Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 26, 2005 -
Â A self-styled clearing house for the Âcorporate social responsibilityÂ (CSR) movement stonewalled a recent study showing companies donÂt profit by adopting politically ÂprogressiveÂ policies.
CSRWire, an SRIWorld owned news distribution service, claims to offer a Âlive, unfiltered feed [of] news releasesÂ representing Âthe views of the authoring companies and organizations.Â
But CSRWire refused to publish news about a January study authored by award-winning economist Arthur Laffer that found no link between corporate profitability and CSR policies.
ÂOpenly promoting a particular agenda is perfectly fine; however, CSRWire represents themselves as a provider of unfiltered information for investors and analysts, and that is clearly not the case,Â said Steven Milloy, CSRWatch.com president. ÂBasic principles of transparency, which underlie the tenets of corporate social responsibility are sorely lacking here.Â
CSRWire has distributed numerous press releases touting books and studies with claims such as ÂProfits with PrinciplesÂ and ÂStudy Links Financial Link to Environmental Performance.Â More than 300 Web pages containing the word ÂprofitabilityÂ linked to various CSR and SRI reports can be found on the SRI World Group sites.
ÂFor years, advocates of CSR and Âsocial responsible investmentÂ (SRI) have claimed that a CSR agenda is not only nice but profitable,Â said Fred Smith, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. free-market think tank. ÂBut what they are really trying to do is keep themselves in business. They donÂt want the public to get all the facts.Â
LafferÂs study challenges the notion Â loudly trumpeted by proponents of corporate social responsibility -- that the practice is not only good, but good for business. And the 1/22 issue of The Economist confirms this challenge, stating in an editorial ÂCSR cannot be a substitute for wise (business) policies Â In several little-noticed respects, it is already a hindrance to them. If left unchallenged, it could well become more so. To improve capitalism, you first need to understand it. The thinking behind CSR does not meet that test.Â See http://www.economist.com for the full story and http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=3574392 for an interview with Economist Deputy Editor Clive Crook.
A copy of the Laffer study, funded by CSRWatch.com, transcript and streaming audio of the media roundtable is available online at http://www.csrwatch.com/.
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