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Monday, 21 January 2008, 12:00AM

The Case for Sustainable Business

David Blood

Sustainability combines the principles of economic growth, environmental stewardship, governance and social accountability. 'Sustainable' business, commerce and finance are the buzzwords in an age of social and environmental concern. But does 'sustainability' matter or is it just a case of business wolves in social sheep's clothing. David Blood believes that "combining fundamental equity analysis and sustainability research at the beginning, middle and end of the investment process is just a more sensible way to invest and deliver superior returns to our clients." David believes so strongly in the business case for sustainability that, with former USA Vice-President Al Gore, he founded Generation Investment Management in 2004.

David Blood, Managing Partner, Generation Investment Management
Chaired by Michael Mainelli, Mercer's School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College

This is the 2007 Sir Thomas Gresham Docklands Lecture.
Other Sir Thomas Gresham Docklands Lectures can be accessed here:
    2012 - Charles Taylor
    2011 - Andy Haldane
    2010 - Anne Craine
    2009 - Charles McCreevy
    2008 - Bill Emmott
    2006 - Professor Werner G Seifert
    2005 - Sir David Tweedie
    2004 - Callum McCarthy

david-blood

David Blood is the Managing Partner at Generation Investment Management, U.S., LLP. Prior to co-founding the firm, Blood served as the co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (1999-2003), responsible for all aspects of the global business, including portfolio management, sales and client service, risk management and infrastructure, and with oversight of approximately 1,600 people and $325 billion in assets under management. From 1985 to 1999, Blood served in various positions at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., including head of European asset management; head of international operations, technology and finance; treasurer of the Goldman Sachs Group LP; and head of global private capital markets. He was also a member of the Partnership Committee and the European Management Committee. Blood was the first recipient of the John L. Weinberg Award, in 1990, given to a professional in the Investment Banking Division who best typifies Goldman Sachs' core values. He is a member of the board of trustees of The Acumen Fund and SHINE. Blood received a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

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21 January 2008

The Case for Sustainable Business
David Blood

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