Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Advisor/Committee Chair

Raymond K. Van Ness


Growing concerns for the general welfare of society as well as the environment have become a pertinent aspect of many cultures throughout the world. Corporations have begun to realize that their customers expect them to act in socially responsible ways. This investigation is aimed at discovering if socially responsible behavior has a positive correlation to firm financial performance. A socially responsible firm will be compared to a less socially responsible firm in order to determine if a correlation exists. Profitability ratios will be analyzed between the two firms in order to see which company is experiencing more financial success. It was discovered that socially responsible firms can achieve financial results that are on par with firms that are not as socially responsible.

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