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Women increasingly represented on corporate boards, but don’t hold as much power as men

RESEARCH BRIEF - While women directors are more likely than men to hold positions on multiple boards, there is still work to be done to assure that women directors are positioned to influence firm governance.

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With global CSR initiatives, company and regional culture are factors

Longer-term cultures and greater economic freedom correlate to more progressive CSR programs.

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CSR can improve consumers’ trust in a brand, making them more likely to purchase its products

Product appeals linked to CSR commitments can lead to higher levels of trust and increased intention to purchase. This is especially true when such appeals are targeted toward consumers who see themselves as having high levels of integrity (in terms of ethics).

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Need to change employee behavior? Be honest about your motives

When encouraged to change behavior, employees may be more motivated by straightforward, business-driven reasoning than stated prosocial motives such as saving the environment—which they may not view as genuine.

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Meaningful work increases employee engagement

Want employees to be more engaged? Tell them why what they do is important… a lot.

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The effect of government stability on CSR and financial performance

Firms that have both strong CSR performance and operate in a stable institutional environment—with strong governance and regulation enforcement—enjoy benefits to the bottom line. Firms operating in corrupt environments may also receive financial benefits from strong CSR.

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Well-treated employees feel more satisfied and connected to their companies

Thinking about how to improve employee well-being? Think first about your employment practices.

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Strong ESG performance adds value to firms in emerging economies

Positive external ESG ratings and corporate citizenship program assessments correlate to improved financial performance for companies in emerging economies.

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