Each year, California Management Review recognizes the article published during the preceding year that has made the most important contribution to management education. This article was selected as a finalist based on its performance and distribution, and the final selection was made by members of the California Management Review Editorial Board and International Advisory Board in April 2019.

This article draws on research in the field of corporate social responsibility, and suggests that, for proper assessment, firms must be held accountable for their political actions (like lobbying and campaign funding) which could have an even greater impact on their environmental performance. To enable these types of assessments, firms must become as transparent about their corporate political responsibility (CPR) as their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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