BUFFALO, N.Y. – A University at Buffalo expert on
corporate social responsibility (CSR) is available to comment on
how the BP oil spill disaster will affect the company's CSR
In recent years, BP may have slipped a few notches in rankings
of the most responsible corporations says UB's Trina Hamilton, who
studies corporate responsibility and corporate advertising
campaigns. But, she notes, it has traditionally been ranked as one
of the world's most responsible corporations.
"A lot of the socially responsible investors I've spoken with
over the years have used BP as an example of a company that is
quite open to dialogue, certainly more so than some other oil
companies," she says.
Obviously, the current disaster and its impact on the
environment and the worker fatalities that resulted have the
potential to change that positive view.
"The safety issue is a big counteracting force against that
view," she says, noting that the Gulf disaster comes just a few
years after the 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that also
resulted in fatalities.
Hamilton's full commentary is available on UB's "NewsTips"
website at http://newstips.buffalo.edu.
Members of the media are invited to regularly check this new
website, where a listing of faculty available to discuss news
topics and trends is updated periodically.
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