Study: Churchgoers Favor Socially Responsible Companies

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – A new study has found there is a strong association between religious adherence and affiliation, and voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Yuan Sun, a professor at Boston University School of Management, and Paul Griffin, a professor at the University of California Davis, conducted the research study using data found in disclosures reported by the CSRwire news service and other public records.

Inside their research paper titled, “Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure and Religion”, the professors demonstrate that companies in areas of high populations of people who practice religion engage in more environmental disclosure as opposed to social welfare disclosure.

“Churches and other religious organizations might consider promoting voluntary CSR disclosure as a means to better align corporations’ actions with communities’ beliefs about environmental protection and social welfare,” Griffin explained in a press release.

More CSR information is disclosed when populations near the corporate headquarters…

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