Corporate social responsibility disclosure and the value of cash holdings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-753
Journal / PublicationEuropean Accounting Review
Volume26
Issue number4
Online published21 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Abstract

This study investigates whether corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports mitigate the value destruction associated with increases in cash holdings. We find that the issuance of a standalone CSR report increases the marginal value of cash holdings and this effect is more pronounced for firms in a less transparent information environment and for firms with weaker external monitoring. Our results suggest that information in CSR reports can facilitate monitoring and thus induce more efficient use of cash holdings.