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The Shareholder Revolution?

Like it or not, institutional investors exert major influence over our economic system. And when it comes to how companies relate to society, they have given little support to progressive management teams and have found little reason to punish antisocial companies. On the 3rd October we look at how investor attitudes are changing, and ask if companies are now behind the curve? What are the signs of change? Firstly, empirical evidence that shows “high sustainability” companies outperform their peers is getting investor interest. Secondly, the ESG data that supports investment strat...Read more

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One of the most inspiring panels that the Crowd has put on. Three of the UK’s most articulate business leaders (Lord Browne, Sacha Romanovitch and Helena Morrissey) and a savvy tech entrepreneur (Tommy Stadlen) discuss what we mean by connected leadership with Axel Threlfall. There is an openness and honesty in this conversation that is not often seen in business. Do they represent a new generation of connected leaders, and what are they doing differently? Read more

Your Curve Insight Report

With 650 projects in the Curve, this is our first Curve Insights report. This is the first time that this volume of user-generated project data has been collected, and it emphatically supports the belief that energy management is an attractive investment class. Average paybacks for the 16 technologies is 3.6 years, a better ROI than most core business. There are multiple co-benefits to energy projects, particularly for maintenance and employee satisfaction. And encouragingly, star ratings for energy projects rise from 3.3 at assessment stage to 3.9 when live, which should give confidence. Whe... Read more

Press release: The TripAdvisor of energy management has been launched

The TripAdvisor of energy management, The Curve today represents the largest collection of user generated data of real time energy projects across sectors.  Similarly to other user generated platforms such as TripAdvisor, it collects information on energy efficiency investments and helps users to benchmark their costs in order to make better investment decision.     Jim Woods, CEO at The Crowd (the incubator behind the Curve), said “The journey began in 2014, with the question ‘How can we help to tackle the market failure in corporate energy management?&r... Read more

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Diversity: the killer app?

With the link between diversity and success being well documented, the debate is rapidly moving to how to build a diverse organisation quickly. Organisations that are slow to achieve seem destined to become less relevant. A 2015 study by McKinsey found that UK companies with 10% higher gender and racial diversity in their management teams have a 6% higher profit before tax. Why is this? They make better decisions and innovate faster. They tend to find it easier to hire top talent and connect with customers, and have higher levels of employee satisfaction. But as we’ll explore with s... Read more

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