The Global LAMP Index®

A Learning Lab With Extraordinary Results

The Global Living Asset Management Performance (LAMP) Index is a learning laboratory of sixty (60) corporate pioneers in living asset stewardship (LAS). It was conceived as a research project in 1995 to inform the writing of Profit For Life (Cambridge: Society for Organizational Learning. 2006). The Index sought LAS exemplars in a diverse spectrum of global industry/sectors – companies that were pioneers in an emerging management genre that mimicked the organization and behavior of living systems.

When completed in 2004, the composition of the Global LAMP Index® was roughly comparable in asset allocation to peer indices, such as the Morgan Stanley Corporate International (MSCI) World Index and the Financial Times (FTSE) Global Index. This made possible credible performance comparisons with those indices.

The exceptional performance of LAMP60 companies relative to these benchmarks led to the subsequent publication of Companies That Mimic Life (Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 2016). Through case studies of 7 leadership companies, this book shows how LAS best practices lifts profitability above LAMP norms – especially in mature industries that normally underperform.

Northfield Information Services (, a global financial consultancy, has analyzed and independently verified Global LAMP Index® returns several times, most recently in March, 2016, when they authenticated results from 1995 through 2015. Results for 2016 and 2017 have not been independently verified, although we stand by their authenticity.

The names of all Global LAMP Index® companies are listed in Companies That Mimic Life. Since 2004 there have been only six changes in the Index’s composition – mostly due to mergers and acquisitions. This gives its results an authenticity that indices with higher turnover rates lack.

That said, if we were to remake the Global LAMP Index® today, some of the original names would drop out and newer ones added. We haven’t done that, however, because LAMP companies have demonstrated an exceptional capacity to reinvent themselves over time. The average and median ages of companies in the LAMP 60 exceeds a century and the oldest one (founded in 1288) is more than 700 years old.

Global LAMP Index® Returns vs. Comparator Indices
1995 – 2017

The Global LAMP Index® was created as a learning lab, not an investment product. Results are based on the average calendar year returns (share price changes plus dividends) of Index companies. These have been independently tested and verified on three occasions (2006, 2007, 2015) by Northfield Information Services. There can be no assurance that similar results will continue into the future.

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