False profits of ethical capital

Finance, labour and the politics of risk

By Claire Parfitt

False profits of ethical capital
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  • ISBN: 9781526174246
  • Publish Date: Jul 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    False profits of ethical capital is a thought-provoking approach to understanding stakeholder capitalism. Rather than focusing on the inadequacies of corporate responsibility, sustainable investment and consumer politics, this book grapples with the technical and rhetorical functions of ethical capital for profit and accumulation. It provides a unique and eclectic analysis of the political dynamics between finance, capital and labour, offering a refreshing perspective on struggles interlocking social, ecological and economic crises, and suggesting new ways of thinking about sustainability politics.


    'A rich contribution to social science from the winner of the 2022 doctoral dissertation prize of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo), who incisively interrogates the prophecy that better management of environmental, social, and governance risks (ESG) can build a more equitable, stable, and sustainable capitalism. A must read for students and scholars, proponents and opponents of ethical capital.'
    Professor Darius Wojcik, Professor of Financial Geography, National University of Singapore


    Introduction: A more responsible and resilient capitalism?
    Part I Moral economies
    Chapter 1 A history of capital's moral economies and speculation
    Chapter 2 A speculative moral economy
    Part II Risk and value
    Chapter 3 Ethics, risk and value: The derivative logic in action
    Chapter 4 Accounting for ethics: SASB and Integrated Reporting
    Part III Producing ethical capital
    Chapter 5 Brands and the (re)production of ethics
    Chapter 6 ESG information as an ethical capital asset
    Conclusion - Risky politics: Considerations in contesting ethical capital


    Claire Parfitt is a Lecturer in Political Economy at The University of Sydney

    False profits of ethical capital

    By Claire Parfitt

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