Beyond good Intentions: Designing CSR initiatives for greater impact

SITE (Science, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship)

Speaker:Irene Henriques, Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto
Date: Friday 6 November 2020
Time: 3 pm
Location: Online - invite (Eventbrite) available via

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Summary: Are CSR initiatives providing the societal good that they promise? After decades of CSR studies, we do not have an answer. Corporations are good at assessing financial outcomes but poor at accounting for the environmental and social impacts of their actions. Markets often accept “good intentions” alone, allowing firms to gain financial benefits from their sustainability efforts without clearly demonstrating substantive environmental impact. Based on a 2020 Journal of Management paper with Michael Barnett and Bryan Husted, I will describe how we undertook our review, identified the factors that have limited the literature’s progress and suggest a new approach to study CSR that may overcome these limits. Irene Henriques is a Professor of Sustainability and Economics at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, Distinguished Visiting Star Professor at the EGADE Business School, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, and former Co-Editor of Business & Society. She is an Affiliate Research Scholar for the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation (RICSI). Her research interests span economics, stakeholder management and sustainability. She has published numerous articles in leading economic and management journals including the American Economic Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Management Studies. Irene has served as Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management and the Strategy Division of Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. She has also served as Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the US, Canadian and Mexican Environment Ministers under NAFTA (the Commission for Environmental Cooperation).