Determinants and consequences of environmental investment: an empirical study of Indonesian firms

Anis Chariri (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia)
Mohammad Nasir (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia)
Indira Januarti (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia)
Daljono Daljono (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia)

Journal of Asia Business Studies

ISSN: 1558-7894

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the effect of institutional ownership, audit committee and types of industry on environmental investment. Furthermore, this research investigates the consequences of environmental investments on firm financial performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample consisted of 145 companies listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchanges and receiving PROPER awards issued by the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Indonesia in the year 2009-2015. The data were then analyzed using ordinal logistic regression and multiple regression.

Findings

The findings showed that environmental investment was significantly affected by types of industry. However, institutional ownership and audit committee did not influence environmental investment. Finally, the finding indicated that environmental investments positively affected firm financial performance.

Research limitations/implications

This research only covered companies listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchanges and receiving PROPER awards. Thus, the findings cannot be generalized for all companies in Indonesia and other markets.

Originality/value

This study is the first effort intended to investigate the determinants and consequences of environmental investment which have been ignored by previous studies, especially in the Asian emerging markets. This study at least provides us with two main contributions. First, the findings on determinants of environmental investment can be used by governments in Asian countries, especially Indonesia as a reference in making policies concerning the obligations of companies to the environmental problems. Second, the finding on the relationship of environmental investment and financial performance can be used by companies as strategies to generate profits without destroying the environment.

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Citation

Chariri, A., Nasir, M., Januarti, I. and Daljono, D. (2019), "Determinants and consequences of environmental investment: an empirical study of Indonesian firms", Journal of Asia Business Studies, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 433-449. https://doi.org/10.1108/JABS-05-2017-0061

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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