Corporate social responsibility and firm value: disaggregating the effects on cash flow, risk and growth
Journal of Business Ethics
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This paper examines how the stock market values corporate social responsibility (CSR). We consider the multidimensionality of CSR and make a distinction between strengths and concerns. We disaggregate the effect on value by considering differences between forecasted profitability, long term growth and the cost of capital. For individual dimensions, in general strengths are valued positively, but weaknesses do not always detract from value. However, when an overall measure of CSR performance is employed, the result is a significant negative valuation of CSR concerns. These valuation effects are principally driven by CSR performance associated with better long run growth prospects, with a minor contribution made by a lower cost of equity capital.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-013-1898-5
Vol. 124, pp. 633 - 657