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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Finance & Decision Sciences

Title

Corporate social performance, firm valuation, and industrial difference: Evidence from Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

This study addresses two issues. First, does corporate social performance matter in Hong Kong. Second, if yes, is it relevant to some industries more than others. To answer these questions, we develop a corporate social performance index (CSP) to measure the quality of corporate social performance of major Hong Kong listed firms. The criteria are based on the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. Using the 3-year period from 2002 to 2005, we find that firm valuation is positive and significantly associated with CSP. Interestingly, this relation matters less in China related firms and firms with a concentrated ownership structure. The results also show that CSP impacts firm valuation more positively when the firm is in the service sector. We further find that CSP is positively related to the market valuation of the subsequent year. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Keywords

Corporate social performance, Firm valuation, Hong Kong market

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume

114

Issue

4

Start Page

625

End Page

631

Publisher

Springer Verlag

ISSN (print)

01674544

ISSN (electronic)

15730697

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