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Is Corporate Sustainability a Value-Increasing Strategy for Business?


  • Shih-Fang Lo

    (International Division, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Taiwan)

  • Her-Jiun Sheu

    (Department of Management Science and the Graduate Institute of Finance, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan)


A new movement reconciling corporate sustainability and investment is gaining world-wide attention. Whether corporate sustainability has an impact on market value is examined using large US non-financial firms from 1999 to 2002 in this paper. Taking Tobin's "q" as the proxy for firm value, a significantly positive relation between corporate sustainability and its market value is found. We also find a strong interaction effect between corporate sustainability and sales growth on firm value. Moreover, there is evidence to support that being sustainable causes a firm to increase its value. This indicates that companies with remarkable sustainable development strategies are more likely to be rewarded by investors with a higher valuation in the financial markets. Copyright (c) 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation (c) 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Shih-Fang Lo & Her-Jiun Sheu, 2007. "Is Corporate Sustainability a Value-Increasing Strategy for Business?," Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(2), pages 345-358, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:corgov:v:15:y:2007:i:2:p:345-358

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