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Are shareholders environmental "laggards"? Corporate Governance and environmental firm performance

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  • CARL KOCK

    ()
    (Instituto de Empresa)

  • JUAN SANTALO

    ()
    (Instituto de Empresa)

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From a reactive, antagonistic stance towards environmental regulations, many firms have evolved to act in a pro-active fashion to integrate environmental issues into their core strategies. Using measures of different corporate governance instruments that proxy for the ability of managers or shareholders to implement their strategic preferences we demonstrate empirically that shareholders are indeed laggards because they lower firm environmental performance while the latter actually has positive effects on firm financial performance. Managers, however, push for better environmental and hence financial performance and thus act against shareholders preferences, but in their interest.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment in its series Working Papers Economia with number wp05-05.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:emp:wpaper:wp05-05

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Keywords: Corporate governance; Environmental performance; Financial performance;

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