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Does corporate social responsibility affect shareholder value? Evidence from the COVID‐19 crisis

Somya Arora, Jagan Kumar Sur and Yogesh Chauhan

International Review of Finance, 2022, vol. 22, issue 2, 325-334

Abstract: The COVID‐19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown were an unanticipated shock to the global stock market. Managers also had minimal time to counterbalance its effect through corporate policies. Therefore, this health crisis offers a unique opportunity to examine the effect of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on shareholder value. We observe that firms engaged in more CSR activities outperform other firms. This suggests that CSR plays a positive role in determining shareholder value, particularly for an emerging market where minority shareholder rights are weak. Collaborating with our main finding, we further find that governance metrics play a significant role.

Date: 2022
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