Research: Who’s Lobbying Congress on Climate Change

To many, political lobbying is seen as a way to advance special interests at the expense of the greater good. So when it comes to lobbying on climate change, the prevailing public view is that most firms lobby against climate regulations — such as those aiming to curb carbon emissions — because greater regulation threatens industry. […]

4 Obstacles on the Way to a Circular Economy

The concept of circular economy is a grand, sweeping vision, which we hope will lead to better business models and environmental outcomes. Following promising reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and the adoption of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy, the topic has moved front and center of the sustainability dialogue. While […]

On Climate, Corporations Need to Grow a Soul

Can you imagine the big banks saying: “Hey, Obama! Break us up! We need regulation!” Of course not. That’s because corporations almost never take positions that threaten their short-term self-interest. Can you imagine a mainstream corporation leading the charge on, say, marriage equality twenty years ago? Nope. (Richard Socarides, a staffer in the Clinton White […]

What Makes Public Disclosure Effective? The Case of Fracking Disclosure in Canada

We recently published a report on “The Effectiveness of Fracking Disclosure Regimes in Canada.” Our research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as part of its Imagining Canada’s Future Initiative. Overall, our research had three phases. First, we searched prior studies to identify factors which have been shown to […]

Can Companies Pay Less By Doing Good?

Based on “Social Responsibility Messages and Worker Wage Requirements: Field Experimental Evidence from Online Labor Marketplaces,” forthcoming, Organization Science. Companies continue to invest in and place importance on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Yet the question remains, how can firms “do well by doing good”? What are the mechanisms through which CSR influences firm performance? Though […]

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