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    BOARD GENDER DIVERSITY AND ITS EFFECTS ON CSR PERFORMANCE IN THE MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY, RETAIL, AND APPAREL INDUSTRIES by Bilgi, Hamiyyet

    This paper investigates CSR ratings among firms that have varying corporate board gender compositions within the media, technology, retail and apparel industries in the United States. An empirical model is used to investigate whether the percentage of women board of directors has a substantial effect on a company’s CSR performance, whether or not these differences vary by industry, and if a critical mass of women shifts these results. The conclusions of the paper relied on data from Thomson Reuter’s ASSET4, Spencer Stuarts Annual Indices, and individual financial reports of firms. The analysis provides evidence that there a positive relationship between board gender composition and CSR ratings and that there are some industry level differences but the presence of a critical mass of women does not have a significant impact.