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Measuring Corporate Environmental Justice Performance

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  • Michael Ash
  • James Boyce
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    Measures of corporate environmental justice performance can be a valuable tool in efforts to promote corporate social responsibility and to document systematic patterns of environmental injustice. This paper develops such a measure based on the extent to which toxic air emissions from industrial facilities disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities and low-income people. Applying the measure to 100 major corporate air polluters in the United States, we find wide variation in the extent of disproportional exposures. In a number of cases, minorities bear more than half of the total human health impacts from the firm's industrial air pollution.This Working Paper was revised in June 2009.

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    Paper provided by Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst in its series Working Papers with number wp186_revised.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:uma:periwp:wp186_revised

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    Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; corporate environmental performance;

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