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Strong corporate citizenship eliminates negative market effect of mandatory ESG disclosure

RESEARCH BRIEF - While the market initially reacts negatively to the announcement of mandated ESG reporting, firms that have strong ESG performance and disclosure are not only spared from the market reaction, they actually benefit.


Gender diversity on boards: Inclusion is key to maximize financial benefits of diversity to the firm

RESEARCH BRIEF - Gender diversity on boards can have a positive impact on financial performance, especially when women directors serve on major board committees, such as audit and compensation.


Communicate your company’s environmental commitments to increase consumer interest in environmentally friendly products

RESEARCH BRIEF - Customers are more likely to purchase an environmentally friendly product when the company promotes its own environmental commitment in its marketing messages.


Disclosing carbon risk minimizes the financial ramifications of emissions

RESEARCH BRIEF - While increased carbon emissions lead to higher debt financing costs, transparent communication—signaling awareness and providing context—mitigates this effect.


The key to making corporate citizenship deliver shareholder value? A long-term perspective.

RESEARCH BRIEF - When seeking to improve financial performance through corporate citizenship, a long-term perspective is vital. When firms attract long-term investors and invest in corporate citizenship, stock valuations increase by nearly 5 percent.


Corporate wellness programs benefit all involved—including the company

RESEARCH BRIEF - Corporate wellness programs are widely used and can benefit employees across the health spectrum. Employee participation in these programs can improve productivity and ultimately the bottom line.


Increase efficiency and consumer demand by improving environmental management

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms that reduce their environmental impacts—through lower carbon emissions and formal environmental management systems—increase consumer demand and productivity.


Corporate citizenship improvements result in lower risk ratings

RESEARCH BRIEF - Long-term debt markets reward increases in corporate citizenship with lower risk ratings and lower costs of capital.


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