Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 295-309
Posted: 11 Apr 2010 Last revised: 21 Mar 2013
Date Written: April 9, 2010
Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to examine the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and firm performance, taking into account firm value and financial performance, in an emerging market - Brazil.
Design/methodology/approach – Content analysis was conducted to extract data from two different sources, one relative to CSR data and another that provided financial data. CSR indexes and financial performance measures were calculated to allow the estimation of regression analysis conducted to examine the relationship between CSR and performance.
Findings - The results indicate that CSR is value destroying in Brazil since a negative correlation between CSR and firm value was found. Additionally, a neutral relationship characterizes the mutual effect between CSR and financial performance.
Originality/value – The study has examined the relationship between CSR and firm performance in a country where, as in most other non-developed markets, such relationship has not been object of research. Besides, we also see the use of a three dimensional measure of CSR, mainly considering a research undertaken in an emerging market, as a valuable contribution.
Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Firm Value, Financial Performance, Emerging Markets
JEL Classification: M14
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Crisóstomo, Vicente Lima and Freire, Fátima de Souza and Vasconcellos, Felipe Cortes, Corporate Social Responsibility, Firm Value and Financial Performance in Brazil (April 9, 2010). Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 295-309. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1587023