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    Title: Is environmental disclosure an effective strategy on establishment of environmental legitimacy for organization?
    Other Titles: 環境揭露對組織環境合理性的建立是個有效的策略嗎?
    Authors: Kuo, Lopin;Chen, Vivian Yi-Ju
    Contributors: 淡江大學會計學系;淡江大學統計學系
    Keywords: Japan;Corporate governance;Social responsibility;Disclosure;Corporate stratey;Environmental legitimacy;Environmental management;Environmental disclosure;Tree-stage least spuares
    Date: 2013-09-01
    Issue Date: 2013-10-24 18:34:03 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
    Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between level of environmental disclosure and establishment of a legitimacy image of operation among Japanese firms after implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.
    Design/methodology/approach – This study uses a sample consisting of 208 firms listed in the Japan Nikkei Stock Index 500 and adopts three-stage least-squares (3SLS) to explore the relationship between environmental news exposure, environmental disclosure in corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, and environmental legitimacy.
    Findings – Results indicate that firms from environmentally-sensitive industries can significantly improve their perceived legitimacy by releasing CSR reports; firms with better prior environmental legitimacy will be more active in environmental disclosure and establish better environmental legitimacy in the next period; firms with better carbon reduction performance tend to have higher levels of environmental disclosure. In terms of carbon reduction performance, Japanese firms in the sample may reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 49.636 tons by allocating one million yens (approximately 9,670.3 euros or 12,328 US dollars) to environmental expenditure.
    Practical implications – The top three items of environmental disclosure in most Japanese firms' CSR reports are environmental management, development of alternative energies, and ecological information. These results reveal environmental behavior of sample firms in Japan to mitigate global warming. The managers should understand that the impact of substantive actions for environmental management on legitimacy is greater.
    Originality/value – Environmental management has become an important component of business management beliefs for most firms, and Japanese firms that belong to environmentally-sensitive industries are even more active in using CSR reports as an effective tool to establish their legitimacy image.
    Relation: Management Decision 51(7), pp.1462-1487
    DOI: 10.1108/MD-06-2012-0395
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