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Measuring Corporate Environmental Justice Performance


  • Michael A. Ash

    () (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • James K. Boyce

    () (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


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.

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  • Michael A. Ash & James K. Boyce, 2008. "Measuring Corporate Environmental Justice Performance," UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers 2008-16, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ums:papers:2008-16

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    1. James K. Boyce, 2002. "The Political Economy of the Environment," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2080.
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    Corporate social responsibility; corporate environmental performance; environmental justice; air pollution;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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