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The risk of using jargon in ESG disclosure

RESEARCH BRIEF - For firms that actively manage their sustainability, jargon and complex sentences can depress environmental performance scores.


During product recalls, corporate citizenship may protect shareholder value

RESEARCH BRIEF - In the case of a product recall, firm investments in corporate citizenship are positively associated with shareholder value and can help protect against future recall-associated risk.


The trick to improving performance in online cause marketing campaigns

RESEARCH BRIEF - Increasing social pressure in online fundraising can increase customer donation frequency and amount.


On boards, women let women in

RESEARCH BRIEF - CEOs, top management teams, board-nominating committees appointed by the board chair, and other “gatekeepers” of corporate leadership have a significant role to play in increasing gender diversity on boards of directors.


Consumers equate supply chain with product quality

RESEARCH BRIEF - Negative supply chain news may harm consumer confidence in product quality, regardless of whether the news is related to quality of ingredients or materials.


Independent board directors may lead to more transparent sustainability reporting

RESEARCH BRIEF - Companies with independent directors are more likely to create a CSR committee on their boards, which ultimately helps encourage a more transparent culture and disclosure through sustainability reporting using widely adopted standards, such as GRI.


Outside knowledge can improve a firm’s environmental innovation

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms with access to a larger variety of knowledge sources are in a better position to identify opportunities for environmental innovation.


Firms respond to competitors’ corporate citizenship with ESG investments of their own

RESEARCH BRIEF - ESG votes (whether passed or not) can signal opportunities to gain financial advantage for improved ESG performance.


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