Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Nicholas Bailey, Honors Thesis Advisor

Second Advisor

Jessica Moon, Director, University Honors Program


Social responsibility of business; U.S. states--Political aspects;


The purpose of this thesis is to examine the correlation between the political environment of the state where a company is headquartered and the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices. Additionally, I add firm specific factors as moderating variables to see if they will positively or negatively influence this relationship. Although there is an abundance of research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its effects on firm performance this paper will look more narrowly at the environmental aspect of CSR and use state political orientation as the independent variable with firm characteristics acting as the moderating variables. Our results conclude that firms headquartered in Democratic leaning states invest more heavily in CSR and environmental practices than do companies headquartered in Republican leaning states. Firm leverage and performance were found to have a negative moderating effect on state political orientation and environmental practice adoption by firms.

Year of Submission



Department of Management

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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