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An Empirical Analysis Of Differences In Environmental Transparency Across Firms, Sean Robert Smith Jan 2013

An Empirical Analysis Of Differences In Environmental Transparency Across Firms, Sean Robert Smith

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In recent years, many firms have voluntarily taken actions to gradually increase the transparency of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. Using data on a sample of U.S. firms, this paper empirically examines the factors that encourage firms to choose different levels of CSR transparency. This adds to the previous literature that has focused only on the binary decision to engage or not to engage in CSR, as opposed to the extent and comprehensiveness of voluntary CSR reporting. Environmental transparency data are collected from the Roberts Environmental Center (REC) at Claremont McKenna College, while data for firm characteristics and ...