Cowton, Christopher J. and Low, Christopher (2003) The ethical ratings phenomenon. New Academy Review, 2 (3). pp. 91-95. ISSN 1476-7201

The rating of companies’ ethical, social and environmental performance is an increasingly common practice. This paper describes a research project designed to explore empirically this phenomenon of growing importance. It outlines a framework that positions rating agencies as information intermediaries and from this derives an initial list of research questions relating to the three major categories of players involved – companies, rating agencies and users of the ratings generated.

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