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Voluntary Sustainability Reporting Water

Voluntary sustainability reporting: Key factors that influence water disclosure

Companies’ likelihood of disclosing information about their water management voluntarily is impacted mostly by internal factors, including self-regulation and internal governance measures, and external factors, including operating in a water-intensive industry.

Ownership is Key

Ownership is key to engaging customers and employees in environmental and community stewardship

When customers or employees feel a personal connection to a cause or organization, they are more likely to engage in pro-social behaviors such as volunteering and donation efforts.

CSR linked to innovation

CSR linked to increase in innovation capacity

Firm innovation capacity increases with superior management of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk criteria.


Firms that adopt CSR practices are more likely to continue over time

Strong CSR practices can create a virtuous cycle—regardless of past behavior, once firms have adopted CSR behaviors, there is a decreased likelihood of subsequent irresponsible behavior.

Employee Knowledge of CSR

Employee knowledge of CSR activities linked to satisfaction and commitment

Employee knowledge of CSR activities, regardless of type, can lead to increased job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and organizational citizenship behavior, while also decreasing turnover intention.


Corporate citizenship as an indicator of financial audit quality

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms that are more socially responsible are more likely to demand high-quality audits.


How global companies adapt CSR when acquiring firms in the US

Home country cultural norms may enable or discourage the CSR performance of a global company that acquires a U.S. company. Overall, while CSR performance tends to improve, this change is stronger for firms that started off with lower CSR performance.

Framing the donation

Framing the donation: purchase intent and cause marketing campaigns

Adjust the framing of your cause commitments to maximize consumer goodwill.


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