corporate purpose” has garnered significant attention in recent years, ranging from enlightened shareholder value maximization to stakeholder capitalism. There is also growing recognition for businesses to operate in a manner that benefits society and consider broader responsibilities, beyond financial gains. What is the raison d’etre of corporations in society? Should companies pursue anything other than profits? Is corporate purpose different across jurisdictions? To join the debate on these fundamental questions, our event is your answer. We aimed to bring together academic researchers across various disciplines, including business, law, and public affairs, to share their research, exchange insights, and build stronger connections within the sustainability-focused group.
This workshop was jointly organised by SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business and SMU’s Centre for Commercial Law in Asia, in partnership with European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and supported by Singapore Green Finance Centre.


Monday, November 27 2023 | 16:00 GMT +8


Hao Liang

Associate Professor of Finance; DBS Sustainability Fellow
Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business
Research Member

Caroline Flammer

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics
Columbia University
Research Member

Dan Puchniak

Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law
Research Member


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