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Job-changing narrows the gender pay gap, but doesn’t eliminate it

RESEARCH BRIEF - Women achieve greater gains in pay than men when moving from one company to another. However, the pay gap persists, driven by inequity in performance-based bonuses.


Competition laws, norms, and corporate social responsibility

RESEARCH BRIEF - Increased competition spurs increased corporate citizenship investment.


CSR can be a crucial factor in supply chain relationships

RESEARCH BRIEF - When a company and its supply chain partner are aligned on corporate citizenship, managers perceive better performance in supply chain relationships.


Key factors that link stakeholder engagement and higher firm performance

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies adopting stakeholder engagement strategies may increase firm financial performance when the most appropriate engagement strategy is employed.


For undervalued firms, releasing CSR news can lead to increased stock performance

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms that are undervalued in the stock market tend to issue additional nonfinancial information beyond their CSR reports. Evidence states that this may lead to positive stock performance.


What makes the media more likely to cover unethical corporate behavior?

RESEARCH BRIEF - The media reports on corporate social irresponsibility events significantly more for strong and well-established brands.


The virtuous cycle of board diversity and inclusive business practices

RESEARCH BRIEF - Increased board diversity leads to the adoption of management practices that support diversity—and vice versa—this virtuous cycle can result in a more inclusive culture over time.


CSR transparency linked to increase in corporate payouts

RESEARCH BRIEF - Investor demands and CSR practices are not in conflict, as research shows that transparency of environmental and social practices can increase firm-level payouts on dividends and stock repurchase.


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