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Environmental labeling certification and corporate environmental innovation: The moderating role of corporate ownership and local government intervention

Ren, S. and He, D. and Yan, J. and Zeng, H. and Tan, J. (2022) 'Environmental labeling certification and corporate environmental innovation: The moderating role of corporate ownership and local government intervention.', Journal of Business Research, 140 . pp. 556-571.

Abstract

Although it is well recognized that environmental labeling certification (ELC) is becoming an increasingly important voluntary environmental regulation worldwide, the evidence regarding its role in environmental innovation remains unknown. This study examines the impact of ELC on corporate environmental innovation (CEI) from both external and internal perspectives via the combination of legitimacy theory and the resource management perspective. Based on panel data of listed Chinese manufacturing firms from 2008 to 2014, it is found that ELC improves CEI. However, this relationship is also regulated by two contextual factors: the positive impact of ELC on CEI is found to be stronger for non-state-owned enterprises (non-SOEs) than for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), and it is stronger for firms in regions with a low degree of local government intervention than for firms in regions with a high degree of local government intervention. This study makes important theoretical contributions and has extensive practical value.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 18 May 2023.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
File format - PDF
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.11.023
Publisher statement:© 2021 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date accepted:06 November 2021
Date deposited:19 November 2021
Date of first online publication:18 November 2021
Date first made open access:18 May 2023

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