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Thiago Emmanuel, Andre Carvalhal, Marcos Avila

DOI: 10.22495/cocv9i3art11


This paper analyses the relationship between social responsibility and financial performance of Brazilian companies. This subject has been largely studied and presents many discussions and different points of view. There are a considerably number of research that tries to link social responsibility and financial performance. However, there is not a fully established consensus about the issue. Despite a great number of empirical researches regarding this subject, there are few studies in the Brazilian market. We analyze 515 Brazilian companies listed on BM&FBovespa from 2001 to 2007 and check which companies have disclosed the IBASE social report, which proposes a standardized methodology for social reporting and allows us to compare companies in different sectors over time. Our results indicate that companies that disclose social information have a superior performance when compared with companies that do not disclose. Moreover, financial performance is positively related with social investments. Interestingly, the "voluntary" social investments, which are not mandatory by law, have a strong effect on firm value and performance.

Keywords: Social Responsibility, Firm Performance, Firm Value

How to cite this paper: Emmanuel, T., Carvalhal, A., & Avila, M. (2012). Does social responsibility matter for firm performance? Evidence from Brazil. Corporate Ownership & Control, 9(3), 132-141.

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