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The impact of cultural factors on shareholder governance and environmental sustainability: an international context

Lassaad Ben Mahjoub (Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Ines Amara (King Faisal University, Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia)

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5945

Article publication date: 22 October 2020

Issue publication date: 2 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the effect of the shareholder governance on environmental sustainability by the moderating effect of some cultural factors.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors have studied the extent of sustainability by continent. On the other hand, the authors have conducted three empirical models that deal with the effect of shareholder governance on environmental sustainability and also with the moderating effect of cultural factors.

Findings

Using a sample of 140 countries during the year 2018, the authors find a notable and positive effect of the shareholder governance on environmental sustainability. Regarding the role of cultural factors, the authors found that the factor gender parity is more important than other factors.

Practical implications

The findings have policy implications for governments aiming to combat environmental sustainability and shareholder governance.

Originality/value

This research has approached cultural factors in a different context, which is an eastern country, which are completely different from those of western countries. On the other hand, the subject of sustainability is not sufficiently threated in this country (Saudi Arabia).

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Citation

Ben Mahjoub, L. and Amara, I. (2020), "The impact of cultural factors on shareholder governance and environmental sustainability: an international context", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 367-385. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-06-2020-0060

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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