Can Executive Compensation Push Firms to Harm the Environment?

The recent passage of the Paris Agreement generated by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference highlights the global consensus on the importance of reducing our environmental harm. A significant part of the problem, and thus solution, is business. Companies generate large amounts of pollution. Indeed, Trucost (2013) made the provocative claim that most industries […]

Trade-offs in the Adoption of Sustainability Standards

The issue of social and environmental sustainability is arguably highly relevant today, as forward-looking, self-interested companies have broadly shown they understand. Adherence to the principles underlying standards to pursue sustainability can, however, deliver unintended consequences. How sustainable is sustainability? Some people might ask this question ironically, drawing attention to the lack of a standard definition […]

Do Startups and Incumbents Differ on Reasons for Entering Into Green Industries?

Scholars and policy makers have long posited that new industries that produce environmentally beneficial products are a critical component of environmental sustainability. New firms may foster products and services that enable environmentally friendly practices, while existing firms may shift their product lines in response. Yet, we know little about the drivers for entry into emerging […]

Do Investors Care About Green Ratings?

Environmental information disclosure and environmental transparency programs seem virtually ubiquitous in the business world. Consumers, employees, investors, activists, regulators, and the general public regularly encounter product-level hazard warnings, read eco-labels, hear about firms’ carbon emissions, and listen to the media debate the latest NGO-sponsored green company rankings. The programs that produce this environmental information may […]

Activist Targeting and Corporate Receptivity to Social Challenges

A firm’s public image is one of its most valuable assets, and in a world where signs of social responsibility are increasingly demanded by consumers and other stakeholders, firms must take care to protect their public image from claims of social irresponsibility. Social activists may therefore capture a corporation’s attention (and, often, a concession) by […]

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