ESG performance and disclosure: A cross-country analysis

Joseph Mc Cahery, Paul Pudschedl, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes

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We use a unique dataset to examine the link between ESG disclosure and quality through a cross-country comparison of disclosure requirements and stewardship codes. We find a strong relationship between the extent of ESG disclosure and the quality of a firm’s disclosure. Furthermore, we find that ESG is correlated with decreased risk. This result suggests that firms with good ESG scores are simply disclosing more information. Finally, we show that ESG scores have little or no impact on risk-adjusted financial performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-241
Number of pages25
JournalSingapore Journal of Legal Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020


  • ESG, Sustainable Finance, Stewardship Codes, Financial Performance, Disclosure


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