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Measuring Corporate Environmental Justice Performance
Economics Department Working Paper Series
  • Michael Ash, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • James K Boyce, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Working Paper Number
2008-16
Publication Date
2008
Abstract
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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Citation Information
Michael Ash and James K Boyce. "Measuring Corporate Environmental Justice Performance" (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_ash/1/