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Corporate governance & the environment: bad discretion, good discretion, and environmental (...)

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  • JUAN SANTALO

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

  • CARL KOCK

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

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This paper brings two important topics of corporate environmental management and corporate governance by exploring the impact of various governance mechanisms on the level of environmental performance that is realized by firms. We hypothesize that anti-takeover amendments and provisions that restrict managers´ personal liability create a sphere of "bad" discretion that allows managers to shirk by underinvesting in potentially financially beneficial levels of environmental performance. We suggest that corporate governance structures that emphasize higher levels of performance pay and lower degrees of monitoring create a degree of "good" discretion that enhances environmental firm performance.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment in its series Working Papers Economia with number wp05-24.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:emp:wpaper:wp05-24

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Keywords: Corporate governance; Corporate environmental performance; Managerial discretion;

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