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Innovating for Sustainability: Costs of Sustainability-washing
Where do I begin research on the Costs of Sustainability-washing?

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Thomson ONE
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Bloomberg (In Library Only)
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MSCI iRatings 

A suite of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research and analysis products from MSCI. This includes the following resource which should be helpful:

  • Intangible Value Assessment (IVA) -- analysis of the key ESG issues facing companies and industries, with a focus on financial implications. IVA includes company profiles, industry reports, and thematic research. Browse the "Industry Index" tab to find industry overviews and reports on the underlying companies. MSCI provides an annual report looking at ESG issues facing specific industries. 
  • ESG Impact Monitor -- assessment of ESG controversies consistent with international norms represented in numerous, widely accepted, global conventions, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the UN Global Compact.

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Business Source Complete
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Google Scholar
Simple way to search academic literature with direct links to Harvard resources.

Primo Central is a cross-disciplinary resource that covers hundreds of millions of e-resources, such as journal articles, e-books, and digital collections.
News service reporting on responsible investment, ESG and sustainable finance. 
Find information on best practices, and business models in terms of ESG. Includes news and analysis targeted to institutional investors globally.


Marquis, Christopher, and Michael W. Toffel. "Scrutiny, Norms, and Selective Disclosure: A Global Study of Greenwashing." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 11–115, May 2011. (Revised January 2015.)


Baker Library Research Guides

Company, Industry Career Research Guide  Look to the "Analyze Companies" tab.

Business and the Environment Research Guide 

Social Enterprise Research Guide