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Environmental Responsibility and Firm Performance: Evidence from Nigeria

By Collins C. Ngwakwe

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Abstract—The objective of this paper is to establish a possible relationship between sustainable business practice and firm performance. Using a field survey methodology, a sample of sixty manufacturing companies in Nigeria was studied. The firms were categorised into two groups, environmentally ‘responsible ’ and ‘irresponsible ’ firms. An investigation was undertaken into the possible relationship between firm performance and three selected indicators of sustainable business practice: employee health and safety (EHS), waste management (WM), and community development (CD), common within the 30 ‘responsible ’ firms. Findings from empirical results reveal that the sustainable practices of the ‘responsible ’ firms are significantly related with firm performance. In addition, sustainable practices are inversely related with fines and penalties. The paper concludes that, within the Nigerian setting at least, sustainability affects corporate performance and sustainability may be a possible tool for corporate conflict resolution as evidenced in the reduction of fines, penalties and compensations. The paper therefore recommends research into the relationship between sustainability and conflict management. Keywords—Environmental responsibility, environmental investment, social responsibility, sustainable business, social ethics, environmental ethics. I

Year: 2011
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