The association between corporate environmental and financial performance

Advances in Accountability: Regulation, Research, Gender and Justice

ISBN: 978-0-76230-518-6, eISBN: 978-1-84950-030-2

ISSN: 1041-7060

Publication date: 6 April 2001

Abstract

We compare differences in performance for samples of firms classified as good, average, and poor environmental performers by the Council for Economic Priorities. Test results suggest that both environmentally “good” and “average” firms significantly outperform environmentally “poor” firms. These results are consistent with poor environmental performers being poorly managed and/or with market participants penalizing corporate polluters. Implications for expanded environmental disclosure are discussed.

Citation

Vafeas, N. and Nikolaou, V. (2001), "The association between corporate environmental and financial performance", Lehman, C. (Ed.) Advances in Accountability: Regulation, Research, Gender and Justice (Advances in Public Interest Accounting, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 195-214. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1041-7060(01)08010-5

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