Determinants and consequences of corporate sustainability performance and disclosure

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dc.contributor.advisor Rigoni, Ugo it_IT Hussain, Nazim <1985> it_IT 2015-11-30 it_IT 2016-06-30T11:35:32Z 2017-03-02T10:44:51Z 2016-01-29 it_IT
dc.description.abstract Since the UN Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972, and following the great resonance of the Bruntland report issuance in 1987, corporate sustainability has climbed the ranking of governance priorities. Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting have become an increasingly relevant topic in business and academia. The body of knowledge about the determinants and outcomes of sustainability reporting has grown in last two decades. Although the relationships between key elements of corporate governance (CG) and the sustainability disclosure is a research question of many studies in recent literature, to the best of our knowledge no major reviews of the developments in this field have so far been presented. Similarly, last three decades have witnessed a huge amount of research trying to establish how company’s sustainability performance (SP) is related with financial performance (FP). Researchers have applied various methods and theoretical frameworks to investigate this relationship but results are still fragmented and competing. Keeping in view the fragmented results in the domain of corporate sustainability research, in this research I developed three related studies on determinants and consequences of corporate sustainability performance disclosure. In first essay I present a systematic review of 201 outcomes from 49 studies published in business, management, and accounting journals from year 1992 to 2014. Based on the discursive review and analytical results, we recognize the need of theory development to explain the underlying relationship. Findings provide concrete bases for theorizing the underlying relationship and development of a new comprehensive theoretical framework which can provide rationale to explain existing and future empirical evidences. In second study I empirically examine determinants of the relationship between corporate governance and various dimensions of sustainability performance in the context of dominant theories in CG and CSR nexus. The study is first attempt to quantify the sustainability performance using specific performance criteria. I apply manual content analysis on sustainability reports of US based companies and measure triple bottom sustainability performance. The empirical findings reveal that not all the governance mechanisms are equally important to foster triple bottom line performance of company. The most important implication for practitioners is the support for sustainability practices, which may be gained through implementation of specific mechanisms of corporate governance. Findings of the study intrigue the rethinking process about effectiveness of sustainability performance reporting frameworks. In third essay, I analyze the relationship between SP measures (Economic, Environmental, and Social) and FP. Data for all SP dimensions are obtained by applying manual content analysis. Differently from existing literature, in this study sustainability disclosure (SD) and SP are considered jointly through a composite index. The compliance of sustainability report with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines ensures a high degree of comparability and quality of information provided by the companies. Results obtained from fixed effect regression models reveal that the economic performance information is not relevant, while the impact of environmental and social dimensions of sustainability remains relevant and significant across different measures of FP. No evidence shows any relation between SP and capital structure. The use of control sample further corroborates the relevance of sustainability dimension to explain changes in FP. it_IT
dc.language.iso en it_IT
dc.publisher Università Ca' Foscari Venezia it_IT
dc.rights © Nazim Hussain, 2016 it_IT
dc.title Determinants and consequences of corporate sustainability performance and disclosure it_IT
dc.title.alternative it_IT
dc.type Doctoral Thesis it_IT Economia aziendale it_IT Dottorato di ricerca it_IT Dipartimento di Management it_IT
dc.description.academicyear 2014/2015, sessione 2014/2015 it_IT
dc.description.cycle 28 it_IT Comacchio, Anna it_IT
dc.location.shelfmark D001602 it_IT
dc.location Venezia, Archivio Università Ca' Foscari, Tesi Dottorato it_IT
dc.rights.accessrights openAccess it_IT
dc.thesis.matricno 956033 it_IT
dc.format.pagenumber [11], 143 p. it_IT
dc.subject.miur SECS-P/09 FINANZA AZIENDALE it_IT
dc.description.note Doctor Europaeus it_IT it_IT Stocchetti, Andrea it_IT
dc.provenance.upload Nazim Hussain (, 2015-11-30 it_IT
dc.provenance.plagiarycheck Ugo Rigoni (, 2016-01-19 it_IT

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