Neural Networks: A Methodology to Evaluate Sustainability in Companies

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Forthcoming

Posted: 9 Sep 2011 Last revised: 30 May 2014

Date Written: September 9, 2011

Abstract

Academics and practitioners have not yet developed an adequate method to evaluate the social performance of organizations that includes a robust and comprehensive approach to sustainability and uses the most relevant data sources. This study contributes to research on the evaluation of social performance in organizations by means of an innovative methodology that combines the use of neural networks and fuzzy logic for the development of experts systems suitable for classifying organisations according to their performance on CSR. The methodology has been validated in a simplified scenario and results indicate that it is suitable for replicating the classifications provided by sustainability rating agencies.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), neural networks, sustainability

Suggested Citation

Ferrero-Ferrero, Idoya and Soriano, Raul Leon and Olmedo, Elena Escrig and Munoz-Torres, Maria Jesus and Rivera Lirio, Juana Maria and Fernández Izquierdo, Maria Angeles, Neural Networks: A Methodology to Evaluate Sustainability in Companies (September 9, 2011). Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1924810 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1924810

Idoya Ferrero-Ferrero (Contact Author)

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

Raul Leon Soriano

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

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Elena Escrig Olmedo

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

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Maria Jesus Munoz-Torres

Jaume I University ( email )

Campus del Riu Sec
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

Juana Maria Rivera Lirio

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.uji.es/CA/departaments/cofin/estructura/personal/e@/22752?p_per_id=7730

Maria Angeles Fernández Izquierdo

Jaume I University ( email )

Campus del Riu Sec
Department of Accounting and Finance
E-12071 Castello de la Plana
Spain
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+34 964 758565 (Fax)

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