Corporate Environmental Policy and Shareholder Value: Following the Smart Money

55 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2016

See all articles by Chitru S. Fernando

Chitru S. Fernando

University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business

Mark Sharfman

University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business

Vahap Bülent Uysal

DePaul University

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: November 3, 2016

Abstract

We examine the value consequences of corporate social responsibility through the lens of institutional shareholders. We find a sharp asymmetry between corporate policies that mitigate the firm’s exposure to environmental risk and those that enhance its perceived environmental friendliness (“greenness”). Institutional investors shun stocks with high environmental risk exposure, which we show have lower valuations as predicted by risk management theory. These findings suggest that corporate environmental policies that mitigate environmental risk exposure create shareholder value. In contrast, firms that increase greenness do not create shareholder value and are also shunned by institutional investors.

Keywords: Environmental Risk Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Socially Responsible Investing, Institutional Ownership, Analyst Coverage, Firm Value

JEL Classification: D71, G11, G12, G32, Q50

Suggested Citation

Fernando, Chitru S. and Sharfman, Mark P. and Uysal, Vahap B., Corporate Environmental Policy and Shareholder Value: Following the Smart Money (November 3, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2864919 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2864919

Chitru S. Fernando (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business ( email )

Adams Hall
307 West Brooks Street
Norman, OK 73019-4004
United States
405-325-2906 (Phone)
405-325-7688 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/F/Chitru.Fernando-1/

Mark P. Sharfman

University of Oklahoma - Michael F. Price College of Business ( email )

Norman, OK
United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/S/Mark.P.Sharfman-1/

Vahap B. Uysal

DePaul University ( email )

1 East Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604-2287
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://business.depaul.edu/faculty/faculty-a-z/Pages/vahap-uysal.aspx

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
349
Abstract Views
1,861
rank
72,495
PlumX Metrics