Which Are the Main Factors Influencing Corporate Social Responsibility Information Disclosures on Universities’Websites
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Garde Sanchez, R.; Rodríguez Bolívar, M.P.; López Hernandez, A.M. Which Are the Main Factors Influencing Corporate Social Responsibility Information Disclosures on Universities’Websites. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 524. [https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020524]
Universities are now becoming more active in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Nevertheless, they do not appear to be granting the same degree of importance to the dissemination of these activities. This article analyses the voluntary corporate social responsibility information disclosed by leading USA universities. We created several indexes of corporate social responsibility information disclosure and examined main universities’ characteristics that affect corporate social responsibility disclosure by these entities. The findings obtained show that the universities are strongly committed to the dissemination of corporate social responsibility information, and that a university’s size, affiliation, public/private status and ranking position are the factors most significantly affecting its online disclosure of general corporate social responsibility information. These findings could be useful for university administrators, especially those in public universities, highlighting the importance of developing and supporting policies and incentives to promote CSR disclosure and thus attract new students and meet social expectations about the ethical behaviour of universities.