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Boycotting consumers hold companies responsible for negative events, not themselves

RESEARCH BRIEF - Consumers hold companies accountable negative events and disasters, including environmental disasters, supply chain conditions, and mistreatment of employees.


Interdepartmental collaboration improves perceptions of performance of older workers

RESEARCH BRIEF - Organizations should encourage formal and informal collaboration across departments to combat age discrimination and maximize workforce potential.


Empowered female executives reduce corporate legal risk

RESEARCH BRIEF - Increasing high-powered female representation at the executive level can reduce a firm’s exposure to legal risk by up to 20 percent in the following year.


Corporate citizenship is associated with lower cost of equity

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms that engage in corporate citizenship activities are more likely to benefit from lower equity costs and therefore are more likely to see higher returns on investment overall.


For suppliers, strong environmental goals and firm performance go together

RESEARCH BRIEF - Manufacturing firms have stronger financial performance when they embed environmental practices and targets into business processes and overall corporate culture.


Provide strategic context to ensure analysts understand your integrated report

RESEARCH BRIEF - In an integrated report, analysts are able to more accurately assess the materiality of nonfinancial issues when they are provided with a narrative or visual representation (such as a materiality matrix) of the link between the strategic objectives of the firm.


How does firm behavior affect financial performance? Depends on your competitive context

RESEARCH BRIEF - Corporate social responsibility is related to positive financial performance.


Reduced carbon emissions lead to improved financial performance—the extent of improvement is industry-dependent

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies that reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) output enjoy better financial performance.


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