Auditors offering both corporate social responsibility assurance and financial auditing to their clients could be best option for firms
With shareholders and stakeholders becoming more and more concerned with firms’ corporate social responsibility (CSR), audit firms now provide CSR assurance services for sustainability reports. As such, firms wonder whether it is more beneficial to use a financial audit firm that also provides CSR assurance, or to hire a different CSR assurance provider than the financial auditor. Researchers explain why the first option is the best option for firms.
Sustainability indices: do investors actually care?
In the face of social, environmental, and financial disruptions, more attention is being paid to corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, and sustainability benchmarks have multiplied. But does a firm's listing in a CSR index really matter to investors? HEC researchers investigated how important inclusion in the leading global CSR benchmark, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World, is to investors.
The protection of whistleblowers: What does the law say in France and in the US
Should whistleblowers be compensated or prosecuted? In their latest research, professors from HEC Paris Nicole Stolowy and Luc Paugam, together with Lawyer Aude Londero, shed light on the different realities faced by whistleblowers depending on jurisdictions, in France and in the United-States.
CEO Pay and Philanthropy: When good intentions attract bad attention
In giving large compensation to CEOs, some companies receive criticism in the media, while others escape attention. Recent research shows that the companies under the most scrutiny are often those who engage in activities that media and other stakeholders perceive as contradictory, such as CEO overcompensation and corporate philanthropy.
How storytelling can increase support for whistleblowers
Whistleblowers are often condemned by society, but they can be key to uncovering scandal. Hervé Stolowy, Luc Paugam and co-researchers Yves Gendron and Jodie Moll uncover how whistleblowers can tell their stories to better promote the positive aspects of their role for society and increase their legitimacy.
Thinking through cannabis markets
The relationship between cannabis and society is a long and deeply contested one. Throughout history, cannabis has been associated with everything from health, leisure, and pop culture to criminal and immoral behavior. But beyond the simple debate about whether cannabis is good or bad, the study of cannabis markets needs interdisciplinarity, to know what is required to construct an effective and fair contested market.
Understanding Financial Regulation: A Tool For Success
Since the 2008 financial crisis, understanding financial regulation has never been more important. This month’s newsletter assesses regulation’s impact on corporations and markets, showcasing work carried out by HEC Paris’ faculty on various aspects of the fast-moving regulatory landscape.
Annual reports: Why it's helpful to publish them in English
Hervé Stolowy and his co-authors look at the impact for companies based in non-English speaking countries of the publication of their annual reports in English. The researchers find that there are positive consequences for businesses that adopt this approach: increased foreign ownership and following by financial analysts, together with a decrease in information asymmetry.