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

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  • CARL KOCK

    () (Instituto de Empresa)

  • Juan Santaló

    () (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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  • CARL KOCK & Juan Santaló, 2005. "Are shareholders environmental "laggards"? Corporate Governance and environmental firm performance," Working Papers Economia wp05-05, Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment.
  • Handle: RePEc:emp:wpaper:wp05-05
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    1. Nerine Mary George & Sergey Anokhin & Vinit Parida & Joakim Wincent, 2015. "Technological advancement through imitation by industry incumbents in strategic alliances," Chapters,in: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy, chapter 3, pages 65-88 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Corporate governance; Environmental performance; Financial performance;

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