29 Aug '11, 9pm

Force-fitting CSR into the financial market

One of the issues with measuring the return CSR delivers is that there are so many variables which affect stock price that isolating specific CSR effects is almost a non-starter. A recent post by the Elm Consulting Group refers to "the lackluster historical success of valuation of environmental/sustainability matters in the context of stock prices," explaining "environmental/sustainability matters don’t fit into this model, either because they tend not to be financially material, or they don’t develop economic certainty within the ‘current quarter’ myopia of corporate management, financial markets and analysts." In other words, some say force-fitting CSR into a financial evaluation of companies just doesn’t work. Results may be available but causality remains evasive.

Full article: http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/103-force-fitting-csr-i...

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