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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Three questions for choosing a winning company

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 10:15am

CAMPAIGN: Corporate Governance

CONTENT: Article

By Chad Holliday | 25 April 2013

(Editors Note: Mr. Holliday is the former Chairman and CEO of DuPont, and he serves on several corporate boards)

How do you pick a successful company for the long term, either as an investor in a stock or a career?  This article adds to existing best practices for choosing a company in which to invest.  There are a number of ratings and analytical factors to consider in choosing a company— e.g., growth of its industry, differentiation, competitive advantage, experienced leadership, market segmentation, net worth growth and stock price performance.  All of the traditional methods for choosing a company, including your wisdom and judgment should be utilized.  In addition, the sustainability of the company should be assessed.  In this brief article we describe three areas to consider.

I currently serve on the boards of Bank of America, Royal Dutch Shell, John Deere and CH2MHILL; and am the former Chairman and CEO of DuPont. Ten years ago, while serving as Chairman for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) I co-authored a book called, Walking the Talk: The Business Case for Sustainable Development.  This book examined 67 case studies (based on 70 organizations).  The case studies focused on describing what actions leading organizations were taking in the areas of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and climate change.  In 2013, through my company, East Meets West Solutions, LLC, we examined the success of the 70 organizations over the past 10 years.

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CAMPAIGN: Corporate Governance

CONTENT: Article

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