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institutional pressures hold women managers back

Institutional pressures hold women back on top management teams

RESEARCH BRIEF - While companies with women CEOs have lower representation of women in top management teams, this effect is lessened when women CEOs hold more power, boards are open to change, and industry growth is stronger.

companies with strong financial and social performance

What do firms with strong social AND financial performance have in common?

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies that perform better than average financially AND in terms of corporate citizenship tend to be larger and have large boards, a higher percentage of women on boards, and lower leverage.

price promotion to improve cause marketing success

Try price promotions to improve cause marketing success

RESEARCH BRIEF - When used in a cause marketing setting, price promotions, such as discounts and offers for more of the same product for free increase donations.

geographically diverse boards and strong CSR performance

Geographically diverse boards linked to stronger corporate citizenship performance

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms with higher board geographical diversity have higher corporate citizenship performance.

CSR in an economic crisis

Regulatory context is key to corporate social performance in an economic crisis

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms located in countries with established rules regarding CSR tend to perform better on corporate citizenship dimensions in an economic crisis, while firms located in more voluntary CSR contexts tend to perform worse.

volunteering for better health and society

Volunteering is a win-win for health and society

RESEARCH BRIEF - People who volunteer regularly have better health and well-being outcomes compared to those who do not volunteer.

environmental regulations reduce emissions at proactive companies

Do environmental regulations reduce emissions? Yes, when a company is proactive

RESEARCH BRIEF - Having existing emissions commitments, in addition to company and country-level factors, plays a role in whether government environmental policies reduce emissions at a company.

board quotas linked to power boost for women directors

Board quotas linked to boost in power for women directors

RESEARCH BRIEF - Voluntary approaches to promote gender diversity on boards (i.e., corporate governance codes), increase women directors’ access to information within a network of other directors. Binding legislation (i.e., gender quotas), increase the likelihood that individual women will act as unique bridges between peers, which heightens their control over information and power within those networks.

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