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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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When leaders engage with professional networks, environmental performance improves

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms working to improve their environmental sustainability should encourage leaders to rely on data and engage with professional networks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Consistent commitment to causes increases consumer purchase intent

RESEARCH BRIEF - A company’s long-term commitment to corporate citizenship efforts improves customer purchase intentions and perceptions of social responsibility, especially when it remains consistent during difficult economic times

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Gender diverse boards lead to stronger corporate citizenship

RESEARCH BRIEF - Women’s presence on corporate boards is associated with enhanced community engagement, stronger governance, and more sustainable environmental practices—this is especially true of boards with three or more women.

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Invest in environmental management systems over time for the strongest results

RESEARCH BRIEF - Environmental management systems are effective in lowering a firm’s carbon emissions, and become more valuable the longer they are in place.

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Corporate citizenship keeps investors in the know about your company

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms that engage in corporate citizenship also work actively to communicate transparently about operations, policies, and CSR commitments. The additional information available to outside investors, leads to more consistent forecasts and stronger liquidity.

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Cross-border giving of corporate foundations

RESEARCH BRIEF - Trends reveal that corporate foundations are more likely to give to countries where they have employees, consumers, and/or suppliers. In regions with weak governance processes, corporate foundations are more likely to give through intermediaries to ensure proper stewardship of their gifts.

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