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A penny saved: Gender diverse boards are less likely to overpay for acquisitions

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms with women directors have been shown to offer acquisition bids less frequently.


Got strong CSR performance? Then sustainability reporting will deliver you strong returns

RESEARCH BRIEF - By issuing a sustainability report, firms with strong corporate citizenship performance can increase their market performance in short and long terms.


Strong corporate citizenship programs bolster financial performance during crises

RESEARCH BRIEF - Investors assign a premium to firms with strong corporate citizenship performance during a crisis of trust.


The trick to keeping employees happy and engaged? Consistent treatment.

RESEARCH BRIEF - Corporate citizenship practitioners working to increase employee engagement and wellness should stress the importance of consistency to company managers and their human resources colleagues.


Donating after a disaster: Cause is the key to consumer response

RESEARCH BRIEF - Consumer perceptions of corporate disaster relief vary based on the cause of the disaster.


What drives success—financial or environmental performance? Research says both.

RESEARCH BRIEF - Strong environmental performance both stems from and results in strong financial performance, though focusing on outcome-based initiatives—such as carbon reduction efforts—will result in both market and accounting-based value-creation.


Boss pressuring you to bend the rules? Try hanging posters with inspirational quotes about ethics in your office.

RESEARCH BRIEF - When employees expose their managers to moral symbols in the workplace, managers are less likely to engage in unethical behaviors or ask their employees to engage in unethical behavior.


Consider worker safety when working to meet analyst forecasts

RESEARCH BRIEF - When managers feel pressure to meet analyst forecasts, workplace safety may suffer. Companies experience higher worker injury rates when managers are seeking to meet or just beat earnings expectations, as compared to those that miss or comfortably beat them.


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