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Another benefit of gender diverse boards: transparent environmental disclosure

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms with at least two women are their boards are more likely to voluntarily disclose climate-change related strategies and risks.

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All-in: Companies that go deep with CSR integrated with their business strategy are better able to achieve both business and social value

RESEARCH BRIEF - Much has been written about the relationship between corporate social performance (CSP) and corporate financial performance (CFP). Companies with higher levels of cost-leadership (lower cost operations) and product differentiation are more capable of synergizing the value-added and value creation associated with their CSR projects to enhance firm financial performance.

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Companies with strong cost leadership and differentiation are likely leaving value on the table if they don’t invest in CSR

RESEARCH BRIEF - Much has been written about the relationship between corporate social performance (CSP) and corporate financial performance (CFP). Companies with higher levels of cost-leadership (lower cost operations) and product differentiation are more capable of synergizing the value-added and value creation associated with their CSR projects to enhance firm financial performance.

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Regulator and customer pressure correlates to greater environmental investment by small-and medium-sized companies

RESEARCH BRIEF - Small- and medium-sized businesses are motivated to engage in environmental activities when they receive pressure from regulators and customers.

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Reduce turnover among new parents by offering a supportive and flexible environment

RESEARCH BRIEF - To retain new mothers, organizations should offer flexible options and support, as they report higher intentions to stay with a company when they perceive a healthy work-life balance and strong managerial support.

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Citizenship activity correlates to higher dividend payouts

RESEARCH BRIEF - Strong corporate citizenship performance leads to higher dividend payouts for shareholders, especially when companies invest in community relations, diversity, and corporate governance efforts.

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Want to develop employees who are engaged and retain them longer? Communicate corporate citizenship efforts

RESEARCH BRIEF - When employees are aware of their company’s corporate citizenship efforts, they experience higher levels of pride and engagement in the organization. Among non-managerial employees, this leads to higher retention.

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In the long run, strong environmental performance leads to financial returns

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies with slack resources should consider investing in environmental efforts: These investments result in stronger environmental performance in the short term—and stronger financial performance in the long term.

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